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Distributed & Interactive Systems Group

Our research group focuses on facilitating and improving the way people use interactive systems and how people communicate with each other. We combine data science with a strong human-centric, empirical approach to understand the experience of users. This enables us to design and develop next generation intelligent and empathic systems. We base our results on realistic testing grounds and data sets, and embrace areas such as ubiquitous computing, human-centered multimedia systems, and languages.

The group addresses key problems for society and science, following a multi-disciplinary approach. This results in a full-stack methodology that enables us to bridge socio-technical gaps in society and science by instrumenting the appropriate infrastructures and communication protocols using realistic testing grounds.

Distributed and Interactive Systems is an outward-looking research group, that enjoys a number of fruitful partnerships with companies and organizations in the areas of creative industries, smart cities, automotive industry and wellbeing. Our group transfers knowledge through scientific publications, standards bodies, open-source implementations and consultancy. We pride ourselves on pushing boundaries, leading the way for others to follow.


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Symposium on Human-Centered Multimedia to Celebrate Pablo Cesar's Professorship Appointment

Publication date: 2022-04-26

On May 20th 2022, Prof. Dr. Pablo Cesar will give his inaugural lecture at TU Delft, Aula, to celebrate his appointment to professorship. The lecture, titled “Human-Centered Multimedia: Making Remote Togetherness Possible”, will provide an overview of his research with a focus on volumetric video conferencing and the future of eXtended Reality (XR) as a collaboration and communication medium.

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Master's Thesis Topics 2022 at CWI DIS

Publication date: 2022-04-08

The Distributed & Interactive Systems group at CWI has new open positions for motivated students who would like to work on their Master’s thesis as an internship in the group. Topics include human computer interaction, artificial intelligence, cognitive (neuro-)science and/or interaction design. Keep reading for more information about research topics, requirements and contact information.

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Pablo Cesar awarded Dutch Prize for ICT Research

Publication date: 2020-09-17

Last week Pablo Cesar was awarded the Dutch Prize for ICT research during a festive ceremony at the Hodshon House in Haarlem. NWO released a video in honor of Cesar’s work, in which he explains the focus of his research.

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Dutch Post-CHI 2022 at CWI

Publication date: 2022-06-17

As part of the yearly Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) activities of CHI Nederland (CHI NL), this year CWI will host the Dutch Post-CHI 2022 as an in-person event on Wednesday, June 22.

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Steven Pemberton on NOS News TV

Publication date: 2022-06-15

On 14 June, CWI’s Steven Pemberton was interviewed on national radio and television in the Netherlands, talking about the end of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. He appeared in the 6 and 8 o’clock NOS News on Dutch national TV, and in ‘News & Co’ on Radio 1. Pemberton, who in his time at CWI was one of the first Internet users in Europe, knows a lot about browser technology: he was a co-designer of HTML, CSS, XHTML, XForms, RDFa, and other Web technologies at W3C.

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DIS at CHI 2022

Publication date: 2022-04-15

Research carried out by the Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has resulted in contributions to this year’s ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2022). CHI is the flagship conference of ACM SIGCHI, the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in technology and human-computer interaction. Below we highlight the work we will present (2 full papers, 1 Late-breaking Work, 3 workshop position papers), and make two announcements about the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award and CHI Nederland.

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Steven Pemberton Awarded the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award 2022

Publication date: 2022-04-04

CWI researcher Steven Pemberton has been awarded the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award 2022. The award is presented to individuals for outstanding contributions to the practice and understanding of human-computer interaction, and recognizes the very best and most influential applications of human-computer interaction. It is awarded for a lifetime of innovation and leadership.

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