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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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Master's Thesis Topics 2021

Publication date: 2020-09-23

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 smart textiles, activity recognition, physiological sensing, virtual reality, point clouds, Internet of things and web technologies. 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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Tong Xue, Jie Li and Pablo Cesar Awarded Best Demo Award at ACM IMX 2020

Publication date: 2020-06-23

On June 19th 2020, the demo paper “A Social VR Clinic for Knee Arthritis Patients with Haptics” authored by Tong Xue (CWI, BIT), Jie Li (CWI), Guo Chen (IBM Research, Beijing) and Pablo Cesar (CWI) was awarded the Best Demo Award at the ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experience (ACM IMX) 2020. The demo was presented remotely, through a social virtual reality (VR) platform called Mozilla Hubs.

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Jack Jansen Awarded Best Demo Award at ACM MMSys 2020

Publication date: 2020-06-15

On June 11th 2020, the paper “A Pipeline for Multiparty Volumetric Video Conferencing: transmission of point clouds over low latency DASH” authored by Jack Jansen (CWI), Shishir Subramanyam (CWI), Romain Bouqueau (Motion Spell), Gianluca Cernigliaro (i2Cat Foundation), Marc Martos Cabré (i2Cat Foundation), Fernando Pérez (The Modern Cultural) and Pablo Cesar (CWI, TU Delft) has been awarded with the Best Demo paper Award at the ACM MMSys 2020 conference.

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DIS Group organised ACM CHI 2020 Social VR Workshop on VR Platform during COVID-19

Publication date: 2020-05-15

Jie Li and Pablo Cesar have successfully organized the ACM CHI2020 Social VR Workshop on a social VR platform called Mozilla Hubs. This workshop was co-organized together with David A. Shamma (FXPAL Laboratory), Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy (BBC R&D), Raz Schwartz (Facebook AR/VR), and Wijnand Ijsselsteijn (Eindhoven University of Technology). Due to the COVID-19, the event, scheduled on April 25 at the Hawaii Convention Center, was cancelled. However, the co-organizers decided to make use of the quarantine as a unique opportunity to explore how a social VR platform could be used to run the workshop. The workshop, “Social VR: A New Medium for Remote Communication & Collaboration”, was sponsored by the EU H2020 VRTogether project, and received technical support from Mozilla and FXPAL Laboratory.

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Surjya Ghosh Selected to Participate in the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Publication date: 2020-05-07

Surjya Ghosh of CWI’s DIS group has been selected to participate in the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), to be held from 19 to 24 September 2021, in Heidelberg, Germany. The annual HLF event selects a small group of 200 most qualified Young Researchers worldwide to meet pre-eminent scientists from the fields of mathematics and computer science.

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