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Irene Viola

Irene Viola is a tenure-track researcher within the Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). She received her MSc in Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, in 2015, and her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in 2019. Her research interest lay in compression, transmission, and QoE metrics and methodologies for immersive multimedia systems. She has served as a QUALINET chair for the task force in Immersive Media Experiences since 2017, and is actively involved in standardization bodies such as MPEG and ITU.

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Silvia Rossi

Silvia Rossi is a PostDoc (ERCIM fellow) of the Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in the Netherlands. She received her BSc and MSc degrees, both in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Bologna - Cesena (Italy) in 2013 and 2016, and her Ph.D from UCL, London (UK) in 2022. Her PhD topic was “Understanding user interactivity for the next-generation immersive communication: design, optimisation, and behavioural analysis”. She is also an active member of the multimedia community being part of the Special Interest Group of Multimedia (SIGMM) Records team. Truly passionate about multimedia and technology, her research interests are at the crossroad between multimedia processing, data processing and analysis, machine learning, and communication systems.

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Thomas Röggla

Thomas Röggla is a senior scientific software engineer in the Distributed & Interactive Systems (DIS) group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and a Master’s degree in Internet & Web Technologies from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). He has had permanent appointment with CWI since 2018 and worked as a software developer on various European and national research projects, covering areas including Physiological & Affective Computing, Immersive Multimedia Systems and Media Production.

Omar Niamut

As Director of Science at TNO ICT, Omar Aziz Niamut guides TNO researchers in the development of key enabling digital technologies, such as AI, cyber and crypto, data sharing, digital infrastructure and quantum. He has led the research on social XR at TNO and has build a solid knowledge and technology position for Dutch companies to become active around metaverse developments. He has over 20 years of experience in developing media technologies and has over 40 patent applications. His research on streaming 360-degree video to VR headsets led to TNO start-up Tiledmedia. He recently was awarded a grant from Meta's XR Programs and Research Fund to study the impact of the metaverse on the future of work.


Pablo Cesar

Pablo Cesar has led the Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group at CWI since January 2014 and is Professor of Human-Centered Multimedia Systems in the Department of Intelligent Systems (INSY) at TU Delft. He has received the prestigious 2020 Netherlands Prize for ICT Research. He is IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Senior member, the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply, and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Distinguished Member, cited for significant achievements across the computing field recognizing up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership. His research focuses on measuring and evaluating the way users interact and communicate with each other using a wide range of decentralized digital systems. Cesar has co-directed over 15 externally funded research projects (H2020, FP7, FP6, PPP, NWO).

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