Pablo Santiago César Garcia

Full Name
Prof.dr. P.S. César Garcia
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Scientific Staff Member, Group leader
Pablo Santiago César Garcia


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Dr. Pablo Cesar leads Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group at CWI and is Professor at TU Delft at the Intelligent Systems (INSY) department of TU Delft. Pablo‘s research focuses on modeling and controlling complex collections of media objects (including real-time media and sensor data) that are distributed in time and space.

Recently, he has received the prestigious 2020 Netherlands Prize for ICT Research because of his work on human-centered multimedia systems. “The jury praises Cesar for his impressive scientific achievements and his ability to communicate his research in an understandable way. Cesar reaches and inspires people inside and outside his field.”

Dr.  Cesar’s research focuses on measuring and evaluating the way users interact and communicate with each other using a wide range of decentralized digital systems. His scientific research has been recognized worldwide with nine best paper awards at top venues, and he is a prominent international figure in the field of human-centered multimedia systems. In particular, his more recent work focuses on evaluating quality of experience within immersive media, with a core contribution on multi-party videoconferencing and point cloud compression and delivery. This work was recently adopted within the MPEG and ITU standardization processes. Cesar has (co-)directed 14 externally funded research projects with a total research income of almost €5M. He is co-advisor of five completed PhD students, with four other students currently in process.

The vision behind Dr. Cesar’s work is a future where multimedia systems will be human-centered and thus capable of understanding the user(s) and the environment, providing empathic and highly customized experiences that are immersive and interactive. The research thus focuses on facilitating and improving the way people access media and communicate with others and with the environment, addressing key problems resulting from the dense connectivity of content, people and devices. Cesar’s research combines data science techniques with a strong human-centric, empirical approach to understanding the experiences of users. This enables him to design and develop next generation intelligent and empathic systems. He bases his results on realistic testing grounds and data sets, and embraces areas such as healthcare and wellbeing, education, smart cities, and creative industries.

His mission is to bring core human-computer interaction methodologies to computer science research, and his firm conviction is that for a humane future and for solving tomorrow’s scientific challenges, an interdisciplinary research approach is required. Cesar initiates projects where computer scientists explore problems together with other professionals (sociologists, artists, designers, educators or health professionals, depending on the goal). A combination of expertise provides a plethora of methodologies and approaches that can be applied depending on the problem and the stage of the research (from simulations to field trials, from performance testing to model prediction).



All publications


  • The best demo award at ACM International Conference on Multimedia (2022)
  • Netherlands Prize for ICT Research (2020)
  • Best paper award IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology 2020 (2020)
  • Best Demo Award at ACM MMsys 2020 (2020)
  • Best Demo Award at ACM IMX 2020 (2020)
  • Second Prize (poster) ICT.Open 2019 (2019)
  • Best poster award, ICT OPEN (2019)
  • Best paper award candidate ACM Symposium on Document Engineering 2018 (2018)
  • Best paper award, ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video 2018 (2018)
  • European Design Award (Silver) for the project “Red Bull Playrooms - The Sixth Sense" (2017)
  • Runner up for Best paper award (DASH Forum) ACM Multimedia Systems Conference 2017 (2017)
  • ITEA gold award for the Passepartout project (2016)
  • Best paper award International Conference on Physiological Computing 2016 (2016)
  • Best paper award (DASH Forum) ACM Multimedia Systems Conference 2016 (2016)
  • Best paper award on Multimedia Brazilian Symposium on Multimedia and Web (WebMedia) 2013 (2013)
  • Best paper award on 3D Technology in Multimedia - ACM Multimedia Systems Conference 2013 (2013)
  • Best paper award International Workshop on Interactive Content Consumption 2013 (2013)
  • Best paper award candidate - ACM Hypertext Conference 2011 (2011)
  • Best paper of ACM Special Interest Group: ACM SIG Multimedia 2008 (2008)
  • Best paper award EuroITV Conference 2008 (2008)
  • Best paper award candidate - ACM Multimedia 2008 (2008)

Professional activities

  • Committee member: Steering committee ACM MMsys
  • Committee member: Steering committee ACM SIGMM
  • Committee member: Steering committee ACM IMX
  • Chair: General co-chair EuroITV 2007
  • Chair: Program co-chair EuroITV 2009
  • Editor: Associate Editor: ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (ACM TOMM)
  • Chair: Program co-chair ACM TVX 2014
  • Professor: Technische Universiteit Delft - [TUD]
  • Editor: Editor in Chief: ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) Records
  • Chair: Program co-chair ACM MMsys 2017
  • Speaker: Keynote speaker - Conference on Physiological Computing Systems PhyCS 2017
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - Royal College of Art (RCA)
  • Speaker: Keynote speaker - International Workshop on Educational and Knowledge Technologies (MultiEdTech 2017) at ACM Multimedia 2017 Conference
  • Chair: General co-chair ACM MMSys 2018
  • Speaker: Keynote speaker - Workshop on Understanding Subjective Attributes of Data, with the focus on Evoked Emotions (EE-USAD 2018) at ACM Multimedia 2018 Conference
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - International Broadcasting Convention (IBC 2019)
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - Amsterdam Data Science (ADS) Meetup (ADS Meetup)
  • Speaker: Keynote speaker - IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality (IEEE AIVR)
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - Stereopsia - the World Immersion Forum (Stereopsia)
  • Chair: General co-chair ACM IMX 2020
  • Chair: Program co-chair IEEE MIPR 2020
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - VRDays Europe
  • Honorary Position: Named ACM distinguished member
  • Chair: Program co-chair ACM MM 2021
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Innovative Solutions for Digital Healthcare
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - VRDays Europe
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - Artistic Musical Society of Pousos
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - Design Academy Eindhoven Research Festival
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - De Waterweger
  • Speaker: Invited speaker - Immersive Tech Week
  • Speaker: Invited speaker: “Connecting People”, Dagstuhl Seminar 23042 - Quality of Sustainable Experience (QoSE), Dagstuhl, Germany, January 22, 2023.
  • Speaker: Invited speaker: “Towards Volumetric Video Conferencing”, EXECUTE conference, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Speaker: Invited speaker: “Introduction / Social XR as a New Medium for Communication and Collaboration”, International Summer School on eXtended Reality Technology and eXperience, Madrid, Spain
  • Speaker: Keynote speaker: “Human Interaction”, Kick-Off international research collaboration Inria- CWI, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Speaker: Keynote speaker: “Towards Volumetric Video Conferencing”, ACM Workshop on Mobile Immersive Computing, Networking, and Systems (at MobiComp 2023)
  • Speaker: Invited speaker: “Towards Volumetric Video Conferencing”, Steropsia Europe, Brussels, Belgium
  • Speaker: Keynote speaker, “Towards Volumetric Video Conferencing”, Simpósio Brasileiro de Sistemas Multimídia e Web (WebMedia), Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
  • Speaker: Keynote speaker: “Proxemics, metrics, instrumentation, evaluation”, Dagstuhl Seminar, Wadern Germany


  • January 2004 - December 2005: Helsinki Graduate School of Computer Science and Engineering (HeCSE) Graduate Assistantship for postgraduate studies. (2004)
  • June 2003 - June 2004: Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Helsinki university of Technology Graduate Assistantship for postgraduate studies. (2003)
  • December 2003: Nokia Foundation Scholarship for postgraduate studies (1 year). (2003)
  • December 2002: Nokia Foundation Scholarship for postgraduate studies (1 year). (2002)

Current projects with external funding

  • Deploying and demonstrating a 3D cultural heritage space (5D Culture)
  • AI, Media & Democracy Lab (ELSA Lab)
  • ICT prijs Pablo Cesar Garcia (ICT prijs Pablo Cesar Garcia)
  • Transforming European INDUstrial Ecosystems through eXtended Reality enhanced by human-centric AI and secure, 5G-enabled IoT (INDUX-R)
  • Ignite the Immersive Media Sector by Enabling New Narrative Visions (TransMIXR)
  • Voice driven interaction in XR spaces (VOXReality)