Leader of the group Distributed and Interactive Systems: Pablo Santiago César Garcia.

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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.



DIS at CHI 2019

DIS at CHI 2019

The Distributed and Interactive Systems group from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) will be present at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019, presenting three full papers.

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Current events

PhD Defence Jan Willem Martin Kleinrouweler - DIS

  • 2020-10-28T15:45:00+01:00
  • 2020-10-28T17:45:00+01:00
October 28 Wednesday

Start: 2020-10-28 15:45:00+01:00 End: 2020-10-28 17:45:00+01:00

Aula of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Everyone is welcome to attend the public defence of Jan Willem Martin Kleinrouweler of his thesis 'Modeling and Optimization of Network Assisted Video Streaming'.


Promotor: Prof. dr. D.C.A. Bulterman (VU)

Co-promotor: Prof. dr. P.S. Cesar Garcia (TU Delft)

Co-promotor: Prof. dr. R.D. van der Mei (VU)


The defence will take place at the aula of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Associated Members



Current projects with external funding

  • ICT prijs Pablo Cesar Garcia
  • MediaScape
  • PPS Automotive
  • Overeenkomst met Xinhua Network(deel 2): Cooperation of Industry Doctor (PPS Xinhua Network (deel 2))
  • Opera co-creation for a social transformation (TRACTION)
  • An end-to-end system for the production and delivery of photorealistic social immersive virtual reality experiences (VRTogether)

Related partners

  • i2CAT
  • Xinhua Network
  • Artanim
  • Dublin City University
  • Matarasso Francois Louis Andre
  • Irish Opera Transformations Company Limited by Guarantee
  • Fundacio del Teatre del LICEU
  • Sociedade Artistica Musical dos Pousos
  • TNO
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Fundacion Centro de Tecnologias de Interaccion Visual Y Comunicaciones Vicomtech
  • Virtual Reality Ireland Media Ltd