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.



Best Doctoral Consortium Paper Award for Jan Willem Kleinrouweler at TVX 2017

Best Doctoral Consortium Paper Award for Jan Willem Kleinrouweler at TVX 2017

On 14 June Jan Willem Kleinrouweler of CWI’s DIS group has been awarded with the Best Paper Award at the the ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video (TVX 2017) . He received the award for his paper “Enhancing Over-the-Top Video Streaming Quality with DASH Assisting Network Elements”.

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DIS at CHI 2017

DIS at CHI 2017

The Distributed and Interactive Systems group from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) will be present at CHI 2017 showcasing their research on social media and semantics, and smart textiles and environments. CWI contributes with a long and a WiP papers, an interactivity demo, and a workshop paper.

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Current events

PhD defence Marwin Schmitt (DIS)

  • 2019-09-10T09:45:00+02:00
  • 2019-09-10T11:30:00+02:00
September 10 Tuesday

Start: 2019-09-10 09:45:00+02:00 End: 2019-09-10 11:30:00+02:00

Auditorium VU, Boelelaan 1105 in Amsterdam

Everyone is welcome to attend the public defence of Marwin Schmitt of his thesis 'Personal Quality of Experience: Accurately modelling Quality of Experience for multi-party desktop video-conferencing based on systems, context and user factors'.

promotor: prof. dr. D.C.A. Bulterman (CWI/VU)

co-promotors: dr. P.S. Cesar (CWI/TU Delft),  dr. J.A. Redi (TU Delft)


Associated Members



Current projects with external funding

  • PPS Automotive
  • Overeenkomst met Xinhua Network(deel 2): Cooperation of Industry Doctor (PPS Xinhua Network (deel 2))
  • An end-to-end system for the production and delivery of photorealistic social immersive virtual reality experiences (VRTogether)
  • LIT Lace Interface (WORTH Project)

Related partners

  • i2CAT
  • Xinhua Network
  • Artanim
  • Sara+Sarah Smart Textile Desgin LLP
  • TNO