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Steven Pemberton wins 2017 Best Demo Award at XML London

On 10 June 2017 Steven Pemberton won by acclamation the Demo Award at the XML London conference for his demonstration 'XForms Game'. XForms is a web technology and W3C standard, co-designed by Pemberton, originally intended for handling forms on the web. It now has been generalized to allow the description of more general applications.

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.

CWI DIS group in Red Bull doc 'This is the Future'

The CWI Distributed and Interactive Systems group cooperated in a revolutionary tech project called 'Red Bull Playrooms' during ADE 2016. Red Bull has now published a documentary that gives insight to the unique elements and the work of all partners including our DIS group regarding this project. In the documentary you will see our researchers in action, together with other contributors to the project.

CWI develops strategies for compression and transmission of reconstructed 3D data

Internet is used for communication via video conferencing, voice calls, chatting, photo sharing, online gaming and virtual reality. These technologies are changing our daily lives and the way we interact with each other. Highly realistic reconstructed 3D representations that combine real and synthetic contents in a virtual world will be part of this online interaction more and more.

Best Paper Award for DIS researchers at PhyCS 2016

CWI researchers Chen Wang, Xintong Zhu, Thomas Roggla, and Pablo Cesar of CWI's Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group were awarded a prestigious Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems (PhyCS 2016).

Dick Bulterman appointed CWI Fellow

Prof. Dick Bulterman has been appointed CWI Fellow per 1 July 2016. This distinction is given to prominent researchers at CWI for their contribution to CWI's research and administration. Bulterman is member of the Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group at CWI, which he headed from 2002 to 2014.

Unique experiment during 'War Horse' play in Shanghai

The National Theatre of China, Chinese news agency Xinhuanet and CWI performed a unique sensor experiment during a series of theater performances of 'War Horse' in Shanghai. During the experiments, volunteers were equipped with bio-sensors which recorded the body response data throughout the performance.

CWI and Xinhuanet sign cooperation agreement

CWI and Chinese online news provider Xinhuanet signed a cooperation agreement to develop a user experience research program. Jos Baeten (director CWI) and Tian Shubin (Xinhuanet CEO) signed the agreement last week at the China Holland Business Summit 2014 in Beijing.

Theatre play with actors in two locations

Together with partners of the Vconect project, researchers at CWI demonstrated how group video communications can be used to enable a theatre play performed between two different locations, and experienced live by a remote audience over super-fast broadband.

CWI develops tool for creation of personal video stories

Researchers at CWI have developed software that can automatically create a personalized video story by re-mixing material captured by multiple people at an event. The project, called MyVideos, enables users to share stories from small-scale events with friends and relatives that might not have been there. Researcher Rodrigo Laiola Guimarães will defend his thesis ‘Socially-Aware Multimedia Authoring’ on 28 January 2014 at the VU University Amsterdam.

Biofeedback shows attention levels of online audiences

Researchers at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam and Falmouth University in the UK have developed a novel method to measure the response of audiences watching a show. Using skin conductivity sensors, the researchers were able to monitor the attention levels and emotional response of the spectators of a theatre’s play.

Nationale ICT Award 2013 for Python and SIG

Programming language Python and company Software Improvement Group (SIG) were awarded a Nationale ICT Award last night. Both winners have their origins at CWI. Python was awarded the COMMIT/ Award for the most valuable product resulting from ICT research that is over ten years old. SIG received the ICT Milieu Award for their application energy profile register.

CWI develops prototype for '3D-based Skype'

Researchers from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam and Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) have devised a prototype system that can efficiently stream live-constructed 3D representations. This Tele-Immersion system enables three-dimensional 'Skype-like' communication between remote users.