Distributed and Interactive Systems group news

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.

Dick C.A. Bulterman appointed professor of Distributed Multimedia Languages and Infrastructures

On 1 March 2008, CWI researcher Dick Bulterman was appointed professor of Distributed Multimedia Languages and Infrastructures at the VU University Amsterdam (VU). At the VU Bulterman will work within the Business, Web and Media research group of the Computer Sciences Department, which is part of the VU's Faculty of Sciences. His research concentrates on the development of synchronization languages and interactive infrastructures for supporting a broad range of dynamically distributable multimedia applications on mobile and personal devices.

CWI contributes to next generation web forms

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released a new Recommendation for online forms called XForms 1.0. Surfers can use these forms to submit information on websites. CWI-researcher Steven Pemberton presided the W3C Working Group that developed the worldwide standard.

W3C accepts New Multimedia Standard for Web Presentations

The W3C consortium has accepted a new standard for multimediapresentations on the Internet. This was announced by Tim Berners-Lee, the consortium's director and inventor of the World Wide Web (WWW), in a press release on the Web ( on June 15. The world-wide W3C consortium was established in order to guide the Web's development.CWI hosts the local W3C office in The Netherlands. The new standard, SMIL (pronounced 'smile'), is a specification language for synchronized, interactive multimedia presentations on the Internet.