Welcome to INTERTAIN Experimental Research

INTERTAIN Experimental Research Lab is an initiative by the Department of Computer Science at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Home Lab provides an environment for key research themes which involve user-centered, distributed, interactive and intelligent multi-device applications.

INTERTAIN Home Lab’s primary goals are:

  • Facilitating user-centered experimental research in a realistic environment where we can connect mobile, Web and physical worlds in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Serving as a showcase for state-of-the-art technologies & demos. It can show the ubiquitous nature of information, presented on mobile phones and other Web-enabled devices.
  • Providing a laboratory to experiment with distributed technologies and human-aware applications, based on sensor input and background knowledge.
  • Fostering collaboration among the Computer Science groups in national and international projects.
  • Serving as an attractive environment for advanced courses and student projects.


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INTERTAIN lab features on Dutch television

On Wednesday November 17, 2010, the INTERTAIN lab featured on Dutch television in “Het Klokhuis“, an educational television show for early teenagers. The item can be seen here.

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On Friday 16th April 2010 the Intertain Experimental Research HomeLab at the Department of Computer Science, at the VU University Amsterdam opened its doors. The program included external keynotes, in-house demonstrations and walk-through the lab facilities.

INTERTAIN Demonstrations I: Sensors

  • 3D molecular interaction visualization (VU Chemistry dept. demo)
  • Bio sensors used in bike training  (Lifestyle Informatics project demo)
  • Location tracking using in-house micro-GPS sensors

INTERTAIN Demonstrations II: Interaction

  • Distributed applications using Android phones  (Interdroid project demo)
  • Visualization of a remotely running galaxy simulation  (Ibis project demo)
  • Interactive applications on multi-touch tables and large LCD screens

INTERTAIN Demonstrations III: Digital Cultural Heritage

  • Semantic Cultural Heritage (E-culture project video and demo)
  • Personalized Museum Tours (CHIP project demo)
  • Video Tagging Games (PrestoPrime demo)

Invited Speakers:

Marleen Stikker President of Waag Society Member of ICT Regie

Pieter van der Heijden Designer of the Beeld en Geluid Experience in Hilversum Managing director and partner of XPEX BV

Prof. Hans Akkermans, VU Computer Science Department chair


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Sir Tim Berners-Lee @ INTERTAIN Lab

On 20th of October 2009, during the 129th Dies Natalis at the VU University Sir Timothy Berners-Leewas granted an honorary doctorate.

He together with other guests at the Dies symposium on World Wide Web and Social Development visited the INTERTAIN Lab.

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