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< Contents ERCIM News No. 57, April 2004
  CWI - The Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science has started a new pilot theme on multimedia delivery. The Convergent Media Interfaces group is working on new methods for designing, transporting and rendering multiple multimedia objects like audio, video, text and images over heterogeneous networks and appliances. One of the major challenges of the theme is to present the same content on networks using widely different protocols and devices, ranging from UMTS to the Internet. The initial application area is the creation and distribution of medical multimedia content. Convergent Media Interfaces is led by Dick Bulterman. He was involved in the development of SMIL, a language for creating multimedia presentations. It can synchronize audio or video streams with text and images. SMIL is a W3C Recommendation and has been applied in media players like GRiNS, Quicktime, Realplayer and CWI's open source AMBULANT player.