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We are the Navigators, a research team on distributed systems, their architectures, their algorithms, in their several skins: fault tolerance, real-time, security, and combinations thereof.

We also pursue the quest for the right balance between science and technology. Some people say that Informatics (a.k.a. computer science and engineering) belongs to a new breed, of what are called techno-sciences. We believe that techno-scientists should accompany theoretical mastery with a deep knowledge of their environment — computer technology — as well as astro-physicists know the sky, or marine biologists know the sea.

We study new theories to explain distributed systems, and new algorithms to take advantage from them. But we also like to do proof-of-concept experiments about the theory we work on. We try that our papers and theses tell a good story as clearly as possible. We work hard for our demonstrations to be convincing and captivating. Because we believe science is made for others.

Our greatest riches are our culture, and our researchers and students. If you believe in the former, you can become one of the latter. Welcome!


  • (11/Apr/2018) Based on the final demonstration of the Supercloud project last month, here is a video about Sirius, the multi-cloud network virtualization platform.
  • (1/Oct/2017) NavTalks seminars have started for a new year of discussions!

Latest publications


[1] What: NavTalk, When: Wed 2018-Apr-4, 12:00pm, Where: room 6.3.38

Wilson Melo presents Decentralized Metrological Surveillance of Fuel Pumps
Vinicius Cogo presents On the Challenges of Deduplicating Human Genomic Sequencing Data

[2] What: NavTalk, When: Wed 2018-Mar-21, 12:15pm, Where: room 6.3.38

Ibéria Medeiros presents Detecting Web Application Vulnerabilities using Fuzzing and Symbolic Execution
Tomás Peixinho presents Securing the internet at the exchange point with a blockchain

[3] What: NavTalk, When: Wed 2018-Mar-7, 12pm, Where: room 6.3.38

Nuno Neves presents dry run talk SUPERCLOUD final review
Eric Vial presents dry run demo SUPERCLOUD final review

[4] What: NavTalk, When: Wed 2018-Feb-21, 12pm, Where: room 6.3.38

Rui Azevedo presents Secure SIEM using OSINT for avoiding threats

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