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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!


  • (Feb/2022) Pedro Ferreira, José Cecílio, Manuel Fonseca, and Vinícius Cogo invite to follow Smart2B project at the freshly launch social media Link.
  • (Feb/2022) Robin Vassantlal and Nuno Burnay achieved at the Google Hash Code 2022 4th place at the national level.
  • (Jan/2022) Ibéria Medeiros and Nuno Neves publish in IEEE Transactions on Reliability, a high-impact journal.
  • (Jan/2022) Alysson Bessani, Tiago Guerreiro, and Cátia Pesquita are the new Executive Committee 2022/23.
  • (Nov/2021) The 1st release of the promotional video of EU H2020 ADMORPH’s project was delivered video.
  • (Oct/2021) Ana Respício was one of the recipients of the IFIP Service Award.
  • (Sep/2021) The EU H2020 Smart building management in the clouds (SMART2B) project started.
  • (Sep/2021) Alysson Bessani won the best paper award at SRDS 2021.
  • (Jun/2021) Alysson Bessani and Nuno Neves's paper, co-authored by alumnus Miguel Garcia Henriques et al., won the DSN-2021 Test-of-Time Award.
  • (Dec/2020) The Very Efficient Deep Learning in IoT (VEDLIoT) project started.

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[1] What: NavTalk, When: Thu 2022-March-10, 2:00pm, Where: c6.3.27


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