The Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisboa (FCUL) is one of the faculties of the University of Lisboa (UL), whose origins date back to 1288 and has presently an estimated number of 20.000 students, and a teaching staff of about 1 600 highly qualified teachers. The Faculty of Sciences has approximately 5 000 students, and is currently organised in 9 Departments, among which the Department of Informatics. With an average of more than 200 on-going projects, research activities at the Faculty of Sciences are carried out in 26 Laboratories and Research Centres or Institutes. Many of these R&D activities are developed together with international teams and are funded both at national and European levels.
The Large-Scale Informatic Systems Laboratory (LaSIGE) is a laboratory of the Department of Informatics (DI). Its core personnel are formed by professors and researchers belonging to two areas of the DI: Computing Systems Organization and Information Systems. Its mission is to organise the intervention of the department in research, teaching and training, and technology transfer, with regard to the domains pertaining to the core activity of the laboratory. The activity of the LaSIGE is organised around the cross-fertilisation of the domains of distributed systems and information systems. The Navigators group is one of the groups of LaSIGE, the Large-Scale Informatics  Systems Laboratory.