University of Lisbon

The Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FFCUL) is a private non-profit organization, created in 1993, as an initiative of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), in order to manage its R&D projects, with FCUL acting as a third party, based on a scientific agreement in force. FCUL is one of the 11 faculties and institutes of the University of Lisboa. Currently it has 5000 students (including all degrees), near 400 professors and about 200 non-academic staff. FFCUL has a large experience in national and international projects’ management, with more than 300 ongoing national projects and 60 international projects. The project team will be composed of researchers from the Large-Scale Informatics Systems Laboratory (LaSIGE), a research unit under the umbrella of FFCUL, and researchers from the Department of Informatics (DI) of FCUL.

The proposing team from LaSIGE is the Navigators group, which addresses architecture and infrastructure issues (e.g., communication, storage) of distributed systems, namely the aspects of large-scale, performance, dependability, security and real-time, both of system support and applications. The group has developed several proof-of-concept prototypes, has an excellent track record on high-impact publications (approaching the 250), and has had works awarded with prizes. Over the past 22 years, it took or is taking part in several international research projects, e.g.: DELTA-4, BROADCAST, CORTEX, MAFTIA, CRUTIAL, HIDENETS, TCLOUDS, MASSIF, KARYON, some of which as the coordinating partner (http://www.navigators.di.fc.ul.pt). In the BiobankCloud project the group will use its expertize in the design of high-performance dependable distributed systems in environments of uncertain synchrony, reliability and security. More specifically, FFCUL will be leading WP4, with a strong involvement in all tasks of this WP, contributing to the definition of an architecture and protocols for the Overbank cloud, a resilient and secure platform for integrating a federation of BiobankCloud instances able to cope with the uncertainty of the Internet. Moreover, the group will use its experience in building secure services in untrusted clouds to make use of the large amount of resources available on public clouds in the benefit of the BiobankCloud. Finally, the group will also be involved in several other WPs contributing with its expertise in high-performance dependable storage systems and security, as well as in the dissemination and evaluation of the proposed platform.