The Laboratory for Advanced Collaboration (LAC) was founded in October 2003, as a joint venture between LES (Laboratório de Engenharia de Software, or Software Engineering Laboratory) and TecGraf — both from PUC-Rio — and, since then, LAC has had Prof. Markus Endler as its Head and Principal Investigator. Originally, it was conceived to conduct applied research and software development in distance learning and collaboration, virtual and augmented reality, as well as knowledge management and mobile and pervasive computing. Since 2005, LAC has turned its R&D focus on distributed, collaborative, context-aware and pervasive systems, with a strong emphasis on handling/supporting all sorts of mobility and wireless intermittent connectivity.

LAC’s main mission is to grow to become a center of excellence in scientific research, development, and innovation of practical distributed and mobile systems. We aim to enable and enhance the development of scalable applications that are socio-economic relevant and sustainable.