Heidi Howard is a PhD student in the System Research Group at Cambridge University, Computer Lab, under the supervision of Prof. Jon Crowcroft. Her research interests are consistency, fault-tolerence and performance in distributed systems, specializing in distributed consensus algorithms. In 2014, she received her BA in Computer Science from Cambridge University and she has previously worked as a undergraduate researcher at the Cambridge University and at VMware Research. Heidi is most widely known for her generalization of Leslie Lamport’s Paxos algorithm for solving consensus, known as Flexible Paxos.

Heidi can often be found on her blog: read, write & execute or as @heidiann360 on twitter.