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Lero - The Irish Software Research Centre

Lero brings together leading software teams from universities and institutes of technology in a co-ordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus.
Ireland has a vibrant and successful software sector, with nine of the world’s top 10 multinational technology companies having a significant presence in Ireland. Lero is a key pillar of that sector. Since it was founded in 2005, it has become one of the best known and most highly regarded software research centres in the world. It is home to 289 researchers and funded to the tune of €41m.

Research Areas

  • Methods and standards for high integrity software
  • Autonomous and adaptive systems
  • Software performance
  • Adaptive security and privacy

Research programmes

Our many research projects include:

  • ARC – Ensuring software code consistency with architecture
  • ASCENS – Autonomic service components ensembles
  • MANSEC – Managing the security of evolving and adaptive systems
  • MANYCORE – Understanding software performance on many-core hardware systems
  • Real-time log analytics in the cloud
  • FOSOMO – Feature-oriented modernisation of legacy software
  • Multi-level smart city sustainability ecosystems
  • Applying flow techniques to software engineering projects
  • Developing metrics for large-scale agile software engineering processes
  • Model-based diagnostics with provable properties
  • Software for analytics and security

Academic partners

  • University of Limerick
  • Dublin City University
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • NUI Galway
  • Maynooth University
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin

Industry and commercialisation

Lero works with a wide range of industry sectors, state agencies, educational bodies and international collaborators to deliver on its twin goals of research excellence and social and economic relevance.

Industry partners include:

ACI Worldwide
Ada Security Systems
Allstate Insurance (NI)
Almir Business Ltd
Bluebridge Technologies Ltd
Comfort Keepers
dabl Health
DMF Systems 

Drop Technology
European Space Agency
Hermitage Medical Clinic
Hewlett Packard Company
Information Mosaic
Kugler Maag

Ocuco Ltd
Portable Medical Technology
Rigney Dolphin Group
S2 Group
S3 Group
Software Quality Systems
Storm Technology
Two-Ten Health
TXT Group
United Technologies Research Centre

Education and Public Engagement

Lero, in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, is involved in many local and national events including Smart Futures, Thesis in 3, BT Young Scientist Exhibition, Coder Dojo, Hour of Code, Mallow Maths and Science Fair, Pint of Science, SciFest, and Techweek. Lero is also heavily involved in introducing computer programming into the primary school curriculum, acknowledging the importance of an educated workforce in industry collaborations. Lero promotes awareness in technology by introducing technology at a young age through programmes such as:

  • Scratch Programming and Numeracy in senior primary classes (NCTE/Lero) programme.
  • Internships/transition year work experience
  • Award winning computing camps

Key Contacts

Prof Mike Hinchey - Centre Director
Mike Hinchey is Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Limerick. He was previously director of the Software Engineering Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has held a number of professorships, both visiting and permanent, in the University of Nebraska, Queen’s University Belfast, New Jersey Institute of Technology, the University of Skovde in Sweden and the University of Queensland in Australia.

Prof Brian Fitzgerald - Chief Scientist

Brendan O’Malley - General Manager

Clare McInerney - Education and Outreach Manager

LERO The Irish Software Research Centre
Tierney Building
University of Limerick
+353 1 61 213 028

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