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. Many companies not classified as software companies utilise software as a key component of the products and services they offer. Competitive advantage accrues to companies who get their products to market sooner and whose products have superior quality in the eyes of their customers. Adopting the best software engineering processes and methodologies relevant to their field of activity can help Irish companies to boost productivity, while process certification can open access to new markets and increase sales. Higher reliability and higher integrity software can reduce the risk of software driven disasters. Since it was founded in 2005, Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and most highly regarded software research centres in the world.
Lero’s broad research focus is on evolving critical systems (ECS). These systems change over time (“evolving”), are strategically important to their users or owners (“critical”), and are often significantly – although not necessarily exclusively – software intensive (“systems”). ECS increasingly characterises a large proportion of software systems in development and use today, from business-critical systems (such as airline websites), to safety-critical systems (such as an automotive braking control system), to product critical systems (such as the core modules of a large software product).
- Methods and standards for high integrity softare
- Autonomous and adaptive systems
- Software performance
- Adaptive security and privacy
Research performed by:
- University of Limerick
- Dublin City University
- Dundalk Institute of Technology
- NUI Galway
- Maynooth University
- Trinity College Dublin
- University College Cork
- University College Dublin
- Institute of Technology Tralee