The SFI Research Centre for Software
Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, brings together expert software teams from universities and institutes of technology across Ireland in a co-ordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero’s research spans a wide range of subjects including software engineering, information systems and human-computer interaction in areas such as driverless cars, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, fintech, govtech, smart communities, agtech and healthtech.
Lero’s overall vision is to establish Ireland as a location synonymous with high-quality software research and development, to the extent that ‘Irish software’ can enter the lexicon in the same way as ‘German automotive’ or ‘Scandinavian design’.
Sixteen out of the top 20 global technology firms have strategic operations in Ireland. Ireland is recognised internationally as a leading location for companies in the software sector and Lero is a key pillar of that. Since it was founded in 2005, Lero has become one of the best-known, and most highly regarded, software research centres in the world
Lero has expertise across multiple disciplines from deep theoretical computer science and formal methods through to participatory design, human-computer interaction, ethics and values. Lero works collaboratively with industry partners to identify and solve specific problems.
Lero’s research programme comprises systems (what we build), methods (how we build) and context (for the world we want) in six key application domains:
- Connected autonomous vehicles
- Health, wellbeing & human
- Smart communities/cities
- AgriTech & food
- University of Limerick
- Dublin City University
- University of Galway
- Maynooth University
- Trinity College Dublin
- University College Cork
- University College Dublin
- Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest
- Southeast Technological University
- Dundalk Institute of Technology
- Atlantic Technological University
- Munster Technological University
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.
Lero collaborates with industry partners that share the common goals of creating new knowledge and pushing the boundaries of scientific research, while aiming to solve real-world problems and create commercial value and sustainable competitive advantage. This ethos has resulted in successful collaborations across a wide range of industry sectors, supported through well-defined processes for licensing, invention disclosures, patenting and spin-outs.
Lero is also the leader of the Blended Autonomous Vehicles (BAV) industry collaboration, a multi-SFI centre initiative and partner in the Enable and FinTech Fusion initiatives.
- ACI Worldwide
- ADA Secuity Systems
- Allstate Insurance
- Almir Business Ltd
- Analog Devices
- Blu 5 Labs
- Bluebridge Techologies Ltd
- Bon Secours Health System
- Comfort Keepers
- dabl Health
- Data Direct Networks
- Dell EMC
- DMF Systems
- European Space Agency
- Fidelty Investments
- Hermitage Medical Clinic
- Horizon Globex
- Information Mosaic
- Jaguar Landrover
- Johnson and Johnson
- Ocuco Ltd
Education and Public Engagement
Lero’s Education and Public Engagement programme trains software practitioners at all levels of the education system and engages with the public through Lero research.
Lero, in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, is involved in many local and national events including Science Week, EU Code Week and Pint of Science.
Lero has significant involvement in introducing computer programming into the primary and post-primary school curriculum.
Lero promotes awareness in technology through initiatives such as:
- Scratch Programming in schools
- The Junior Cycle Short Course in Coding
Lero conducts research on computer science (CS) in schools, specifically around professional development for teachers and student experiences of CS.
Lero engages with the public focusing on “Responsible Software Engineering” as an underlying theme.