Lero says additional funding of €3m secured in 2012

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24 July 2013 | 0

Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, raised an additional €3 million in research funding in 2012 according to its annual report issued today. New projects included research contracts with the European Space Agency, United Technologies Research Centre and several EU-funded research consortia. During 2012 Lero announced funding of €22.4 million over five years through Science Foundation Ireland and technology firms such as IBM and Intel.

Lero also reported that it was awarded five new patents in 2012 covering areas such as self-sacrificing spacecraft swarms and methods of protecting autonomous systems. Forkstream, a spinout company, was established and it has recently been acquired by Openet, a leading Irish transaction management software and services provider. Some 170 Lero researchers recorded a 47% increase in journal papers and a 41% increase in conference papers during the year.

"Our researchers are in demand globally," said Prof Mike Hinchey, director, Lero. "The work which is being done in Ireland is world-leading across a number of areas including medical devices, agile, cloud and space flight software."

Prof Hinchey (pictured) said the prolonged Ulster Bank and RBS outage in 2012 was a reminder of what can happen when critical software systems crash due to badly managed changes. In the United States a recent report by the US Food & Drug Administration showed that 20% of the medical device recalls in the US in 2012 were due to software faults. "Today it is almost impossible to lead a software-free life. Software is the enabling factor in smartphones, smart cities, smart homes, smart health and just about smart anything.

 

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"Lero specialises in Evolving Critical Systems research which aims to develop methods, techniques, tools, and processes for the development and evolution of highly reliable software systems that maintain, or improve, their reliability as they evolve."

Lero brings together researchers at the University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, and Dundalk Institute of Technology and is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and other Irish and international funding agencies.

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