» Transport systems
» Space & satellite technologies
3. FORENSIC SCIENCES
» Digital forensics
6. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
» Electronic authentication
» Artificial intelligence/robotics
» Cyber security
» Software, Data Processing
Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, is a dispersed centre of excellence in software engineering and related topics. Founded in 2005, it brings together software research teams from 9 Irish academic institutions: Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Maynooth University, National University of Ireland, Galway, Tralee Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin and its headquarters at University of Limerick.
Lero’s research programme focuses on evolving critical systems (ECS). These systems change over time (“evolving”), are strategically important to their users or owners (“critical”), and are often software intensive (“systems”). ECS increasingly characterises a sizeable 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).
Lero utilises its expertise in both design-time and run-time software engineering research to advance ECS across many application areas. Lero applies its design-time expertise (in open source, agile, model-driven, software product lines, cyber-physical systems, systems-of-systems, and verification) to high-integrity runtime domains, with a renewed focus on autonomous, adaptive, and self- systems. Lero’s expertise in run-time behaviours is applied to performance research on parallel, distributed, and cloud-based software architectures, while safety and security research address key issues on adaptive security, privacy, and digital forensic analysis.