Lero (software engineering)

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Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre,[1] Ireland, is a world-leading Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre.[2] It was established in 2005 as an SFI Centre for Science Engineering and Technology (CSET), being one of nine (originally ten) such centres established by the Irish Government in various areas of science and engineering.[3]


Hosted at University of Limerick, Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, is home to around 250 active researchers across all seven Irish universities and two Institutes of Technology. Its research covers a wide range of software topics, from driverless cars and automation to artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

Lero brings together researchers from University of Limerick, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Maynooth University, National University of Ireland Galway, University College Cork, Institute of Technology Tralee, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Lero is actively engaged with industry and currently has in the region of 50 industry partners.[4]


Lero's first Centre Director was Professor Kevin T Ryan and its Scientific Director was Professor Klaus Pohl. Professor Mike Hinchey was appointed Director of Lero in mid-2010. Professor Bashar Nuseibeh served as Chief Scientist from 2010 to 2014 and was succeeded by Professor Brian Fitzgerald.

In 2016, Professor Fitzgerald was appointed Director of Lero and continues to lead the centre today.[5] Professor Nuseibeh is the centre's Chief Scientist.[6]

Joe Gibbs was appointed General Manager[7] in 2018 replacing Brendan O’Malley. Mr Gibbs previously held the role of Business Development Manager at the centre.


  1. ^ "Lero - The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre".
  2. ^ "Science Foundation Ireland".
  3. ^ "SFI Annual Report 2005" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Lero Industry Partners".
  5. ^ "Professor Brian Fitzgerald".
  6. ^ "Prof. Bashar Nuseibeh".
  7. ^ "Joe Gibbs - General Manager".