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Industry Partnership

One of Lero’s strategic goals is to work with industry partners to identify and solve industry problems, generating new SW-based products & services thus ensuring that Lero’s research is firmly connected to the real world. Without the involvement of our industry partners, we wouldn’t have the same insights into the evolving challenges of the software engineering community or the opportunity to test our ideas in live business and industry environments.

We were delighted to have the support of 29 companies for our new SFI Research Centre proposal and look forward to working with them and with others that join us in the coming years. Our industry partners are very diverse, coming from a range of sectors: telecommunications, financial services, medical devices, computer systems   and natural resources. Some are large multinationals and some are small SMEs and we work with their people in many countries around the world. The Research Centre budget (2015 – 2020) of € 41 Million includes contributions from our industry partners of €13.7 Million.

In 2014, we worked with approximately 40 companies in a wide range of projects funded by Irish funding agencies (SFI, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Research Council), by European agencies (European Commission FP7, the European Space Agency) and directly by industry partners themselves.

There are many ways in which companies work   with Lero, supported by a wide range of Irish and international funding programmes. Whether we are dealing with a major research challenge being addressed by an international team of collaborators or a smaller challenge being faced by a single company, Lero can bring the relevant expertise to bear.


Engaging with Lero

Engaging and working with industry is a priority for Lero. Our research strategy is informed by industry challenges and it is imperative that our research outputs have a direct impact on the wider economy.

Lero in collaboration with its industry partners has identified four key focus areas for its research. These areas are:

  • Methods and Standards for High Integrity Systems

  • Autonomous and Adaptive Systems

  • Adaptive Security and Privacy

  • Software Performance

More information on these areas can be found here.

Whether you are an SME or a large multinational, Lero is interested in discussing with you the possibility of collaboration in any of these research areas.

Please contact us in Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre.


How can my company benefit from collaboration with Lero?

  • Gain access to a world class pool of software engineering expertise. Lero bring together leading software research teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology across Ireland and to create one of the most highly regarded software engineering research centres in the world.

  • Work with world-class researchers across a variety of domains. Our researchers have expertise in software engineering across a wide variety of domain applications and services from heavily regulated environments such as medical, aerospace and automotive to Smart Cities, IoT and Financial Services

  • Attend industry workshops and talks: Lero regularly organises industry focussed workshops and talks from leading researchers on topics as diverse as agile techniques and developing software for regulated environments.  

  • Access the best post graduate software talent available. The Lero Graduate School in Software Engineering (LGSSE) provides a pipe-line of industry ready PhD graduates.

  • Increase your own staff skills with post graduate qualifications and training directly relevant to your business. Lero researchers teach on the Masters in Software Engineering programmes and these programmes are available on a part-time basis and are suited to people working in industry.


How is intellectual property managed?

Where there is potential for any intellectual property to be produced, an agreement will be reached between the academic institution and the industry partner before commencement of the project.


How are industry collaborations funded?