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The overall management of the Centre is the role of the Executive Committee. This team sets goals, monitors progress, identifies opportunities and deals with any issues that arise. Every partner institution is represented. Membership is as follows:
Prof. Brian Fitzgerald
Prof Brian Fitzgerald is the Director at Lero. He holds an endowed professorship, the Frederick A Krehbiel II Chair in Innovation in Global Business & Technology, at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he was also Vice President Research from 2008-2011. He is Principal Investigator in Lero and was Founding Director of the Lero Graduate School in Software Engineering. His research interests, i.e. primarily in software development, encompassing development methods, Global software development, agile methods and open source software.
Prof. Bashar Nuseibeh
Professor Bashar Nuseibeh is Professor of Software Engineering in the University of Limerick and was Chief Scientist at Lero until October 2012. He was also Director of Research in Computing at The Open University (OU), where he continues to supervise students and assist with research direction. His research interests are in software requirements and design, security and privacy, process modelling and technology, and technology transfer.
Prof. Tiziana Margaria
Prof Tiziana Margaria received a Laurea in Electrical Engineering and a PhD degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She has broad experience in the use of formal methods for high assurance systems. Her current research focuses on advanced service engineering techniques supporting reliability and compliance through a model-driven version of service-oriented development called xMDD (eXtreme Model Driven Design) and the embedding of selected formal methods in the development platform.
Prof. Mike Hinchey
Professor Mike Hinchey is the former Director of Lero and Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Limerick. Prof Hinchey was previously Director of the Software Engineering Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland. He remains as a consultant to NASA. His work with NASA was implemented in various space projects and will be incorporated in future missions. Particular areas of software research for Professor Hinchey include Formal Methods, Autonomous Systems and Software Reliability.
Prof. Matthew Hennessy
Professor Matthew Hennessy is a Research Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. His research interest lies in the application of logic to Computer Science; in particular the development of semantic theories of computation which provide the frameworks for verification technology. His research has been funded by SFI (Ireland), EPSRC (UK), Leverhulme Trust (UK) and numerous EU projects.
Prof. Greg Provan
Professor Gregory Provan is a Professor at the Computer Science Department at University College Cork. Before coming to UCC he worked for Rockwell Scientific, focusing on embedded systems for the Space Shuttle and commercial aircraft. His current research interests are in model-based diagnostics and control; large-scale systems modelling; model transformation; component-based model development; embedded systems and embedded code generation.
Dr Fergal Mc Caffery
Dr Fergal McCaffery is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Mathematics at Dundalk Institute of Technology and is a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Principal Investigator. His current research interests include the development of a software development framework for the medical device industry, software process improvement frameworks and assessments, and global software development. He is involved in several spin-out companies in this area. He has also been appointed to an advisory committee for medical devices by the Minister of Health.
Prof. Kieran Conboy
Kieran Conboy is a Professor in Business Information Systems in the School of Business & Economics in NUI Galway and is a co-Principal Investigator in the Lero Irish Software research centre. He previously worked for Accenture Consulting and the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is also on the board of the Irish Research Council. Kieran teaches information systems innovation, agile and lean project management, portfolio management, and contemporary models such as crowdsourcing and crowdfunding.
Prof. Brian Donnellan
Professor Brian Donnellan is Professor of Information Systems Innovation at Maynooth University and is Co-Director of the Innovation Value Institute. He researches and develops unifying frameworks and road-maps to deliver IT enabled innovation whilst validating that these frameworks/tools have a broad applicability across differing industries and contexts. Prior to becoming an academic he spent 20 years working in the ICT industry.
Prof. Mike O'Neill
Michael holds the ICON Chair of Business Analytics, is Vice-Principal for Research, Innovation & Impact in the UCD College of Business, and a founding Director of the UCD Natural Computing Research & Applications Group. He was Director of UCD's Institute for interdisciplinary research, the UCD Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL) from 2012 to 2015. One of the inventors of Grammatical Evolution, he is the lead author of the seminal book on this subject, and is independently ranked as one of the top 5 researchers in Genetic Programming.
Prof. Ita Richardson
Professor Ita Richardson is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick. She leads several Lero work programmes in Software Engineering for Healthcare. She is also an SFI Industry Fellow and a PI in the Applied Research in Connected Health Technology Centre funded by EI and IDA. She leads an IRC Employment-based project and is PI on EU project FESTA: Female Empowerment in Science and Technology Academia.
Prof. Siobhan Clarke
Siobhan is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. Her current research focus is on software engineering models for the provision of smart and dynamic software services to urban stakeholders, addressing research challenges in the engineering of dynamic software in large-scale, ad hoc, mobile environments.
Dr Markus Helfert
Dr Markus Helfert is Director of the Business Informatics Group at Dublin City University, and a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at the School of Computing, Dublin City University. He is Funded Investigator at Lero. His research interests include Information Management, Innovation, Cloud Computing, Service Science, Enterprise Architecture and Smart Cities and Smart Buildings. He advises several small and medium sized Enterprise in relation to Innovation and IT Management. Markus Helfert has authored more than 200+ academic articles, journal and book contributions and has presented his work at international conferences. He is member of international programme committees and reviewer and associate editor of IS journals. Dr. Helfert has received national and international grants from agencies such as European Union (FP7; H2020), Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. Prior to his appointment at Dublin City University, he held a research position at the Institute of Information Management at the University of St. Gallen. Dr. Helfert holds a PhD from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), an MSc from the University of Mannheim (Germany) and a BSc from Napier University in Scotland (UK).
Prof. Joseph Walsh
Professor Joseph Walsh is Head of the School of STEM and Head of Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID (IMaR) Research Centre at the Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT), Co Kerry, Ireland. He has a Ph.D in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick and an M.Sc (Eng) in Bio‐engineering jointly from Trinity Collage Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD) and the University of Limerick (UL). Professor Walsh’s research experience encompasses the field of intelligent mechatronics and sensors, dairy technology, robotics and automation, autonomous systems, bio‐instrumentation and STEM education and is well published in these areas. He has over 20 years research and development experience in both industry and academia and has (co-)authored over 100 scientific articles and has received circa. 10 million in research funding over the past 5 years. Professor Walsh was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FinstP) and is a corporate member of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (MIEI). He was been awarded the titles of Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist. He currently leads a number of Lero targeted projects with Dairymaster, Bons Secours Hospital Group, Liebherr and Kostal.
Joe Gibbs is General Manager of Lero, responsible for all the non-research aspects of the Centre’s work. He heads up a central team that manages finance, operations, facilities, outreach, contracts and reporting, as well as the process of bidding for research funding in conjunction with industry and academic partners.
Susan Mitchell is Operations Manager for Lero based in the Lero Centre Headquarters in UL. Susan heads up the Lero Administration Team and oversees all aspects of Lero operations including budgeting, financial reporting, funding body reporting and the day to day running of the Centre. She has over 15 years’ experience in project management. Prior to joining UL, Susan worked in various roles in project management, training and business analysis in the software industry.