Engaging with Lero
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One of Lero’s key strategic goals is to work collaboratively with industry partners to identify and solve specific industry problems thus ensuring that Lero’s research is firmly connected to the real world. Without the involvement of our industry partners, we would not 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 are delighted to be working with over 40 companies as part of the Lero SFI Research Centre. Our industry partners come from a range of sectors including telecommunications, financial services, medical devices, computer systems, aerospace, automotive and oil and gas. They range in size from large multinationals to small and medium enterprises and we work with their offices in many countries around the world.
Our research funding comes from a variety of sources including Irish funding agencies (SFI, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Research Council), European agencies (European Commission FP7, the European Space Agency) and directly by industry partners themselves.
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.
Our broad research focus is on evolving critical systems (ECS). These systems change over time (“evolving”), are strategically important to their users or owners (“critical”), and are often significantly – although not necessarily exclusively – software intensive (“systems”). ECS increasingly characterises a large 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 research is presented as 4 basic hub areas in which Lero researchers have a long track record with a strong international profile and reputation. These hub areas are:
- Hub A: Methods and Standards for High Integrity Systems
- Hub B: Autonomous and Adaptive Systems
- Hub C: Software Performance
- Hub D: Security and Privacy
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?
- The industry partner can fund the research and reclaim some of the costs through R&D credits.
- Funding can be sought from various funding agencies such as Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, Horizon 2020