Lero’s vision is to establish Ireland as a location synonymous with high quality software research and development, to the extent that ‘Irish software’ can enter the lexicon in the same way as ‘German automotive’ or ‘Scandinavian design’.

Through advanced research and smart collaboration with industry partners, national agencies, other Research Centres, and its broad outreach programme, Lero seeks to establish a software ecosystem in Ireland that can create wealth and jobs.

Our strategy for achieving this comprises three main pillars:

  • Thought leadership and excellence in software research;   
  • Synergistic and innovative collaboration with industry and academic partners;
  • Fostering critical skills and talent for the Irish software industry ecosystem.

Since its foundation, Lero has extended its focus beyond purely software engineering to embrace a more holistic software research agenda reflecting the needs of our industry partners.


Lero has expertise across multiple disciplines from deep theoretical computer science and formal methods through to participatory design, human-computer interaction, ethics and values. Lero works collaboratively with industry partners to identify and solve specific problems.

Lero’s research programme comprises systems (what we build), methods (how we build) and context (for the world we want) in six key application domains:

  • Connected autonomous vehicles
  • Health, wellbeing & human performance
  • Smart communities/cities
  • GovTech
  • FinTech
  • AgriTech & food