Changes in teaching to address gender gap in computing

Early teaching of mathematics and technology subjects needs to be reviewed if the gender gap in technology is to be addressed. This was stated by Professor Mike Hinchey, director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre at the publication of the organisation’s annual report.

“There is no reason why women cannot be as successful as men in computing but evidence suggests that many girls are turned off at an early age by its geeky, anti-social, overly masculine, nerdy image.”

Lero chief is first Irish president of Association for Information Systems

Professor Brian Fitzgerald, director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, has been elected president of the international Association for Information Systems (AIS). He is the first Irish person to be elected to the role and will serve a three-year term.

Headquartered in Atlanta, USA, the AIS is a global professional association for individuals and organisations who lead the research, teaching, practice and study of information systems worldwide. It comprises almost 5,000 members globally and runs four international conferences annually.

Lero announces €800,000 R&D programme to develop autonomous robots for assembly line of the future

Kieran O’Donoghue, Assembly and Test Manager, Kostal Ireland and Dr Joseph Walsh, Head of the School of STEM and Lero researcher at IT Tralee

Kostal and Lero researchers at IT Tralee and UL announce €800,000 R&D programme to develop autonomous robots for assembly line of the future. Third major announcement by Lero on autonomous systems this year

Lero, IT Tralee and Bon Secours announce research programme to enhance hip replacement surgery

Dr. Daniel Riordan, Lero researcher IT Tralee and Mr John Rice, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Bon Secours Hospital

Lero, the SFI Irish Software Research Centre and IT Tralee have announced a €223,500 programme with Bon Secours Hospital Tralee (BSHT) which could advance the future use of robotics to perform hip replacement operations.

The initial goal of the initiative, which is backed by Science Foundation Ireland, will be to develop a more accurate way for surgeons to place a hip joint so as to minimise a patient’s hospital stay and avoid re-admittance due to issues arising from the operation. IT Tralee is looking to hire a PhD student to join the five-person research team.

Minister Breen visits UL and welcomes the upcoming masters course in Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Martin Hayes, Prof. Conor Hayes, Dr. John Nelson, Course Director Masters Artificial Intelligence, Dr Ann Ledwith, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, The Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen (TD) Dr Mary Shire, Vice President of Research & Enterprise and Prof Edmund Magner, Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering.

LERO involved in major research programme to develop autonomous farm systems

Prof Brian Fitzgerald, Director LERO, Prof Edmond Harty, CEO, Dairymaster. Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of SFI

Farmers could soon be able to avail of Artificial Intelligence to assist in managing their farm as a result of a new €2m Research & Development partnership announced today by Irish dairy equipment manufacturer Dairymaster, IT Tralee and Lero, the Irish Software SFI Research Centre. The programme is backed by Science Foundation Ireland.

Ireland’s First Industry-Driven Masters in Artificial Intelligence is Launched

Ireland’s first Masters in Artificial Intelligence (AI) was recently launched in Dublin in response to a growing demand by industry for AI skills in Ireland. The programme, which will run in the University of Limerick from September 2018, was launched by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys (TD) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

LERO selected to manage new €3.6 million EU software research programme

Prof Brian Fitzgerald, Dr. Markus Helfert, Dr Mary Shire, and Senator Kieran O'Donnell

Ireland has been selected to manage a new €3.6 million EU fellowship programme for international software researchers. ALECS (Advanced Learning in Evolving Critical Systems) will be co-ordinated by UL and Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. The initiative is being funded by the EC under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and by Science Foundation Ireland through Lero.

New MOU signals formal strategic partnership with Intel

UL and Intel Ireland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a strategic partnership that will formalise the long-standing relationship between the two organisations and create a defined programme of activity for working together into the future.

The new partnership agreement builds on existing connections between Intel and UL and will specifically explore opportunities aimed at developing and encouraging future talent, building creative collaborations in the area of Research, Development and Innovation and working together on shaping relevant policy frameworks.

Lero expansion announced as new member signs €400,000 research deal to boost patient care

Dr. Joseph Walsh, Lero principal investigator at IT Tralee and TJ O’Connor, Hospital Manager, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee

The Institute of Tralee (IT Tralee), which has been named as the latest member of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, has announced a new €400,000 research programme.

The programme is one of a number of initiatives marking a collaboration between IT Tralee and Bon Secours Hospital Tralee (BSHT) to develop new activities in teaching, research and education. Today also saw the signing of a formal agreement between IT Tralee and Bon Secours Hospital Tralee to mark this enhanced partnership arrangement.

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