As part of a project with the European Space Agency (ESA) Dr Emil Vassev and Prof Mike Hinchey are currently working on the development of autonomous systems in space exploration missions. These autonomous systems will enable spacecraft to adapt to unforeseen situations making them more resilient and able to self-adapt, self-repair and become more fit-for-purpose. BepiColombo is an ESA mission to Mercury.
Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland Professor Mike Hinchey, Director, Lero at UL
Ms Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills, formally launched an expanded Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Irish Software Research Centre, at the University of Limerick in a €46.4 million investment over six years. The development means that 90 PhD and 46 postdoctoral research positions will be created over the next six years, with recruitment commencing immediately.
€32.6m of the investment is being funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) with support from the EU Structural Funds. Industry is backing the initiative with total contributions worth €13.8m.
Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick, has been named by Google as one of the global winners of the 2015 RISE Awards. Google’s RISE programme, which began in 2010, is designed to support organisations that encourage girls and underrepresented students in extracurricular computer science programmes. This year Google will contribute $1.5m to 37 organisations in 17 countries.
Lero will utilise its $17,000 award to promote and organise computing summer camps at the University of Limerick aimed specifically at female secondary students from the age of 14 plus.
Professor Tiziana Margaria has been appointed Professor of Software Systems at the University of Limerick and a Principal Investigator of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. She was previously Professor of Service and Software Engineering at the University of Potsdam in Germany and is a former head of the Institute of Informatics.