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.”

University of Limerick-hosted Lero appoints International Funding Manager

Lero has appointed Dr Martina Prendergast, formerly of UL's research office, as its new International Funding Manager

Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software hosted at University of Limerick, has appointed Dr Martina Prendergast, formerly of UL's research office, as its new International Funding Manager.

The strategic appointment is key to achieving the centre’s goals of securing international investment in its leading-edge research.

UL-based Lero marks 15 years of software research excellence

Professor Brian Fitzgerald, director of Lero

In 2020, Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software based at University of Limerick, celebrates 15 years of excellence in software research.

As one of the longest-established SFI research centres, Lero will mark the occasion over the course of the year by highlighting some of its alumni and people who have had associations with the centre over that time.

Lero research shows the sexes have equal spatial cognition

Pictured at the Lero Esports Science research lab at UL, from left, postgraduate researcher Jessica Mangione, research assistant Niall Ramsbottom, programme manager Dr Adam Toth, postgraduate researcher Yueying Gong and lab Director Dr Mark Campbell Picture: Diarmuid Greene

Men are not better than women at spatial cognition ­– such as map reading ­– is the principal finding from ground-breaking work by researchers at Lero, the University of Limerick-hosted Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software.

UL-based Lero secures €6 million in research funding from Huawei

Lero Director, Professor Brian Fitzgerald and Puneet Saidha, Acting Vice President Research, University of Limerick along with Frank Du, President of Huawei Sweden Research Centre, planting a Ginkgo tree outside the Lero offices in University of Limerick to mark the announcement of the research funding Picture: Alan Place

Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software based at University of Limerick, has secured a €6 million investment from Huawei to fund a research programme aimed at improving the reliability of software applications.

The investment funding is in joint cooperation with Huawei's Research Centre in Ireland and Sweden.

University of Limerick researchers putting mental practice to golfing performance test

Putting their research to the test on Ballyneety Golf Course, Co Limerick were researchers Eoghan McNeill, Dr Adam Toth, Niall Ramsbottom and Dr Mark Campbell Picture: Alan Place.

Research carried out at University of Limerick has lended support to Arnold Palmer’s famous assertion that golf is “predominantly played in the six inches between the ears”.

According to research by Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software hosted at UL and University researchers, kinaesthetic ability, which is an individual’s ability to feel an action without actually performing it, may improve their golf game.

Minister Humphreys visits UL to launch €4.2m national research collaboration on driverless vehicles

With Minister Heather Humphreys at the launch in University of Limerick were Declan Black, Enterprise Ireland, Dr Siobhan Roche, Science Foundation Ireland, Joe Gibbs, General Manager of Lero, Dr Puneet Saidha, Director Research Support Services, UL, Professor Gregory Provan, Lero, UCC and Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Director of Lero Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, has visited University of Limerick to launch a Science Foundation Ireland backed €4.2m research collaboration on driverless vehicles led by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre.

Three UL researchers among inaugural Lero Director’s Prize winners

Three researchers at UL were among nine winners of the inaugural Lero Director’s Prizes, recognising their achievements and contribution to the Science Foundation Ireland centre’s success.

Professor Brian Fitzgerald, director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre which is based at UL, made the presentations at the annual Lero Summit in Athlone.

A total of nine prizes were awarded across five categories including research excellence, entrepreneurship, education and public engagement, diversity and inclusion and outstanding service to Lero.

UL researcher joins European digital ethics expert group

Dr Martin Mullins, Head of Department of Accounting and Finance at UL’s Kemmy Business School

A University of Limerick academic has been appointed to a new European expert group tasked with developing a set of principles of digital responsibility in the insurance sector.

Dr Martin Mullins, Head of Department of Accounting and Finance at UL’s Kemmy Business School and a researcher in Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre based at UL, was selected by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) to join its Consultative Expert Group on Digital Ethics.

Lero opens Ireland’s first esports research lab at UL

Pictured at the Lero esports science research lab in University of Limerick are, from left, software lead Prof Conor Ryan, postgraduate researcher Yueying Gong, and lab director Dr Mark Campbell

Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre based at University of Limerick, has opened Ireland’s first esports research lab.

The new lab is located in UL at the headquarters of Lero, a world-leading SFI research centre. Lero researchers at UL will conduct studies designed to boost performance of international amateur and professional esports players.

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