Ireland can learn from other countries on introduction of computer science as Leaving Cert subject – NCCA report

Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education

- Report positive on girls’ performance in computer science but stresses need to increase participation

Ireland can learn from other developed countries in the development of a computer science course at Leaving Certificate level, according to a new report led by a team of researchers at the University of Limerick.  The report¹, commissioned by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) aims to advise on the best methods for implementing a course for upper second-level students.

Lero wins €280,000 R&D programme to transform Limerick SME Kelmac into global internet player

Gerard Kelly, CEO, Kelmac Group, Limerick with Dr. Noel Carroll, Research Fellow at Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre

Limerick SME Kelmac Group collaborates with Lero on a €280,000 R&D programme to transform it into global internet player. Kelmac Group® to double workforce and open international R&D technology centre at Plassey Technological Park, Limerick

New head of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre announced

Professor Brian Fitzgerald has been appointed director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre which is headquartered at the University of Limerick (UL). He replaces Professor Mike Hinchey following an eight year term of office.

Roscommon born Professor Fitzgerald was formerly chief scientist at Lero and has been involved with the Science Foundation Ireland supported national research centre since its inception in 2005, apart from a spell as vice-president research at UL from 2008-2011.

Bridging the Software Architectural Gap

Researchers

  • Dr. Jim Buckley (Lero)
  • Dr. Jacek Rosik (Lero)

Software applications are becoming increasingly large and complex. For example, some (dated) reports of Mac Office state that it contains 30,000,000 lines of code. Windows XP was reported as consisting  of 45,000,000! Considering that there are 40 lines of text on an average book-page, that means that Mac Office is a 750,000 page epic while XP comes in at a block-busting 1,125,000 pages.

Improving Communication though automated role-play

Researchers:

•         Dr Sarah Beecham (Principle Investigator, Marketing and Project manager)
•         Dr John Noll (Content/Technical Lead)
•         Dr Helen Kelly-Holmes (Content Advisor)

Autonomy Requirements Engineering

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.

Lero the National Software Research Centre at UL receives €46million for Expansion

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 wins Google global award to encourage girls to take up computing

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.

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