Lero brings together leading software teams from universities and institutes of technology in a co-ordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus.

Ireland has a vibrant and successful software sector, with nine of the world’s top 10 multinational technology companies having a significant presence in Ireland. Lero is a key pillar of that sector. Since it was founded in 2005, it has become one of the best known and most highly regarded software research centres in the world. It is home to 289 researchers and funded to the tune of €41m.

Research Areas

Lero’s broad research focus is on evolving critical systems (ECS). These systems change over time (“evolving”), are strategically important to their users or owners (“critical”), and are often significantly – although not necessarily exclusively – software intensive (“systems”). ECS increasingly characterises a large proportion of software systems in development and use today, from business-critical systems (such as airline websites), to safety-critical systems (such as an automotive braking control system), to product critical systems (such as the core modules of a large software product).

Research Programmes

Academic Partners

Industry and Commercialisation

Lero works with a wide range of industry sectors, state agencies, educational bodies and international collaborators to deliver on its twin goals of research excellence and social and economic relevance.
  • ACI Worldwide
  • ADA Secuity Systems
  • Aerogen
  • Allstate Insurance 
  • Almir Business Ltd
  • Analog Devices 
  • Blu 5 Labs
  • Bluebridge Techologies Ltd
  • Comfort Keepers
  • dabl Health
  • Data Direct Networks
  • Dell
  • DMF Systems
  • Entellexi
  • Ericsson
  • European Space Agency 
  • Fidelty Investments 
  • Fijowave
  • Hermitage Medical Clinic 
  • Horizon Globex
  • IBM
  • Information Mosaic 
  • Intel
  • Logitech
  • METAFrame
  • Microsoft
  • Movidius
  • Ocuco Ltd 
  • Portable Medical Technology 
  • QAD
  • Rigney Dolphin Group
  • S3 Group 
  • Salaso Healthcare 
  • Software Quality Systems
  • STATSports
  • Storm Technology
  • sysTeam
  • Toyota
  • Tullow Oil 
  • Two-Ten Health
  • United Technologies Research Centre 
  • Vitalograph
  • Volkswagen
  • Vu2Vu

Education and Public Engagement

Lero, in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, is involved in many local and national events including Smart Futures, Thesis in 3, Coder Dojo, Hour of Code, Pint of Science, Scratch Competition, and Techweek. Lero has significant involvement in introducing computer programming into the primary school curriculum.

Lero promotes awareness in technology through initiatives such as:

  • Scratch Programming in primary schools
  • The Junior Cycle Short Course in Coding
  • Summer Computing Camps

Lero is also involved in computer science at Leaving Certificate and has conducted research for the NCCA around the provision of computer science in upper second level education internationally. Lero develops and delivers CPD for teachers in computer science, in collaboration with Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT).

Key Contact Details

Prof Brian Fitzgerald
Centre Director


Joe Gibbs
General Manager


Clare McInerney
Education and Outreach Manager


Nicola Corless
Marketing and Communications Manager


Denise Manton
Business Development and Commercialisation Manager