Basser Seminar Series

Global Software Engineering Research in a Small Country

Speaker: Professor Kevin Ryan
Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre

Time: Monday 22 November 2010, 4:00-5:00pm *Note, different day to usual
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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The Republic of Ireland has been a surprising success story in the global software market for reasons which are neither agreed nor obvious. However outsourcing towards lower cost countries is a threat to this success. One potential counter move is to invest heavily in software engineering research so as to stay ahead of the curve. To meet the national strategic need this research needs to be internationally credible but locally applicable. Experience to date has shown that this can be done, but only if the research resources are carefully organised and directed. The lessons learned could be applicable to other small and medium sized countries.

Speaker's biography

Professor Kevin Ryan is Professor of Information Technology at the University of Limerick and founding Director of Lero - the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre and currently a visiting professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. Lero is a partnership of academic and industrial organisations who aim to advance the quality and quantity of software engineering research being conducted in Ireland. Since 2004 Lero has attracted funding of over EURO25 million, mainly from Science Foundation Ireland, and involves researchers at DCU, TCD and UCD as well as at UL.

From 1999 to 2004 Kevin Ryan was Vice President Academic and Registrar at the University of Limerick. During this period he played a major role in expanding UL’s academic portfolio to include Architecture, Health Sciences and Medicine.

Kevin Ryan holds degrees of BA (Maths & Economics), BAI (Engineering) and PhD (Computer Science) from Trinity College Dublin and is a fellow of both the Irish Computer Society and the Institute of Engineers of Ireland. Over the past 35 years he has lectured and researched on software topics in universities and industry in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Africa and Sweden. He has been an adviser to the Irish government on the development of the Irish software industry and has acted as consultant to industry and to international funding bodies. He has published papers on software engineering methods and tools, software requirements engineering and on the role of technology in development. He served on the editorial board of 3 journals. He has been a director of a number of start-up software companies.