Charla: The experience of the Irish Software Sector – Successes, Failures and Lessons Learned

Kevin Ryan
29 Mayo, 2015 - 10:00
Auditorio DCC, tercer piso
Profesor Sergio Ochoa

Abstract. The success of Ireland as a location for software development is undisputed but the reasons for this success are still under discussion. A number of key policy decisions played a major role but so did some fortuitous circumstances and some once-off exceptional conditions. Not all the initiatives taken over the past 40 years have had equal success and the failures may be as instructive to others as the successes. The role of government agencies and national institutions may also be disputed but there is no doubt that without key early initiatives, for example in third-level education and communications infrastructure, Ireland could not have become the location of choice for world leading ICT companies. During the past 10 years Ireland has targeted research at key areas and this strategy is beginning to show results. To illustrate this aspect, this talk will also outline the objectives, establishment and progress to date of Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre.


Professor Kevin Ryan is Emeritus Professor of Information Technology at the University of Limerick and was the founding Director of Lero - the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre. ( Lero is a partnership of academic and industrial organisations whose aim is to advance the quality and quantity of software engineering research being conducted in Ireland. Since 2004 Lero has attracted funding of over €60m, mainly from Science Foundation Ireland, and involves researchers at all the Irish universities with its headquarters at UL.


From 1990 to 2004 Kevin Ryan was successively Head of Computer Science, Dean of Informatics and Vice President Academic and Registrar at the University of Limerick. During this period he brought together and led the team that established the Lero centre.


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.