Four Dublin researchers presented with inaugural Lero Research Awards

by Rachel Cunningham
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Four Dublin researchers have been presented with the inaugural Lero Research Awards.

Ten research projects will benefit from a €1.3m investment by Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, based at University of Limerick.

“We are presenting 10 exceptional Lero researchers across Ireland with awards which will allow them to hire postdoctoral researchers for two years to take on some really important work,” said Lero director Professor Lionel Briand.

“These excellent postdoctoral researchers will join the Lero family to develop better and smarter ways of overcoming many of the obstacles we face today to foster job creation, innovation and competitiveness in software engineering and ICT.”

Three researchers at Dublin universities and a University of Limerick researcher originally from Dublin were among the recipients of the Lero Research Awards. 

Rathfarnham’s Professor Mark Campbell, Director of the Lero Esports Science Research Lab at University of Limerick, will use the award for to continue his research into neurostimulation to improve surgical skills.

“Enhancing surgical skills is crucial for improving clinical outcomes and reducing surgery times,” said Professor Campbell.

“Recent research has focused on identifying key performance metrics that define surgical expertise.

“Despite progress, trainees still lack sufficient simulated practice.

“To address this, the Surgical Training Enhancement Project programme explores transcranial electric stimulation (tES), which enhances skill acquisition by modulating brain activity.”

Lero’s Professor Anthony Ventresque alongside his team, the Trinity College Dublin Complex Software Lab, are working on innovative ways to ensure the quality of software applications. 

“This award will support some of our recent investigations in the domain of testing Artificial Intelligence systems, in other words, making sure that AI models and software systems that use AI components behave as expected,” he said.

“This is a challenging problem as the complexity of modern software systems is amplified by the complexity of AI models.”

Dr Liliana Pasquale, University College Dublin, will use her award to further her research in cyber security.

“This award will support the engineering of sustainable adaptive security systems,” she said.

“Systems like these should preserve security throughout their use and subsequent evolution.

“They should be capable of discovering changes that may bring unanticipated security threats e.g., anomalies, component changes, and managing the evolution of security requirements and controls to mitigate such threats.” 

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