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Lero's Chief Scientist delivers Inaugural Lecture at UL

Professor Bashar Nuseibeh

Professor Bashar Nuseibeh, the Chief Scientist of Lero - the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, headquartered at UL, recently delivered his inaugural lecture, 'Requirements for Software Everywhere' at the University of Limerick. Speaking at the event, UL President, Professor Don Barry said; "Professor Nuseibeh has led a distinguished career and his contributions to the field of Software Engineering are world renowned."

A Palestinian from Jerusalem, Professor Nuseibeh obtained a first class honours degree in Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Sussex. From there he went on to complete a Masters and a PhD in Software Engineering from Imperial College London. 

Professor Nuseibeh said; "I am tremendously pleased and proud to be part of Lero and the University of Limerick. Lero's profile reflects the strength and ambition of the Irish software industry, and is an internationally leading research centre that is impacting the research and practice of software engineering worldwide. As software becomes more pervasive, we find ourselves depending on it increasingly in all aspects of our professional, social, and personal lives. We trust it with our finances, to communicate with our friends, and to keep us healthy, safe and secure. Lero's research agenda focuses on all critical aspects of software, and aims to provide assurances that it works as expected, and to manage its evolution as its environment and user requirements change."

Bashar started his 20 year career as an engineer with a company called Tektronix, followed by research and academic positions at Imperial College between 1990-2000, and as a Professor of Computing at the Open University in the UK between 2000-2010. He continues his association with both universities and is formally a Visiting Professor at both Imperial College London and the National Institute of Informatics, Japan.

With the aim of addressing real industrial problems, Bashar's research projects have involved industrial collaborations with organisations like Philips, Texas Instruments, the UK National Air Traffic Services (NATS), and NASA, where he also spent a sabbatical in 1998. His research lies at the interface between computer systems and their users and has also involved substantial interactions with users - who provide both research problems and evaluate solutions.

Lero brings together leading software engineering (SE) teams based in Irish third-level institutions to form a co-ordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software engineering research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and highly regarded SE research centres in the world. The centre has the proven capacity to attract and retain global research leaders and to make a substantial contribution both to software engineering research and to the Irish economy. Lero interfaces with a wide range of industries, state agencies, educational bodies and international collaborators to delivery on its twin goals of research excellence and social and economic relevance.

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