Professor Kevin Ryan – Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
A Case Study of Research and Technology Transfer
Many people talk of translational research and suggest that every piece of research should lead eventually and predictably to a commercially successful product. This may be the ideal but it rarely happens in practice. This talk reviews one instance where it did happen. An exceptionally capable and motivated PhD student identified a new area of research in the field of Requirements Engineering (RE) namely the problem of setting priorities between requirements when, as is often the case, resources are limited but demands are not. Prior work in other fields was transferred and improved, with the help of industrial collaborators. The work led to a number of influential publications, a successful spin-off company and contributed to a leading commercial toolset.
This talk reviews how this was achieved and reflects on the factors that made it possible.
Professor Kevin Ryan is Emeritus Professor of Information Technology at the University of Limerick and was founding Director (2005-2010) of Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (www.lero.ie) 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 €40m, 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.