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The [email protected] project serves as a catalyst for the development of a strong Low Code / No Code (LCNC) research and adoption capability for Ireland. Supported by eminent scholars, international domain experts and corporate and public sector partners, this multi-dimensional and visionary project will lead research and dissemination programmes in both core (Low Code / No Code development platforms) and applied Software Engineering (Digital Thread).

The project will be launched on April 4th in the University of Limerick. 

The associated [email protected] conference on April 3rd and 4th will showcase expert insights from the [email protected] team, research collaborators, and industry partners.

The [email protected] team

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Tiziana Margaria

Professor Tiziana Margaria has broad experience in the use of formal methods for high assurance systems is currently Vice President of the European Association of Software Science and Technology (EASST); President of FMICS (the ERCIM Working Group on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems); and co-founder of the TACAS and ISoLA series of conferences. Tiziana is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and of SDPS. Tiziana is a professor of Software Systems at UL and Lero, and Co-director of the ISE programme.

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Mike Hinchey

Professor Mike Hinchey is the former Director of Lero and Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Limerick. Prof Hinchey was previously Director of the Software Engineering Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland. He remains as a consultant to NASA. His work with NASA was implemented in various space projects and will be incorporated in future missions. Particular areas of software research for Professor Hinchey include Formal Methods, Autonomous Systems and Software Reliability.

Salim Saay

Dr. Salim Saay is a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Limerick and Lero-the SFI Research Centre for Software. Salim has worked as Associate Professor at Kabul University and as a Lecturer at the Athlone Institute of Technology. He has also worked in government and various industries, including as Director of IT and Manager of AfgREN-Afghanistan Research and Education Network at the Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan, NATO, and UNDP. Salim's research interests include architecture designing, low-code software development, and organisational collaboration. He has secured international funding for his studies and research and currently working on three research projects.

Katie Crowley

Dr Katie Crowley is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Limerick. Her research interests include Affective Computing; Human Computer Interaction; Psychophysiology and Wearables; Health Information Technology and IoMT. She is the Course Director for the MSc in Health Informatics in the University of Limerick. She has experience working with, and in industry, including securing national funding for industry partnerships (SFI). She has been a team member in multi-disciplinary international research projects co-funded by industry and national funding bodies and has led projects as Principal Investigator and Senior Researcher.

Roisin Lyons

Roisin Lyons is a Lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. Her research focuses on education (pedagogy), innovation and entrepreneurship, and family business. She is passionate about social and sustainable innovation, and developing novel educational experiences like hackathons and gamified interventions. A former science teacher, Roisin holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship Education and a M.Sc. in Business Management.

The [email protected] Collaborators


JJ Collins (UL)
Dr. Victor Cionca (MTU)
Prof. Bernhard Steffen (TU Dortmund, D)
Prof. Arend Rensink (TU Enschede, NL)
Prof. Axel Legay (UC Louvain, B)
Prof. Wang Yi (U. Uppsala, S)
Prof. Cristina Seceleanu (MTH, Västerås, S)
Prof. David Fisher (R-Hulman Inst. of Tech., Indiana, USA)
Prof. Gabriel Miro-Muntean (DCU)
Prof. Gerardo Schneider (Chalmers, S)
Prof. Graziano Pravadelli (Verona, I)

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Prof. Bernhard Steffen (TU Dortmund, D)

Bernhard Steffen is a German computer scientist and professor at the TU Dortmund University, Germany. His research focuses on various facets of formal methods ranging from program analysis and verification, over low code development environments, to test-based modeling, and machine learning.[1]1] Central developments concern the shift of active automata learning to towards a practical means for model-based testing that does not require any a priori models, and the concept of Language-Driven Engineering where combinations of domain-specific languages guarantee properties by design. Recently, he started to apply formal methods for explaining machine learning.

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J.J. Collins (UL)

ISE Course Director. J.J. lectures software architecture and machine learning in UL, and is deeply committed to the delivery of outstanding experiences for students and host companies in ISE. He is also Computer Science Course Director (www.csis.ul.ie). My research is on automated parallelisation of code using machine learning. Previous experience in computer vision, robotic map building, and workflow patterns. Committed to (1) better equality, diversity and education in computer science / software engineering student cohorts, and (2) excellence in computer science and software engineering education and research.

Prof. Cristina Seceleanu (MTH, Västerås, S)

Cristina Seceleanu is Associate Professor and Docent at Mälardalen University (MDU), Sweden, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Networked and Embedded Systems division. She is the research leader of the Computer and Data Science research direction, and co-leader of the Formal Modeling and Analysis of Embedded Systems research group at MDU. She holds a M.Sc. in Electronics (Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, 1993) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Åbo Akademi and Turku Centre for Computer Science, Finland, 2005). Her research interests and experience lie in formal modeling and verification of real-time, adaptive, and autonomous cyber-physical systems.

Prof. David Fisher (R-Hulman Inst. of Tech., Indiana, USA)

Dr. Fisher has been a professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for 18 years serving as a joint appointment between the Mechanical Engineering department and the Computer Science and Software Engineering department. He has worked for many interesting companies, including Google and Apple in the Bay Area, California. Additionally, Dr. Fisher worked in University of Limerick for a year as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Fisher specialises in robotics, mobile app development, and smart product design. His passions lie in teaching and leading coding outreach programs to primary schools.

Prof. Axel Legay (UC Louvain, B)

Axel Legay is Professor at UC Louvain. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Liège, Belgium. His main research interests are in formal verification, testing, and cyber security . He is a founder and major contributor of statistical model checking (a statistical variant of model checking effectively used in industry), proveline (product lines analysis) , and malware analysis. He wrote more than 300 publications and he is a referee for top journals and conferences in those areas; He wrote several open source tools, and he has been institution PI for more than 30 projects.

Barbara Steffen

Barbara Steffen is part of the Young Advisory Board of ISE and the CEO of METAFrame Technologies Software Design & Consulting GmbH. She works as scientific associate at the Chair of Industrial Information Management after having worked as Manager of Innovation and Transfer at the Center of Entrepreneurship and as scientific associate at the Chair of Software Engineering. Her background is “Management of Innovation” in which she gained a master’s degree at the Rotterdam School of management after already having studied in five countries. Her expertise lies in the design of holistic strategic management in times of accelerated change due to globalisation and digitalisation.

The [email protected] team will build a strong bridge between the collaborative research in the [email protected] projects and its partner companies on one side, and the challenges, projects and topics they and the other ISE Residency Partner companies offer to the ISE students.

ISE will enrol ca. 80 students per year, and have about 300 students each year over the four cohorts of its integrated BSc/MSc. The message amplification and the acceleration of uptake inherent in the embedding of core and applied research in the ISE educational blocks, both on campus and in the residencies, is unique in the educational landscape in Ireland and internationally.

The long-term transformational effect of 80 highly skilled MSc graduates in Software Engineering who are native in a research-driven environment, and join any of the Residency partner companies or other companies, or governmental organizations, or continue into research, in academia or any of the research centres, or follow the example of the founders they got to know through [email protected] and set up their own company. The effect of scale [email protected] can achieve through its research capacity at the PhD and Postdoc levels is essential to guarantee that no student and no residency partner company will be left behind on the research track. 

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