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Now accepting applications for fully funded PhDs in Computer Science!

The R@ISE 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 was launched on April 4th in the University of Limerick. 

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The R@ISE team

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Tiziana Margaria (Project Leader)

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.

Sean O Brien (Project Manager)

Sean O'Brien is the R@ISE Project Manager. A qualified science teacher, Sean has managed and led multiple projects and programs over the past 14 years, primarily focusing on engaging stakeholders with STEM education and research. He has extensive experience in managing research projects, particularly within the SFI ecosystem, having joined the University of Limerick in 2018 as the EPE Programme Manager for the CONFIRM Centre. Sean holds a B.Sc. in Science Education and a M.Sc. in Project and Programme Management, both from University of Limerick.

Our Partners

Analog Devices

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Martin Cotter, SVP Industrial and Multi-Markets, Analog Devices.

“Research, development, and innovation are at the heart of our core beliefs at Analog Devices. We are we are committed to advancing the impact software has on industry, I would like to congratulate the R@ISE team on this accomplishment as a testament to your dedication and hard work in the field of software research. We are looking forward to collaborating with the team and our partners on the known challenges we face today and the unknown challenges we will face tomorrow.”
Mike Morrissey

Mike Morrissey, ADI Catalyst Director, Analog Devices

“Mike Morrissey is a director of Analog Devices (ADI) , the world’s leading provider of precision semiconductor devices and sensors. Mike began his Analog Devices career as an equipment engineer and, for more than 25 years has helped define and implement ADI’s strategy and technologies. In his last role Mike has been working on the area of exploiting silicon technology for advanced sensor development and he is currently ADI’s  Catalyst Director. In his role, Mike is responsible for  accelerating ADI’s connection to their customers through ecosystem partners to collaborate and together co-create innovative solutions. ADI Catalyst Europe is a customer collaboration hub, with a growing global impact in areas of Industry 4.0, connectivity, automotive and innovative business models.”
Limerick and Clare County Council

Limerick City and County Council

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Alan Dooley, Head of Digital Strategy & EU Programmes, Limerick City & County Council

I am very excited to be partnering with the University of Limerick on the R@ISE project over the next 5 years.  As a veteran of enterprise scale software solutions, I have had a front row seat to the challenges of building software solutions.  With the advent of low code or no code platforms, the software engineering world has been opening its doors to the less technically minded.  However, we are still a long way off being able to put true no code software development in to the hands of the user.  In Limerick City & County Council, there are unique and complex challenges that I hope to bring to the table to help the significantly important research that R@ISE will conduct over the coming years.  This is the future, the tip of the spear.  I’m very happy to have my hand on it.
Alan is the Head of Digital Strategy for Limerick City & County Council, appointed in February 2021.  Alan is responsible for the planning, development, control and maintenance of digital infrastructure, digital innovation and services for the Council and also for the Limerick region.  In order for Limerick to gain a competitive advantage internationally and to enable reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Council aims to use innovation in digital services and citizen engagement for Limerick’s economic, social and physical development.  This will help transform Limerick into a smart sustainable region, being a driver for regional economic and spatial development.  Alan is also responsible for EU programmes within the Council and is working towards leveraging EU grants to further develop the region and address some of the difficult challenges it faces.
Prior to joining Limerick City & County Council, Alan worked for 25 years in software engineering, primarily in the U.S. financial and insurance industry, more recently leading global engineering teams across many technology disciplines, delivering digital transformation by enabling a change in engineering culture to actively embrace modern engineering practices.

“No-code software tools free up developers’ time and help make software development more broadly accessible. We’re excited to see how the University of Limerick’s research advances this kind of software development.”


R@ISE industry partner

“The new low-code/no-code (LC/NC) model-driven approach – as proposed by R@ISE – is an alternative to conventional software development where developers as well as non-developers are equipped with the tools to design, develop, verify and deploy applications quickly and with none to minimum coding requirements.”

Professor Tiziana Margaria

R@ISE project leader

The R@ISE Collaborators

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.

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Prof. Alex Norta

Alex Norta is currently a scientist entrepreneur focusing on his blockchain startup. Simultaneously, he lectures is currently affiliated to the Johannes Kepler University in Austria Linz for his habilitation seminar. He was an associate professor at the Department of Software Science of TalTech until March 1st, 2022 and earlier a researcher at the Oulu University Secure-Programming Group (OUSPG ) after having been a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He received his MSc degree (2001) from the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria and his PhD degree (2007) from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

Prof. Graziano Pravadelli

Prof. Graziano Pravadelli (Univ. Verona, I)

Graziano Pravadelli, PhD in computer science, IEEE senior member, IFIP WG 10.5 chair, is full professor of information processing systems at the Department of Engineering for Innovation Medicine of the University of Verona (Italy). His main interests focus on semi-formal verification of HW/SW embedded systems as well as design and validation of virtual coaching systems to promote well-being and health of people through IoT technologies. Since 2007 he is co-founder of EDALAB, an SME that develops embedded software and IoT-based monitoring solutions for smart building and assistive home automation.

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.

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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.

Dr. Victor Cionca (Munster Technical University, IE)

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J.J. Collins (UL)

Prof. Gabriel Miro-Muntean (Dublin City University, IE)

Prof. Arend Rensink

Prof. Arend Rensink (TU Enschede, NL)  

Prof. Gerardo Schneider (Chalmers, S)

Prof. Wang Yi (Univ. Uppsala, S)

The R@ISE Advisory Board

Prof Brian Fitzgerald

Prof Brian Fitzgerald (Director Lero, UL)

Brian Fitzgerald is Director of Lero - Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software where he previously held the role of Chief Scientist. He holds an endowed professorship, the Krehbiel Chair in Innovation in Business & Technology, at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he also served as Vice President Research. He was recently elected as President of the Association for Information Systems, the global body for information systems worldwide. He holds a PhD from the University of London and his research interests lie primarily in software development, encompassing open source and inner source, crowdsourcing software development, agile and lean software development, and global software development.

Prof. Franco Fummi (Full professor Computer Architectures, Director ICE Lab, Univ. Verona)

Franco Fummi received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 1990 and the Ph.D.in Electronic and Communication Engineering in 1994 at Politecnico di Milano. In 1993 he was Research Assistant at the department of Computer Science of the University of Victoria (B.C.). In 1996 he obtained the position of Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione of Politecnico di Milano where he remained until October 1998. In July 1998 he obtained the position of Associate Professor in Computer Architecture at the Computer Science Department of Università di Verona. Since March 2001 he is Full Professor in Computer Architecture at the Computer Science Department of Università di Verona.

Prof. Marina Marchisio

Prof. Marina Marchisio (Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, Univ.Torino, I)

Marina Marchisio is a full professor of Complementary Mathematics at the University of Turin and Delegate of the Rector for the development and promotion of the University's Digital Education strategies. Her research is focused on Digital Education, in particular learning and teaching Mathematics and scientific disciplines with digital methodologies and innovative technologies. She coordinates the DELTA - Digital Education for Learning and Teaching Advances - Research Group of the University of Turin. She is a member of the Problem Posing and Solving working group of the Italian Ministry of Education which involves more than 800 secondary schools, 2000 teachers and 30000 students all over Italy. She is the President of the University Interdipartimental School in Strategic Sciences of the University of Turin and is the coordinator of a PhD Program in Strategic Sciences. She coordinates several research and didactic projects, held and organized numerous conferences, and is the author of several publications on Digital Education.

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