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Parnas Fellowship





The David Lorge Parnas Fellowship has been established to honour David Parnas who was Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Limerick until his retirement in 2008, and where he is now Emeritus Professor of Software Engineering.

The Fellowship is a senior position and is intended to allow talented software researchers and developers to visit Lero on a short-term basis. Fellows can be hosted at any of the Lero partner institutions but are expected to visit at least two Lero sites during their stay. Fellows are also expected to collaborate closely with relevant industry partners. Fellows will deliver a Distinguished Lecture while at Lero and will discuss research topics with Lero students and staff. This distinguished Fellowship will cover expenses plus a fellowship award of €7,000.

Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre is Ireland’s national software research centre. Lero was established in 2005 and is headquartered at the University of Limerick and involves all universities in Ireland, with member institutions in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Limerick, Galway and Maynooth. Further background details on Lero are available at

 (From left): Professor Brian Fitzgerald, chief scientist, Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, with David Parnas.


Current Parnas Fellows

Kurt Geihs

Kurt Geihs is a full professor in the EECS Department at the University of Kassel (Germany) and a co-director of the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG). His research and teaching interests include distributed systems, multi-robot systems, and software technology. Current research projects focus on self-adaptive context-aware systems, collaborative autonomous mobile robots, and socio-technical development methods. He has published more than 200 refereed articles and is author / co-author / editor of several books. Before joining the University of Kassel he was professor at TU Berlin and University of Frankfurt, and researcher at the IBM European Networking Center in Heidelberg. He was a visiting professor and guest scientist at FBK (Trento/Italy), Sintef and NTNU (Trondheim/Norway), University of Pretoria (Pretoria/South Africa), Microsoft Research (Cambridge/UK) and IBM Research (Hawthorne/USA). From 2007-2013 he was a member of the Computer Science panel of the European Research Council. He holds a PhD from RWTH Aachen, a M.Sc. from UC Los Angeles (USA), and a Diplom Degree from TU Darmstadt, all in Computer



Alan R. Hevner

Eminent Scholar and Professor

Citigroup/Hidden River Chair of Distributed Technology

Information Systems and Decision Sciences

College of Business

University of South Florida

4202 East Fowler Avenue, CIS1040

Tampa, FL  33620-7800


Alan R. Hevner is an Eminent Scholar and Professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department in the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida. He holds the Citigroup/Hidden River Chair of Distributed Technology. Dr. Hevner's areas of research interest include design science research, information systems development, software engineering, distributed database systems, healthcare systems, and Internet of Things computing.  He has published over 200 research papers on these topics and has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies.  Dr. Hevner received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. He has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hevner is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and INFORMS.  Additional honors include being named a Schoeller Senior Fellow at Friedrich Alexander University in Germany, receiving the Design Science Research Lifetime Achievement Award, and being inducted into the Purdue University ROTC Hall of Fame. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a program manager at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate.


Axel Legay


Dr. Axel Legay held positions at Univeristy of Liège and CMU (under the supervision of Ed Clarke). He is now fulltime researcher at INRIA where he leads the Tamis team (32 researchers), and a part-time Velus Industry Professor at University of Aalborg. His main research interests are in developing formal specification and verification techniques for SE. Axel is a founder and major contributor of statistical model checking (a statistical variant of model checking effectively used in industry). He also co-created the Feature-Transition Systems framework. Recently, he has been working on malware analysis and   learning-based algorithms. Legay supervised 5 PhD theses and authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications. He is a referee for top journals and conferences in formal verification and simulation, and program co-chair of INFINITY’09, FIT’10, RV'13,HVC'13,FORMATS'14,ATVA'16, and TACAS'17. He is also workshop chair at ETAPS’14. He is (was) principal investigator on more than 10 national projects,  and 9 EU projects.

Applying for the David L. Parnas Fellowship

Applications are invited in the Fall annually for the Fellowship. They are announced on major lists such as SEWorld and ISWorld.  Note: applications are closed at present.

Applications will be reviewed by the David Lorge Parnas Fellowship Advisory Board which comprises the following members:

• Brian Fitzgerald (Chair)
• Kieran Conboy
• Tiziana Margaria
• Bashar Nuseibeh
• David Lorge Parnas
• Ita Richardson