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Director – Professor Mike Hinchey

Professor Mike Hinchey is 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.  Professor Hinchey, a native of Limerick city, is a graduate of UL where he was awarded the President’s Gold Medal as leading student in his graduating year. He was awarded an M.Sc in Computation at the University of Oxford and a Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Cambridge.  Professor Hinchey has held a number of professorships, both visiting and permanent, in a number of Universities including the University of Nebraska, The Queen’s University of Belfast, New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Skovde in Sweden and University of Queensland in Australia.

Particular areas of software research for Professor Hinchey include Formal Methods, Autonomous Systems and Software Reliability.  His work with NASA was implemented in various space projects and will be incorporated in future missions. He helped make NASA missions self-managing and able to proceed to terrains that were previously inaccessible. He also helped develop significant advances in survivability, with consequent less likelihood of mission failure. Professor Hinchey has published widely and is very well known in the international computing community.

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