Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, will launch a €4.2 million research programme led by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick, on October 2.

The Science Foundation Ireland supported collaboration on blended autonomous vehicles will see researchers from Irish academia, global automotive and Irish firms collaborate on key international challenges facing the development of autonomous vehicles. The project brings together 11 companies to work on a variety of autonomous systems projects across the automotive, industrial and agricultural sectors with researchers from SFI research centres Lero, CONNECT and Insight.

The launch will be followed by a series of panel discussions on autonomous vehicles, their application domains and the challenges associated with their development, integration and introduction.

To register to attend, visit Eventbrite and search Lero.


08:30 Event registration opens

09:05 Official launch by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, followed by introduction and overview of the research collaboration.

09:55 Tea & Coffee

10:15 Panel Discussion and Q&A

Building Trust in Autonomous Vehicles

  • Conor Faughnan, AA (Chair)
  • John Cormican, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Jonathan Horgan, Valeo
  • Aisling O'Driscoll, Connect, UCC
  • Edward Jones, Lero, NUI Galway

12:45 Networking lunch

11:05 Panel Discussion and Q&A

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Change the Workplace

  • Denise Manton, Lero (Chair)
  • Jonathan Collins, Liebherr
  • Edmond Harty, Dairymaster
  • Joe Coleman, Combilift
  • Joe Walsh, Lero, IT Tralee

11:55 Panel Discussion and Q&A

Autonomous Vehicles - Challenge and Opportunity

  • Siobhan Corrigan, Lero (Chair)
  • Kieran Feighan, Pavement Management Services Ltd.
  • Olivier Mantoulan, Greenval Insurances
  • Tomas Ward, Insight, DCU
  • Finbarr Murphy, Lero, UL

12:40 Closing remarks

12:45 Networking Lunch