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Regulated Software Research Programme at DkIT

Collaborative Research between DkIT and Industry is a key part of DkIT’s strategic vision. It underpins our commitment to drive research excellence in a number of prioritised areas with the goal of (a) ensuring that learning and teaching remains research informed, while (b) delivering real societal and economic impacts at regionally, nationally and internationally. The Regulated Software Research Centre, led by Dr. F. McCaffery, is recognised as a centre for excellence and through this recognition is a partner institute to the Irish Software Research Centre [ LERO – an Sfi funded Research Centre ]. As part of a multi-year programme DkIT’s Regulated Software Research Centre will collaborate with several companies in targeted research areas. One such company is Almir Business Limited.

Almir Business is a multidisciplinary management consultancy company of qualified professionals with more than 20+ years experience. Almir Business is a single source for companies requiring support to implement, maintain or improve their management system and have expertise with many management system standards. Almir can provide a company with a resource to meet their management system needs. Key areas of expertise are; Quality ISO 9001 Medical Devices ISO 13485 Aerospace AS9100 Automotive TS 16949 Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001 Health & Safety OHSAS 18001 Information Security ISO 27001

As part of Almir’s dedication, to continuous improvement and development, to enhance the service they offer to clients they joined Lero [ the Irish Software Research Centre ] in 2012. Lero brings together leading software research teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. DkIT is a key member of Lero through the work of the Regulated Software Research Centre [RSRC] which focuses on Medical Device Software development systems. Through the Lero Programme, Andrzej Beniamin Bujok who is a PhD student at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) is conducting research, under the supervision of Dr Fergal McCaffery and Dr Silvana Togneri MacMahon of the RSRC, which is aligned with the interests of Almir.

Presently Almir is focussing on how quality management systems can be expanded to include the required practices in order to comply with the requirements for the development of software in safety critical domains with a particular emphasis in SMEs. The research subject is to investigate which standards and practices Organizations developing safety critical software and having QMS in place need to implement in order to satisfy regulatory requirements. To achieve compliance with regulations the manufacturers follow the requirements of different standard categories – QMS, Software development and Risk management. As implementation of these standards and requirements is seen as challenging, there is a need for unified framework that incorporates all necessary practices. Such a framework will be developed in cooperation between Almir and the RSRC. It is expected that such a framework would assist clients with regulated software applications and those that will develop products with software in other areas for example the Internet of Things.

Lero is the Irish software research centre.It brings together leading software research teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and highly regarded software-related research centres in the world. The centre has the proven capacity to attract and retain global research leaders and to make a substantial contribution both to software-related research and to the Irish economy. The Lero Centre is supported by a Research Centre grant from SFI, by other state grants, by industry contributions and by external funding (particularly the EU’s research programmes). Lero interfaces with a wide range of industry, state agencies, educational bodies and international collaborators to deliver on its twin goals of research excellence and social and economic relevance.

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