A pair of researchers at NUI Galway have been awarded the prestigious Lero Director's Prizes.
Dr Cornelia Connolly was awarded the Lero Director’s Prize for Diversity and Inclusion.
Professor Derek O’Keeffe received Lero Director’s Prize for Education and Public Engagement.
The awards were issued during an online ceremony on Thursday.
Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, issues its awards to honour those working with the industry-focused research centre. 12 academic partner universities and institutes across Ireland are involved with Lero.
Lero'd director, Professor Brian Fitzgerald, spoke of how its members research activities and software development had a fundamental impact on people's lives.
"Software impacts every aspect of our lives and can enable us to solve problems at a global and local level by harnessing the vast amounts of information that we as a society have accrued," he said. "These are ground-breaking tasks we set ourselves. However, we have a duty to lead the way and ensure that software is developed ethically and that we work hard to make sure there are no unintended consequences that could detrimentally affect individuals or society."
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