Professor Brian Fitzgerald, director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, has been elected president of the international Association for Information Systems (AIS). 

He is the first Irish person to be elected to the role and will serve a three-year term.

Headquartered in Atlanta, the AIS is a global association for individuals and organisations who lead the research, teaching, practice and study of information systems worldwide. 

It is made up of almost 5,000 members globally and runs four international conferences annually.

Professor Fitzgerald will keep his role as head of the University of Limerick headquartered- Lero.

Lero is the SFI research centre which harnesses software researchers from nine third level institutions including all of the Republic of Ireland's universities. 

Its work incorporates a wide range of software development from driverless cars and automation to artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

Current AIS president Professor Ting-Peng Liang said that Lero has a well-earned reputation as one of the primary software research centres in the world.

"Brian's record and experience in the sector will be an invaluable asset to the association," the Professor added.