IRUS, the Irvine Research Unit in Software, is an alliance of applied research and technology partnerships between academia and industry. Its focus is on advancing the state-of-the-art and state-of-the practice in software production. IRUS was established in recognition of the software industry's critical importance to California and the nation. IRUS strives to enhance abilities to design, produce, assess, and maintain diverse types of software through cooperative problem-solving and sharing of information and experience.

Research and technical emphases of IRUS include:

IRUS was chartered by the Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine in 1990 to help the software industry meet its never-ending technical challenges. IRUS serves as a focal point for interactions within the Southern California software industry. It fosters a sense of community and promotes synergy between university faculty and software industry nationwide. IRUS activities provide a natural vehicle for communication and experience sharing, leading to joint community initiatives as well as focused research and development partnerships. IRUS provides organizational infrastructure for the software community to:

The foundation of IRUS is the software faculty from the Information and Computer Science department at the University of California, Irvine. The software faculty and research program are ranked as one of the best in the world. The software faculty is complemented by several faculty members from the computing, organizations, policy, and society (CORPS) group. This core faculty has an established track record for working together and for obtaining and administering large-scale joint funding. The faculty has also established software-related research projects in cooperation with local industry. It maintains connections to software research groups else where in the University of California system, across the country, and around the world.

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Irvine Research Unit in Software
Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3425