Professor O’Reilly has been Chief Executive of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council since October 2001, on leave of absence from the Chair of Telecommunications at University College London.
His technical interests focus on Information and Communication Technologies with an emphasis on communication networks and applications. He has published widely in his specialist area and chairs the UK‘s Network Interoperability Consultative Committee (NICC) for Ofcom and the industry. He has served as a specialist advisor to UK Government, and to the European Commission. He holds the JJ Thompson Medal of the IET ‘for distinguished contributions to electronic engineering’.
A Chartered Engineer, he is a Fellow and former member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, A Fellow of the British Computer Society and former President of EUREL, the Confederation of European Electrical Professional Societies. In the IET (formerly known as the IEE) he is a Fellow, Member of Council, former member of the Board of Trustees and served as the 2004-05 President.