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Richard Reilly

Professor of Neural Engineering
This Professorship is a joint position between the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering.

Principal Investigator in the Trinity Centre for BioEngineering
Principal Investigator in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience
Principal Investigator in the Centre for Excellence in Ageing.

Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Fellow and Council Member of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering & Science (EAMBES)

Tel: +353 1 896 8471
Twitter: @ReillyRichardB


Professor of Neural Engineering at Trinity College, a joint position between the School of Medicine and School of Engineering. A Principal Investigator at the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering and at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He was Program Director of Education in Bioengineering at Trinity College (2012-16. His research focuses on the processing of signals that diagnose the human physiological and cognitive state: non-invasive electrophysical biomarkers for cognitive function, patient-oriented neurodiagnostics methods, neural prosthetics and therapeutic neuromodulation devices. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is past President of the European Society of Engineering and Medicine, a member of the Board of Tallaght Hospital in Dublin and a member of the Health Products Regulatory Authority of Ireland's Advisory Committee on Medical Device. In 2004, he was awarded a US Fulbright Award for research collaboration into multisensory integration with the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, New York. He is a former Silvanus P. Thompson International Lecturer for the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has established two companies based on his research activities. Professor Reilly received his BE degree in Electronic Engineering, an MEngSc and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University College Dublin. He has authored and co-authored over 400 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals and conferences.

Research Interests

Neural Implantable Devices and Systems
  • Objective Measures of Speech Perception in Cochlear Implant Users.

Neural Processing of Signals Reflecting Activity of Human Sensory and Motor Systems

  • EEG and EMG based analysis of the human vestibular system.
  • Electrophysiological analysis of Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Interaction between Executive Function and Gait
  • Electrophysiological and neuroimaging of temporal information processing in Dystonia.

Biomedical Acoustics

  • Analysis of respiratory acoustics in Asthma and COPD.
  • Analysis of speech characteristics as a measure of cognitive function.


Awards and Honours

IBM Faculty award2016

Samuel Haughton Silver Medal, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland2013

Intel Award for Innovation2007

University College Dublin President's Research Fellowship2004

Excellence in Neural Engineering Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, US National Science Foundation and US Office of Naval Research2005

Fulbright Award2004

S.P. Thompson International Lecturer for the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE)1998-2000

Best Paper and Speaker Award, Bioengineering in Ireland Conference.1995

Hewlett Packard Award for Design, Dublin1987


Member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA)2012

American Academy of Neurology2015

European Academy of Neurology2016

President of the European Society of Engineering and Medicine2010 – 2014

Fellow of the European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering and Science2015

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI)2010

Senior Member: Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Member: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Member: Institution of Engineers of Ireland (EngineersIreland)

Board member of European Society for Engineering and Medicine (ESEM)

Member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

Member of International Neuromodulation Society and Neuromodulation Society of the United Kingdom and Ireland

Member of the Society of Neuroscience (SFN)

Member of the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience (IICN)


Associate Editor and Editorial board member of IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine (JTEHM)2014

Editorial Board member of the IET's Healthcare Technology Letters2013

Editorial Board of Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, a specialty of Frontiers in Neuroscience2013

Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering,since 1992

Associate Editor IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering1996 - 2002

Reviewer for Journal Signal Processing

Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia2005-2009