Peter O'Reilly

Teaching Professor,  Multidisciplinary Graduate Engineering Programs
Director of Cyber Physical Systems & Telecommunication Networks,  Multidisciplinary Graduate Engineering Programs



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Peter O’Reilly was born in Dublin, Ireland. He received the BE in Electrical Engineering (First Hons) from University College Dublin, the MS in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University and the MS in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was awarded the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1983.

Dr O’Reilly has been Director of the Telecommunication Networks program at Northeastern University since the program was initiated in 2002.

From 1983 through 2001, Dr. O’Reilly was at GTE Laboratories and Verizon Communications in Waltham, Mass. During that period he held a number of technical and management positions including Member of Technical Staff, Department Manager and Director. While at GTE and at Verizon, he initiated, directed and carried out research in many different areas of telecommunications technology, networks, architecture and services. He also program managed a number of large software development projects that spanned multiple locations and organizational entities. Two of his projects won Warner Awards, GTE’s highest technical award.

Dr O’Reilly had prior teaching experience in networks, communications and electronics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Higher Institute of Electronics (Malta), Letterkenny Regional Technical College (Ireland) and Colorado State University.

Dr O’Reilly is a Senior Technical Editor of IEEE Network, having previously been a member of the editorial board (since 1992) and Editor-in-Chief (2000 to 2003). Previously, he served as a Technical Editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 1992–98, and was a Guest Editor for an issue of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications on “Circuit Switching for Broadband ISDN and Beyond,” February 1996.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of the ACM and Sigma Xi.

Selected Publications

  • Performance Analysis of Local Computer Networks (with J.L. Hammond), Addison-Wesley, 1986
  • “An Architectural Approach to Minimizing Feature Interactions in Telecommunications” (with I. Zibman et al), IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking, Aug. 1996.
  • “Routing of Voice and Data in Burst-Switched Networks” (with B. Maglaris et al), IEEE Trans. on Communications, June 1990.
  • “Conceptual Issues for ATM” (with J. Gechter), IEEE Network, Jan. 1989.
  • “Implications of Very Wide Fiber Bandwidth for Network Architecture,” Fiber and Integrated Optics, 1988.
  • “Data Performance in Burst Switching when the Silence Periods have a Hyperexponential Distribution” (with S. Ghani), IEEE Transactions on Communications, Oct. 1987.
  • “Burst and Fast Packet Switching: Performance Comparisons,” Computer Networks & ISDN Systems, 1987.
  • “Data Performance in Burst Switching,” IEEE Trans. on Communications, Dec. 1986.
  • “An Efficient Simulation Technique for Performance Studies of CSMA/CD Local Networks” (with J.L. Hammond), IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Jan. 1984.

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