Prof Ronan Reilly

International, Computer Science

Associate Vice-President for International Affairs (Asia)

(+353) 1 708 3846

Biography


Research Interests

Since my PhD I have been interested in studying language understanding and reading.  My background in both psychology and computer science has allowed  me to exploit computational modelling as a tool for theory development.   I am convinced that this is the single most important tool for exploring theory in the behavioral and cognitive sciences.

In terms of specific activities, my research has ranged from work in computational linguistics, computational neuroscience, eye movement modelling, language processing, EEG and eye movement co-registration, and reading in a range of languages (Irish, English, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese) and writing systems (alphabetic, character, and braille).  I have carried out reading studies in Thailand (Chulalongkorn University), China (Tianjin Normal University), and the US (Florida State University, Tallahassee).   While the ultimate goal of an integrated computational model of reading and language understanding remains elusive, many of the necessary pieces are falling into place.  There is a growing body of behavioural, neuroscience and, most importantly,
developmental data available to support theory and model building.  Computational and statistical resources needed for modelling are increasingly up to the challenge.  Reading comprehension, perhaps the most intractable element of the puzzle, may yet yield to a corpus-based approach; a strategy that has proved so successful in the area of computational linguistics.

What is not in doubt, however, is that success will only come from a concerted interdisciplinary research effort; no one discipline has all the pieces of the puzzle and no one discipline can put them all together.   

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2014 'Measuring neuronal correlates of reading with novel spread-spectrum protocols'
Reilly R. (2014) 'Measuring neuronal correlates of reading with novel spread-spectrum protocols' In: Current Trends in Eye Tracking Research. [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Triangulating the reading brain: Eye movements, computational models, and EEG'
Reilly R. (2014) 'Triangulating the reading brain: Eye movements, computational models, and EEG' In: Current Trends in Eye Tracking Research. [DOI] [Details]
2007 'Models of oculomotor control in reading: Toward a theoretical foundation of current debates'
Radach R.;Reilly R.;Inhoff A. (2007) 'Models of oculomotor control in reading: Toward a theoretical foundation of current debates' In: Eye Movements. [DOI] [Details]
2006 'The Interaction of Navigation Instructions and Visual Attention in Dynamic Automotive Environments'
Koesling, H., Reilly, R.G. (2006) 'The Interaction of Navigation Instructions and Visual Attention in Dynamic Automotive Environments' In: Current Research in Information Sciences and Technologies: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Global Information Systems, vol 2. [Details]
2006 'Models of oculomotor control in reading: towards a theoretical foundation of current debates'
Radach, R., Reilly, R. & Inhoff, A.W. (2006) 'Models of oculomotor control in reading: towards a theoretical foundation of current debates' In: Eye movements: A window on mind and brain. Elsevier. [Details]
2002 'Foundations of an interactive activation model of eye movement control in reading'
Reilly, R.G., Radach, R. (2002) 'Foundations of an interactive activation model of eye movement control in reading' In: The mind's eye: Cognitive and applied aspects of eye movements. Oxford: Elsevier. [Details]
2000 'Evolution of symbolization: Signposts to a bridge between connectionist and symbolic systems'
Reilly, R.G. (2000) 'Evolution of symbolization: Signposts to a bridge between connectionist and symbolic systems' In: Hybrid neural systems. Berlin: Springer. [IR Link] [Details]
1997 'REACT: REal-time Adaptive Collision Testing: An interactive vision approach'
O'Sullivan, C., & Reilly, R.G (1997) 'REACT: REal-time Adaptive Collision Testing: An interactive vision approach' In: Computer Animation and Simulation. Vienna: Springer. [IR Link] [Details]
1993 'A connectionist framework for modeling eye-movement control in reading'
Reilly, R. (1993) 'A connectionist framework for modeling eye-movement control in reading' In: Perception and cognition: Advances in eye-movement research. Amsterdam: Elsevier. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2014 Current trends in eye tracking research
(2014) Current trends in eye tracking research Current Trends in Eye Tracking Research. [DOI] [Details]
1993 Connectionist approaches to natural language processing
(1993) Connectionist approaches to natural language processing Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. Hillsdale. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'What paint can tell us: A fractal analysis of neurological changes in seven artists'
Forsythe A;Williams T;Reilly RG; (2017) 'What paint can tell us: A fractal analysis of neurological changes in seven artists'. Neuropsychology, 31 (1) [DOI] [Details]
2016 'A Complex Story: Universal Preference vs. Individual Differences Shaping Aesthetic Response to Fractals Patterns'
Street, N;Forsythe, AM;Reilly, R;Taylor, R;Helmy, MS (2016) 'A Complex Story: Universal Preference vs. Individual Differences Shaping Aesthetic Response to Fractals Patterns'. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Child readers' eye movements in reading Thai'
Kasisopa, B;Reilly, RG;Luksaneeyanawin, S;Burnham, D (2016) 'Child readers' eye movements in reading Thai'. Vision Research, 123 :8-19 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Perceptual assimilation of lexical tone: The roles of language experience and visual information'
Reid, A;Burnham, D;Kasisopa, B;Reilly, R;Attina, V;Rattanasone, NX;Best, CT (2015) 'Perceptual assimilation of lexical tone: The roles of language experience and visual information'. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 77 :571-591 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'The dynamics of reading in non-Roman writing systems: a Reading and Writing Special Issue'
Reilly, R;Radach, R (2012) 'The dynamics of reading in non-Roman writing systems: a Reading and Writing Special Issue'. Reading and Writing, 25 :935-950 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'The role of global top-down factors in local eye-movement control in reading'
Radach R.;Huestegge L.;Reilly R. (2008) 'The role of global top-down factors in local eye-movement control in reading'. Psychological Research, 72 (6):675-688 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'The role of global top-down factors in local eye-movement control in reading'
Radach, R;Huestegge, L;Reilly, R (2008) 'The role of global top-down factors in local eye-movement control in reading'. Psychological Research, 72 :675-688 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2005 'Assessing the executive functions of students on a third level introductory programming course'
Bergin, S and Reilly, R (2005) 'Assessing the executive functions of students on a third level introductory programming course'. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 65 (5) [Details]
2003 'Methodologies for comparing complex computational models of eye-movement control in reading: Just fitting the data is not enough'
Reilly R.;Radach R. (2003) 'Methodologies for comparing complex computational models of eye-movement control in reading: Just fitting the data is not enough'. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 26 (4):499-500 [DOI] [Details]
2002 'The relationship between object manipulation and language development in Broca's area: A connectionist simulation of Greenfield's hypothesis'
Reilly R. (2002) 'The relationship between object manipulation and language development in Broca's area: A connectionist simulation of Greenfield's hypothesis'. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25 (1):145-153 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'The Role of Global top-down Factors in local Eye-Movement Control in Reading'
Radach, R., L. Huestegge and R. Reilly (2008) 'The Role of Global top-down Factors in local Eye-Movement Control in Reading'. Psychological Research, 72 :675-688 [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Mapping auditory instructions onto gaze trajectories: How attention is guided by driver-assistant systems'
Koesling, H., Reilly, R.G. (2006) 'Mapping auditory instructions onto gaze trajectories: How attention is guided by driver-assistant systems'. Perception, 35 [Details]
2005 'Words in the brain’s language: An experimental investigation'
Setola, P., and Reilly, R.G. (2005) 'Words in the brain’s language: An experimental investigation'. Brain and Language, 94 :251-259 [IR Link] [Details]
2005 'Predicting introductory programming performance: a multi-institutional multivariate study'
Bergin. S, Reilly. R. (2005) 'Predicting introductory programming performance: a multi-institutional multivariate study'. Computer Science Education, 16 :303-323 [IR Link] [Details]
2005 'Improving eye movement control in young readers'
Lehtimaki, T., and Reilly, R.G. (2005) 'Improving eye movement control in young readers'. Artificial Intelligence Review, 24 :477-488 [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Behavioural and physiological impairments of vigilant attention after traumatic brain injury'
S. Kelly, R. Reilly, I. Robertson, P. Dockree (2004) 'Behavioural and physiological impairments of vigilant attention after traumatic brain injury'. Cognitive Brain Research, 20 :403-414 [Details]
2002 'The relationship between object manipulation and language development in Broca's area: A connectionist simulation of Greenfield's hypothesis'
Reilly, R (2002) 'The relationship between object manipulation and language development in Broca's area: A connectionist simulation of Greenfield's hypothesis'. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25 :145-153 [IR Link] [Details]
1999 'A case study of transient dyslexia'
Reilly, R.G. (1999) 'A case study of transient dyslexia'. Brain and Language, 70 :336-346 [IR Link] [Details]
1998 'Using recurrent neural networks to predict aspects of 3-D structure of folded copolymer sequences'
Reilly, R.G., Kechadi, M-T, Kuznetsov, Y., Timoshenko, E., Dawson, K. (1998) 'Using recurrent neural networks to predict aspects of 3-D structure of folded copolymer sequences'. Journal Il Nuovo Cimento, 20D :2565-2573 [Details]
1998 'Eye movement control during reading: A simulation of some word-targetting strategies'
Reilly, R.G.and O'Regan, J.K, (1998) 'Eye movement control during reading: A simulation of some word-targetting strategies'. Vision Research, 38 :303-317 [IR Link] [Details]
1997 'A study of sequence distributions of a painted globule as a model for proteins with good folding properties'
Kechadi, M-T, Reilly, R.G., Kuznetsov, Y., Timoshenko, E., Dawson, K (1997) 'A study of sequence distributions of a painted globule as a model for proteins with good folding properties'. Journal Il Nuovo Cimento, [IR Link] [Details]
1995 'Sandy ideas and coloured days: The computational implications of embodiment'
Reilly, R. (1995) 'Sandy ideas and coloured days: The computational implications of embodiment'. Artificial Intelligence Review, 9 :305-322 [IR Link] [Details]
1992 'A connectionist technique for on-line parsing'
Reilly, R. (1992) 'A connectionist technique for on-line parsing'. Network: Computation in Neural Systems, 3 :37-45 [IR Link] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
1992 'Connectionist natural language processing'
Sharkey, N. and Reilly, R (1992) 'Connectionist natural language processing' British Computer Science Society: Parallel Update Newsletter, . [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2010 Towards Automatic Blotch Detection for Film Restoration by Comparison of Spatio-Temporal Neighbours
Gaughran, P;Bergin, S;Reilly, R (2010) Towards Automatic Blotch Detection for Film Restoration by Comparison of Spatio-Temporal Neighbours ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE , pp.114-123 [IR Link] [Details]
2010 Towards automatic blotch detection for film restoration by comparison of spatio-temporal neighbours
Gaughran P.;Bergin S.;Reilly R. (2010) Towards automatic blotch detection for film restoration by comparison of spatio-temporal neighbours Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) , pp.114-123 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2006 Towards parallel information processing: Navigation in dynamic automotive environments
Koesling H.;Reilly R. (2006) Towards parallel information processing: Navigation in dynamic automotive environments WMSCI 2006 - The 10th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Jointly with the 12th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ISAS 2006 - Proc , pp.147-152 [Details]
2005 Programming: Factors that influence success
Bergin S.;Reilly R. (2005) Programming: Factors that influence success Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2005 , pp.411-415 [IR Link] [Details]
2005 Virtual environment trajectory analysis: a basis for navigational assistance and scene adaptivity
Sas, C;O'Hare, G;Reilly, R (2005) Virtual environment trajectory analysis: a basis for navigational assistance and scene adaptivity FUTURE GENERATION COMPUTER SYSTEMS , pp.1157-1166 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2005 Improving eye movement control in young readers
Lehtimaki, T;Reilly, R (2005) Improving eye movement control in young readers ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE REVIEW , pp.477-488 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2005 Examining the role of self-regulated learning on introductory programming performance
Bergin S.;Reilly R.;Traynor D. (2005) Examining the role of self-regulated learning on introductory programming performance Proceedings of the 1st International Computing Education Research Workshop, ICER 2005 , pp.81-86 [IR Link] [Details]
2005 Assessing the executive functions of students on a third level introductory programming course
Bergin, S and Reilly, R (2005) Assessing the executive functions of students on a third level introductory programming course 37TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR SOCIETY [Details]
2004 A performance analysis of movement patterns
Sas, C;O'Hare, G;Reilly, R (2004) A performance analysis of movement patterns COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE - ICCS 2004, PT 3, PROCEEDINGS , pp.954-961 [IR Link] [Details]
2003 Applying Machine Learning Techniques to Automating XML Markup
Akhtar S.;Reilly R.;Dunnion J. (2003) Applying Machine Learning Techniques to Automating XML Markup Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning; Models, Technologies and Applications , pp.56-61 [Details]
2003 Online trajectory classification
Sas, C;O'Hare, G;Reilly, R (2003) Online trajectory classification COMPUTATIONAL SICENCE - ICCS 2003, PT III, PROCEEDINGS , pp.1035-1044 [IR Link] [Details]
2003 Auto-tagging of text documents into XML
Akhtar S.;Reilly R.;Dunnion J. (2003) Auto-tagging of text documents into XML Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science) , pp.20-26 [IR Link] [Details]
2006 Towards Parallel Information Processing: Navigation in Dynamic Automotive Environments
Koesling, H., Reilly, R.G. (2006) Towards Parallel Information Processing: Navigation in Dynamic Automotive Environments Proceedings 10th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics vol 1, Orlando, USA, 2006 , pp.147-152 [Details]
2005 Programming: Factors that influence success
Bergin. S., and Reilly, R.G. (2005) Programming: Factors that influence success PROCEEDINGS OF 36TH SIGCSE TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION , pp.120-126 [IR Link] [Details]
2005 An exploration of individual differences in the eye movements of readers of English text
Lehtimäki, T., Koesling, H. & Reilly, R.G. (2005) An exploration of individual differences in the eye movements of readers of English text Proceedings 13th European Conference on Eye Movements, Bern, Switzerland,2005 [Details]
2002 AutoMarkup: A tool for automatically marking up text document
Akhtar, S., Reilly, R. G. & Dunnion, J. (2002) AutoMarkup: A tool for automatically marking up text document Springer, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence: Proceedings of Third International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics, Mexico, 17-23 February 2002 [IR Link] [Details]
2001 SpikeSNNS - a simulator for spike processing networks
Marian, I. and Reilly, R.G. (2001) SpikeSNNS - a simulator for spike processing networks Proceedings of 12th DAAAM International Symposium on Intelligent Manufacturing & Automation: Focus on Precision Engineering, Jena, Germany, October 2001 [Details]
2001 Self-organization of neurons coding directional selectivity in motor cortex
Marian, I. and Reilly, R.G. (2001) Self-organization of neurons coding directional selectivity in motor cortex Proceedings of 12th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, Maynooth, Ireland, September 2001 , pp.253-264 [Details]
1993 A connectionist attentional shift model of eye movement control in reading
Reilly, R (1993) A connectionist attentional shift model of eye movement control in reading PROCEEDINGS OF 15TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE SOCIETY , pp.860-865 [Details]
1993 Boundary effects in the linguistic representations of SRNs
Reilly, R (1993) Boundary effects in the linguistic representations of SRNs PROCEEDINGS OF 15TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE SOCIETY , pp.854-859 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2009
Denis Burnham (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Collaboration with Cognitive Science Research group on use of linear mixed-effect models in ... data, MARCS Laboratory, University of Western Sydney, Australia, Science and Engineering, Computer Science [Details]
2009 15th European Conference on Eye Movements.
(2009) 15th European Conference on Eye Movements. [Oral Presentation], Accuracy of word recognition as a function of font type and luminance, [Details]
2009 Bell Labs.
(2009) Bell Labs. [Oral Presentation], Eye movement control in reading, Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA [Details]
2009 15th European Conference on Eye Movements - ECEM09.
(2009) 15th European Conference on Eye Movements - ECEM09. [Oral Presentation], Reading garden path sentences in the Thai writing system, [Details]
2009 Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam.
(2009) Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam. [Oral Presentation], A novel technique for modelling preview benefit in reading, Potsdam, Germany [Details]
2009 Department of Psychology, Florida State University.
(2009) Department of Psychology, Florida State University. [Oral Presentation], Analysing eye movement data using linear mixed effect models in R, Tallahassee, Florida, USA [Details]
2009
Raúl Cabestrero (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Collaboration with Cognitive Science Research Group to introduce a pupilometric technique ...reading, Department of Psychology, UNED National Distance University of Spain, Science and Engineering, Computer Science [Details]
2009 15th European Conference on Eye Movements - ECEM09.
(2009) 15th European Conference on Eye Movements - ECEM09. [Oral Presentation], The influence of random luminance variation of words on parafoveal preview, [Details]
2009 Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam.
(2009) Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam. [Oral Presentation], Computational modelling in general and the Glenmore model in particular, Potsdam, Germany [Details]
2009 15th European Conference on Eye Movements.
(2009) 15th European Conference on Eye Movements. [Oral Presentation], A saccade latency based discriminability metric for parafoveal lowercase letters, [Details]
2009 15th European Conference on Eye Movments - ECEM09.
(2009) 15th European Conference on Eye Movments - ECEM09. [Oral Presentation], Factors involved in eye guidance in reading Thai, [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
2004 A performance analysis of movement patterns.
Sas C.;O'Hare G.;Reilly R. (2004) A performance analysis of movement patterns. Article [IR Link] [Details]
2003 Online trajectory classification.
Sas C.;O'Hare G.;Reilly R. (2003) Online trajectory classification. Article [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2005 Comparing reading in English and Thai - The role of spatial word unit segmentation in distributed processing and eye movement control.
Reilly, R.G., Radach, R., Corbic, D., & Luksaneeyanawin, S. (2005) Comparing reading in English and Thai - The role of spatial word unit segmentation in distributed processing and eye movement control. Book Review [Details]
2005 Examining the role of Self-Regulated Learning on Introductory Programming Performance.
Bergin. S., Reilly, R.G., Traynor. D. (2005) Examining the role of Self-Regulated Learning on Introductory Programming Performance. Book Review [Details]
2005 Assessing the executive functions of students on a third level introductory programming course.
Bergin. S and Reilly. R. (2005) Assessing the executive functions of students on a third level introductory programming course. Book Review [Details]
1997 Cortical software re-use: A neural basis for creative cognition.
Reilly, R (1997) Cortical software re-use: A neural basis for creative cognition. Book Review [Details]
1997 Broca’s area and the development of object assembly and language production skills.
Reilly, R (1997) Broca’s area and the development of object assembly and language production skills. Book Review [Details]
1997 Using neural networks to predict the compactness of folded polymers.
M-Tahar Kechadi, Reilly, R.G., Timoshenko, E.G.,Kusnetsov, Yu.A. and Dawson K.A. (1997) Using neural networks to predict the compactness of folded polymers. Book Review [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
2001 Cortical Software Re-Use: A theory of cognitive development.
Reilly R.G., Mackey, D. (2001) Cortical Software Re-Use: A theory of cognitive development. Conference Paper [Details]
2001 Automating XML markup.
Akhtar, S., Reilly, R.G. & Dunnion, J. (2001) Automating XML markup. Conference Paper [Details]
2001 Sound and Function Regularities in Interjections.
Nenova, N., G. Joue, R. Reilly and J. Carson-Berndsen (2001) Sound and Function Regularities in Interjections. Conference Paper [Details]
2001 A spiking neural model for visuo-motor imitation.
Reilly, R.G. and Marian, I. (2001) A spiking neural model for visuo-motor imitation. Conference Paper [Details]
2000 Predicting discourse moves using interjection discourse particles.
Nenova, N., and Reilly, R.G., (2000) Predicting discourse moves using interjection discourse particles. Conference Paper [Details]
2000 Supporting discourse structure by applying discourse particles taxonomy.
Nenova, N., and Reilly, R.G. (2000) Supporting discourse structure by applying discourse particles taxonomy. Conference Paper [Details]
1999 Recurrent Neural Network Approach for Partitioning Irregular Graphs.
Kechadi, M.T. & Reilly, R.G (1999) Recurrent Neural Network Approach for Partitioning Irregular Graphs. Conference Paper [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
2012 What and where is the word?.
McBride-Chang, C;Chen, HC;Kasisopa, B;Burnham, D;Reilly, R;Leppanen, P (2012) What and where is the word?. NEW YORK: Editorial [DOI] [Details]
2003 Methodologies for comparing complex computational models of eye-movement control in reading: Just fitting the data is not enough.
Reilly, R;Radach, R (2003) Methodologies for comparing complex computational models of eye-movement control in reading: Just fitting the data is not enough. NEW YORK: Editorial [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2005 The influence of motivation and comfort level on learning to program.
Bergin. S. and Reilly, R.G. (2005) The influence of motivation and comfort level on learning to program. Magazine Article [Details]
2004 Assessing programming Aptitude: A web-based adaptive testing system with remedial instruction.
Bergin. S and Reilly. R. (2004) Assessing programming Aptitude: A web-based adaptive testing system with remedial instruction. Magazine Article [Details]
2002 Efficient event-driven simulation for spiking neural networks.
Marian, I., Reilly, R.G. and Mackey, D. (2002) Efficient event-driven simulation for spiking neural networks. Magazine Article [Details]
2002 Cortical Software Re-Use: A Computational Principle for Cognitive Development in Robots.
Reilly, R.G., Marian, I. (2002) Cortical Software Re-Use: A Computational Principle for Cognitive Development in Robots. Magazine Article [Details]
2001 Collaborative cell assemblies:  Towards a cortical computational building block.
Reilly, R.G. (2001) Collaborative cell assemblies:  Towards a cortical computational building block. Magazine Article [Details]
2001 Automating XML markup using a two stage machine learning technique.
Akhtar, S., Reilly, R. G. & Dunnion, J. (2001) Automating XML markup using a two stage machine learning technique. Magazine Article [Details]

Technical Publication

  Year Publication
2006 A multi-institutional multivariate study to predict introductory programming performance.
Bergin. S, Reilly. R. (2006) A multi-institutional multivariate study to predict introductory programming performance. Technical Publication [Details]