Una-May O'Reilly is a Fellow (elected in 2004) of the International Society of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, now ACM Sig-EVO. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and a M.C.S. and Ph.D. (1995) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She joined the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory as a Post-Doctoral Associate in 1996.
Currently a principal research scientist at CSAIL, she is leader of the AnyScale Learning For All (ALFA) group. EVO-DesignOpt's FlexGP agenda adresses cloud scale machine learning centred upon genetic programming. It focuses on the development and application of cloud-scale evolutionary algorithms in tandem with machine learning techniques for solving a spectrum of medical science, engineering and real world problems. Its
Dr. O'Reilly serves on the executive board of the ACM Sig-EVO. She was chair of the Genetic Programming track at GECCO 2003, co-chair of the 2004 European Conference on Genetic Programming and was chair of GECCO in 2005. She is an associate editor of Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, on the editorial board of Evolutionary Computation, and action editor for the Journal of Machine Learning Research.
Dr. O'Reilly has three patents pending for original genetic algorithm and multi-objective genetic algorithm techniques applicable to internet-based name suggestions and analog circuit sizing.
Dr. O'Reilly served as VP of Technology at Icosystem Corporation from Sept 2006 to June 2007. There she directed the development of Nymbler.com.
In 2003 Dr. O'Reilly played a technical management role in the coordination, integration and software design of Cardea, a Segway-based mobile humanoid robot that pushed open doors. She developed robot architectures and coordinated robot platforms and reporting under the MIT CSAIL's Humanoid Robotics Group's 4 year DARPA Mobile Autonomous Robot Software project on Natural Tasking of Robots Based on Human Cues. She was featured as a "Real Scientist" on PBS's DragonflyTV. See a short video here.
In 1998 Dr. O'Reilly co-founded the Emergent Design Group at MIT with Prof. Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser (formerly of the MIT School of Architecture, now of Testa Architecture & Design). She acted as the group's consultant on computer science and computational design and was responsible for a series of design tools, the most recent of which is Genr8. Genr8 (an open software product) is currently used by Architectural Association School of Architecture (London, UK) graduate design programme in Emergent Technologies and Design. She has given invited lectures on Emergent Design at Adaptive Computing and Design in Manufacturing : Plymouth, UK, 2000, the Communications and Content Forum: Umea, Sweden, 2001, Experimenta Design: Lisbon, Portugal, 2003, the Congress on Evolutionary Computation: Portland, 2004, the Kennon Symposium at Rice University School of Architecture, 2004 and the 4th International Symposium on Hybrid Intelligent Systems, Kitakyushu, Japan, 2004.