Dr Paul Reilly
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Dr Paul Reilly is a Visiting Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.
After a career in the IT Industry with IBM, I am returning to archaeology as a Visiting Senior Fellow. Known principally as a pioneer of virtual archaeology, my involvement in archaeological computing actually began in 1982 when I started working on my Ph.D, in which I developed and applied proto-GIS technology and applied stochastic simulations to analyse the archaeological landscape of the Isle of Man. My fascination with the potential of IT to model, explore and present archaeological data and interpretation, has expanded ever since. As a researcher working in multidisciplinary teams with IBM, elements of my research applying data visualisation, modelling and exploration has not only influenced thinking in the field of archaeological computing, but has helped shape commercial research and development into the technology.
I am member of CAA, and as a past chairman of this international association, I participated in a Personal Histories session, sharing some previously unpublished personal events which helped shape the development of the sub-disciplines which now compose archaeological computing as we see it today.