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Bruce Briley, Ph.D.

Bruce Briley
Adjunct Faculty


Off Campus







Ph.D. in EE, University of Illinois, Champaign
M.S. in EE, University of Illinois, Champaign
B.S. in EE, University of Illinois, Champaign


Dr. Briley was involved with the design and implementation of the Illiac II Supercomputer at University of Illinois. (The machine was Asynchronous, Speed Independent, utilizing discrete ECL, and was funded by the Office of Naval Research and the Atomic Energy Commission.)

He has worked for Automatic Electric; Western Electric, where he filed his first patent disclosure; International Harvester Research, where he taught programming to the Engineering staff, and  Zenith Radio Corporation.

Following his Ph.D., Briley joined Automatic Electric Research (GT&E) where he formulated a unique means of internal computer control and designed the first non-replicative self-repairing computer control.  Briley served as supervisor of a small research group and head of a department within the company that produced software for Electronic Telephone Switching machines.

He then joined Bell Labs, where he was involved in the design of No. 3 ESS switching machine, and did research in ultra-high-speed arithmetic units. He also improved upon a mathematical bound that had been established by John von Neumann. He did research in fiber optics and superconductivity, published two textbooks, and was awarded the position of Distinguished MTS.

He joined Motorola, where he led a group in Competitive Intelligence and conducted research in Reliable System Design, formulating a unique mathematical means for characterizing reliability and synthesizing more reliable systems.

Throughout his entire professional career, Briley has taught as an adjunct professor at IIT, introduced eight new courses and received the first Alva C. Todd Professorship.

 He holds 21 U.S. patents.

Current Research Interests:

  • Application of Electromagnetics to control the scourges of Arthropod parasites destroying  trees in the Western Hemisphere
  • Application of Galois Field theory to Reliability Forensics

Courses Introduced at IIT

  • Digital Computer Design
  • Computer Architecture
  • Automata Theory
  • Fiber Optics
  • Logic Circuit Implementation
  • Cellular Systems Design
  • Telephone Switching Systems
  • Design of Reliable Systems


Introduction to Telephone Switching, Addison Wesley

Introduction to Fiber Optics System Design, North Holland

Professional Society Memberships 


“An Engineering Approach to Controlling Certain Arthropod Tree Infestations,” International Congress of Entomology, Durban, SA, 2008 (Submitted).

“Fixed Mobile Convergence,” 2007 Communications and Networking Conference.

“Reliability Polynomial Forensics,” Motorola GSG Technology Journal, 2005

“A Framework for Event Correlation in Communications Systems,” IEEE/IFIP Conference on Multimedia Networks and Services, 2001

“A New Approach to Switching Network Synthesis,” International Conference on Communications Technology, Shanghai, China, 1994

“Extension of Magnet Cryogenics into Data Acquisition and Reduction Electronics and Photonics,” Proceedings of the Superconducting Supercollider Conference, FL, March, 1990

 “Cryogenic Cooling of Fiber Optic Systems,” Invited Seminar, University of Southampton, UK, November, 1988.

“A Broadband Switching Experiment,” International Journal of Digital Analog Cabled Systems, Vol. 1, 1988, pp. 73-76.

“Fiber Optics Technology,” Invited Seminar, University of Rome, Italy, March, 1986.

“New Results on Average Worst-Case Carry,” IEEE Transactions on Computers, May, 1973.

“A Self-Healing Control,” Bell System Technical Journal, vol. 47, No, 10, December, 1968, pp 2367-2378.

“A New Memory Element and Sysem,” Proceedings of the International Magnetics Conference, 1965

“A New Approach to Computer Control,” Proceedings of the Fall Joint Computer Conference, 1965