Adam Barker

    Royal Society Industry Fellow
    Lecturer, University of St Andrews
    Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh



I am a Royal Society Industry Fellow, and a SICSA appointed Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. I am also an Honorary Fellow at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to obtaining a faculty position I worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Edinburgh. I have also worked in industry at Hewlett Packard and BAE Systems. I hold a PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh; the focus of my PhD was Web service choreography.

I lead the Big Data Lab. Our research mission is to support the architecture and engineering of scalable systems that address current and future data-intensive challenges. Our research was recently featured in the MIT Technology Review and The Guardian. Through my Royal Society Fellowship I work with Cloudsoft on multi-cloud application management in CodeBase.

To support my research I am an Investigator (both PI and Co-I) on grants worth over £815,000 from a diverse range funding sources, including the EPSRC, Royal Society, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), SICSA, Amazon and Microsoft. I am an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC) and Cluster Computing, and a member of the TPC for HPDC: ACM International Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing.

Please note, between June 2014 and January 2015 I am working in industry full time and will not be accepting project students.