Adam Barker

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



I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, and a Royal Society Industry Fellow, which allows me to work part-time at Cloudsoft on Apache Brooklyn. 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, The Guardian and Forbes. 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 from a diverse range funding sources, including the EPSRC, European Research Council (ERC), 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. I am an alumnus of the Scottish Crucible, a research leadership programme. I serve as an Independent Expert for the European Commission and have reviewed research proposals for the EPSRC.

I am always looking for engineering focused PhD students interested in pursuing research on topics related to distributed systems, cloud computing and data-intensive computing. Please read my PhD FAQ before contacting me. I have a fully funded PhD scholarship (fees and stipend) in Data Science available for UK/EU and International students, please get in touch if you are interested.