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Adam Barker

    Director of Systems Infrastructure Research (SIR), Huawei Edinburgh
    Professor of Computer Systems, University of St Andrews
    Group Leader, Systems Research Group (SRG)
    Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh



I am the Director of the Systems Infrastructure Research (SIR) lab in the Huawei Edinburgh Research Center, (Full) Professor of Computer Systems at the School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews, Group Leader of the Systems Research Group (SRG) and an Honorary Fellow at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. I have spent large portions of my career in industry and have worked as a Research Scientist at Google on two separate occasions where I contributed to Borg and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Previously I held a Royal Society Industry Fellowship and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. I have industry experience in research and development at Google, Hewlett Packard, Cloudsoft, and BAE Systems. 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 hold a PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh; the focus of my PhD was Web service choreography.

To support my research I am an Investigator (both PI and Co-I) on grants worth over £3 Million from a diverse range of funding sources, including the EPSRC, European Research Council (ERC), Royal Society, Google, 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. I am an alumnus of the Scottish Crucible, a research leadership programme. I serve as a regular Independent Expert and project evaluator on big data for the European Commission. Please see my LinkedIn profile for further details.

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. I have a successful track record of PhD supervision and have currently supervised eight doctoral students to completion. My recent PhD students have ended up in top-tier companies including Google, Amazon, Nvidia and Adobe. Please read my PhD FAQ before contacting me.