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    Dr Derek Foster

    Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

    School of Computer Science
    College of Science

    About Derek Foster

    I am a lecturer in the University of Lincoln’s Social Computing (LiSC) research centre where I work researching social applications in a wide range of contexts, current focus is on behaviour change for sustainability. My background is in Computer Science with a strong interest in Human Computer Interaction. With a wide range of CS and HCI skills I design, build and evaluate social applications on both mobile and web platforms leading to interesting empirical research and innovation. The design and development of cloud and mobile computing are core areas of my expertise. Currently Principal Investigator for a UK Space Agency funded project using cloud/mobile for evacuation routing, and a KTP in Cyber Security in the space of electro-mechanical locking systems.

    I hold a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Lincoln and an MSc in Human-centred Interactive Technologies from the University of York.

    Department Responsibilities

    Currently I teach on, and the module coordinator for the following School of Computer Science modules:

    Introduction to Social Computing (BSc)
    Social Media and Society (BSc)
    Mobile Computing (BSc/MCOMP)
    Cloud Computing at (BSc)
    Mobile and Connected Devices (MSc)

    I am also programme leader for:

    BSc/MCOMP Social Computing
    BSc/MCOMP Computer Information Systems

    Subject Specialism

    Human-centred Interaction technologies, cloud and mobile platform technologies


    • PhD Computer Science (Current - University of Lincoln) — University of Lincoln, 2016
    • MSc Human Computing Interactive Technologies (University of York) — University of York, 2009
    • BSc Internet Computing (University of Lincoln) — University of Lincoln, 2008
    • HND Computing (Lincoln College) — Lincoln College, 2007
    • City and Guilds NVQ 4 in HGV Mechanical/Electrical Systems — City and Guilds, 1995


    • Space for Smarter Government Catapult £60k — UK Innovate, 2015
    • Awarded KTP for 2 years in Cloud-based Electro-Mechanical Lock Systems £120k — UK Innovate, 2015
    • Microsoft Azure Educators Grant — Microsoft, 2015
    • JISC Tranformations Programme - KillaWhats Student Energy Study £15k — HEFCE, 2012
    • Best Poster Award at 1st International UBI Summer School , Oulu, Finland — 2010
    • Best Full Academic Paper at ACM Mindtrek 2010 Conference , Tampere, Finland — 2010
    • Awarded full PhD studentship at University of Lincoln — 2009
    • Awarded full EPSRC studentship at University of York for MSc — 2008

    Professional Affiliations

    • MBCS
    • Member of Program Committee for SocialCom (ACE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing)
    • Member of Program Committee for Interact (IFIP/Springer International Conference on Human Computer Interaction)
    • Technology Strategy Board assessor for 2012 ‘Internet of Things Ecosystem Demonstrator’ competition

    Research Interests

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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