Email
    defoster@lincoln.ac.uk
    Telephone
    01522 88 6925
    Post
    University of Lincoln
    Brayford Pool
    Lincoln
    Lincolnshire
    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

    Dr Derek Foster

    Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

    School of Computer Science
    College of Science

    About Derek Foster

    I am a Senior Lecturer in the Lincoln School of Computer Science where I work researching and teaching the social applications of technology across a range of contexts, particularly for sustainability purposes. My teaching encompasses the Mobile, Cloud, and IoT areas of computing to teach students how to design, develop, and evaluate connected and scalable software systems/applications.

    I have a strong background in Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction, with teaching primarily focused on the technical aspects of cloud and mobile computing, with the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods where relevant.  Currently I am the Principal Investigator for a KTP in Cyber Security in the space of electro-mechanical locking systems, and the Principal Investigator for a recently completed project with the UK Space Agency on supporting evacuation of coastal regions in the UK using Cloud and Mobile technologies.

    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

    I am the Programme Leader for the following programmes within the School of Computer Science:

    BSc/MCOMP Social Computing
    BSc/MCOMP Computer Information Systems

    Currently I teach on, and the module coordinator for the following modules:

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

    Other modules I teach on:

    Database Systems
    Group and individual project supervision

    Other departmental responsibilities:

    School Professional Industry Certification Lead (MTA / Cisco)
    Member of School Resources Committee
    Member of School Teaching & Learning Committee

    Subject Specialism

    Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, IoT, HCI

    Qualifications

    • 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

    Awards

    • 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

    External Activities and Consultancy

    External Examiner for University of Wales Trinity Saint David

    Research Interests

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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