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About Derek Foster

I am a Principal 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 BSc/MCOMP Computer Science Currently I teach on, and the Module Coordinator for the following modules: Mobile Computing (BSc/MCOMP) Cloud Computing at (BSc) Mobile and Connected Devices (MSc) Other modules I teach on: Database Systems (including Cloud-based) Group and Individual Project supervision Previously taught modules: Introduction to Social Computing (BSc) Social Media and Society (BSc) 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


  • PhD Computer Science (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


  • Google Cloud Educators Grant £10k — Google,
  • Space for Smarter Government Catapult £60k — SBRI,
  • Awarded KTP for 2 years in Cloud-based Electro-Mechanical Lock Systems £108k — UK Innovate,
  • Microsoft Azure Educators Grant — Microsoft,
  • JISC Tranformations Programme - KillaWhats Student Energy Study £15k — HEFCE,
  • 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


External Examiner for University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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Research Interests

  • Behaviour Change

  • Cloud Computing

  • Energy

  • HCI

  • Mobile Development

  • Social Media

Research in the Lincoln Repository

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