Background and research interests
Ken Barker holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science from the University of Alberta (1990) and has more than two decades of experience working with industrial computer systems and has consulting experience in the design of commercial databases.
He has particular interest in system integration, distributed systems, and the privacy and security of data repositories. His research interests have included mobile data systems, object-oriented database systems, bioinformatics and heterogeneous systems.
He has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Science and as the Department Head of Computer Science at the University of Calgary. He is the Past President of the Canadian Association of Computer Science (CACS/AIC) and has served on the Computer Science Accreditation Council.
Dr. Barker has published over 200 peer reviewed publications in areas as diverse as distributed systems, software engineering, transaction systems, simulations, spatial database systems, social networks, geographical information systems, astro-informatics, privacy and security.