Richard Matthews

Dr Richard Matthews

Lecturer

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


Dr Richard Matthews (BE(Hons) PhD MIEAust) is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Adelaide. In his TEDx talk, he discusses the challenges of cybersecurity through the lens of adaptive leadership, posing the transformative idea "why isn't HR solving the people problem in cyber?"

He keenly operates on the boundaries of space, cybersecurity, sustainability and forensics.

He completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide, Australia with a thesis titled "Towards a Unified Theory of Sensor Pattern Noise: an analysis of dark current, lens effects and temperature bias in CMOS Image Sensors."

He is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

He served in the Royal Australian Air Force obtaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant before working in both the power and manufacturing industries as an engineer. Since 2015 he has been teaching courses at the University of Adelaide.

He has previously served on the University's Academic Board and is currently serving his second elected term as a member of the University of Adelaide's governing council.

He has received several scholarships, awards and honours including the Australian Defence Medal (2014), Adelaide Postgraduate Award (2015), the Simon Rockliff Scholarship for outstanding postgraduate mentorship from DSTG (2018), semi-finalist in the Channel 7 Young Australian of the Year Awards (2019) and the Adelaide MBA Community Achievement Scholarship (2019).

Current Research

With the growing threat of cyber attacks from state actors, hacktivists or private enterprises, board directors must be aware of how to manage risk this adaptive challenge presents. It doesn’t have to be about expensive equipment upgrades. It needs to be about people. In my TEDx talk, I discuss exactly this problem through the lens of adaptive leadership, posing the transformative idea "why isn't HR solving the people problem in cyber?"

My current research areas focus on:

  • exploiting dark current of CMOS image sensors as a unique identifier to assist with internet filtering of child exploitation or terror-related material,  
  • penetration testing of small form satellites, and
  • the sustainability of the Australian Space Industry.

I am especially looking to engage with industry on research projects focusing on corporate sustainability, space security or image forensics.

Please reach out to discuss: 
- Industry funding for the development of C-suite education to ripen the issue of cyber risk as an adaptive challenge.
- TRL 7 Corporate Sustainability assessment of the Australian Space Industry.

 

For more information please visit:

https://www.drmatthews.science

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Tutor University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2019 Sessional Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2018 Tutor and Practical Demonstrator The University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2015 RnD Engineer AZZO Technologies
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Scholarship Simon Rockcliff Defence Science Technology Group Australia AUD 4000
    2007 Honour Australian Defence Medal Royal Australian Air Force Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2019 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2014 University of Adelaide Australia BElec(Hons)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2019 MIEAust Institute of Engineers Australia
  • Research Interests

Total funding: $169,047

2019 total: $56,491

  • $48,000, Industry Funded Postdoctoral Researcher as part of a larger grant, 2019.
  • $8,491, Australian Postgraduate Award, per annum funding until 2019.
  • $2,562, Adelaide MBA Community Achievement Scholarship (50% tuition scholarship per subject).

2018 total: $47,082

  • $27,082, Australian Postgraduate Award, per annum funding until 2019.
  • $15,000, ANZPAA NIFS Grant to conduct research into 3D scanning and forensic digital reconstruction methods, 2018.
  • $4,000, Simon Rockcliff Travel Grant; used to travel to Estonia to present at ICR2018 with Tallinn University of Technology and visits for collaboration to NATO CCDCoE, ENFSI - EKEI and industry partners relating to dark current research, image forensic capabilities and child exploitation, 2018.
  • $1,000, Walter and Dorothy Duncan Trust Travel Grant, 2018.

2017 total: $26,682

  • 26,682 Australian Postgraduate Award, per annum funding until 2019.

2016 total: $26,288

  • $26,288, Australian Postgraduate Award, per annum funding until 2019.

2015 total: $9,942

  • $9,942 Australian Postgraduate Award, per annum funding until 2019.

 

Current Role

I am currently engaged as a Lecturer for Design and Innovation, a second year systems engineering introduction course within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Previous teaching experience:
  • Wrote Engineering Technology and Digital Design for the Bachelor of Technology (Defence)
  • Rewrote Introduction to Programming for Information Technology Specialists
  • Course Co-Ordinator for ENTREP 2051/7051 3D Print Prototyping: Possibilities to Product. 
  • Tutor/practical demonstrator within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with experience in the following subjects:
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering IB
    • Analogue Systems
    • Digital Systems
    • Digital Electronics
    • Signals and Systems
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 External Supervisor Leadership in Organisational Cyber Security Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Georgia Psaroulis
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Penetration Testing of the SpaceTalk Tracking Watch The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time de Vries S
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Security Framework for Children’s Safety Watches University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Castignani G
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Security Framework for Children’s Safety Watches The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Shanmuganathan N
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Security Framework for Children’s Safety Watches The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Sharifi N
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Penetration Testing of the SpaceTalk Tracking Watch The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Williams B
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Improving the technical functionality of children’s tracking watches The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Jennings L
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Improving the technical functionality of children’s tracking watches The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Singh I
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2017 - 2020 Member University Council University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - 2016 Member Academic Board The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - 2018 Member Transforming Student Experience Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 - 2019 President Executive Adelaide Postgraduate Student Association Australia
    2017 - 2019 Member Student Affairs Committee Unviersity of Adelaide Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Australia
    2009 - ongoing Member The Institute of Engineers Australia Australia
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Email: richard.matthews@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 3
  • Room: 3 27R
  • Org Unit: School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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