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 MAICD MIEAust) is a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

Dr Matthews’ research focuses on the field of digital forensics including elements of cyber security, intelligence, and media forensics. In 2020 he was inducted into the Netflix Security Researcher Hall of fame and received a bug bounty from the technology company Snap for his intelligence exploit enabling the extraction and preservation of digital media from Snapchat’s Snap Map. He is the current Technology Chair for DFRWS APAC and is now working on projects to address the prevalence of pseudo-science with media forensics and pattern matching disciplines.

Dr Matthews received his PhD at the University of Adelaide under scholarship. He has served on the University’s Academic board and University Council. He is an active peer reviewer for Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation and IEEE Access. He is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

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
    2020 Recognition Netflix Security Researcher Hall of Fame Netflix United States
    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
    2019 University of Adelaide Australia Masters of Business Administration
    2014 University of Adelaide Australia BElec(Hons)
  • Certifications

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

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Matthews, R., Falkner, N., & Sorell, M. (2021). Determining image sensor temperature using dark current. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 14 pages.
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    2021 Matthews, R., Lovell, K., & Sorell, M. (2021). Ghost protocol – Snapchat as a method of surveillance. Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation, 36, 1-9.
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    2021 Biondi, F., Buonocore, G., & Matthews, R. (2021). Generative Adversarial Networks from a Cyber Intelligence perspective. Library of The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.
    2020 Matthews, R., Falkner, N., & Sorell, M. (2020). Reverse engineering the Raspberry Pi Camera V2: A study of pixel non-uniformity using a scanning electron microscope. FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL-DIGITAL INVESTIGATION, 32, 9 pages.
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    2019 Matthews, R., Sorell, M., & Falkner, N. (2019). Isolating lens effects from source camera identification using sensor pattern noise. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 51(Suppl. 1), S132-S135.
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    2019 Matthews, R., Sorell, M., & Falkner, N. (2019). An analysis of optical contributions to a photo-sensor's ballistic fingerprints. Digital Investigation, 28, 139-145.
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    2018 Matthews, R. (2018). How silent signals from your phone could be recording and tracking you. The Conversation : academic rigour, journalistic flair, Available online May 10, 2018.
    2018 Matthews, R. (2018). Proposed new regulations for 3D printed medical devices must go further. The Conversation : academic rigour, journalistic flair, Available online February 9, 2018.
    2017 Matthews, R. (2017). Everyone falls for fake emails: lessons from cybersecurity summer school. The Conversation : academic rigour, journalistic flair, Available online July 28, 2017.
    2017 Matthews, R. (2017). Explainer: how law enforcement decodes your photos. The Conversation.
    2017 Matthews, R. (2017). The legal minefield of 3D printed guns. The Conversation : academic rigour, journalistic flair, Available online February 3, 2017.
    2015 Matthews, R. (2015). The Playboy centrefold at the centre of computer science. The Conversation, (May 11), 1 page.
    Matthews, R., Sorell, M., & Falkner, N. (n.d.). Rethinking Image Sensor Noise for Forensic Advantage.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2021 Matthews, R., & Sorell, M. (2021). Forensic Applications of 3D Imaging - The Case for Foundational Validation. In https://www.fcn.police.uk/news/2021-08/fcn-announces-week-long-research-festival-september. London, England.
    2019 Matthews, R. H. (2019). How safe is the internet? The Adaptive Challenges in Cyber Space.. In TEDx UniSA. Adelaide.
    2019 Matthews, R. H., Falkner, N., & Sorell, M. (2019). Exploiting dark current for forensic image identification. In https://www.taltech.ee/institutes/centre-for-digital-forensics-cyber-security/events-19/interdisciplinary-cyber-research-icr-workshop/icr2019-3/. Tallinn.
    2019 Shelby-James, L., Norman, S., Matthews, R., & Sorell, M. (2019). Reliability and trust in global navigation satellite systeMs. In https://www.taltech.ee/institutes/centre-for-digital-forensics-cyber-security/events-19/interdisciplinary-cyber-research-icr-workshop/icr2019-3/. Tallinn.
    2019 Tang, J., Walsh, G., Sorell, M., & Matthews, R. H. (2019). Forensic applications of 3d scanning. In https://www.taltech.ee/institutes/centre-for-digital-forensics-cyber-security/events-19/interdisciplinary-cyber-research-icr-workshop/icr2019-3/. Tallinn.
    2019 Tang, J., Walsh, G., Sorell, M., & Matthews, R. H. (2019). Forensic applications of 3d scanning. In https://www.taltech.ee/institutes/centre-for-digital-forensics-cyber-security/events-19/interdisciplinary-cyber-research-icr-workshop/icr2019-3/. Tallinn.
    2018 Matthews, R. H., Sorell, M., & Falkner, N. (2018). Thermal Effects of Dark Current on Blind Source Camera Identification. In Proceedings of the 4th Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Workshop 2018 (pp. 37-41). Tallinn University of Technology.
    2018 de Vries, S., Grozinger, F., Williams, B., Sorell, M., & Matthews, R. (2018). Penetration Testing of the SpaceTalk Tracking Watch. In Proceedings of the 4th Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Workshop 2018. Tallinn University of Technology.
    2018 Castignani, G., Shanmuganathan, N., Sharifi, N., Sorell, M., & Matthews, R. H. (2018). Security Framework for Children’s Safety Watches. In Proceedings of the 4th Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Workshop 2018 (pp. 54-56). Tallinn University of Technology.
    2018 Jennings, L., Singh, I., Sorell, M., Matthews, R. H., Eggendorfer, T., & Hovhannisyan, K. (2018). Improving the technical functionality of children’s tracking watches. In Proceedings of the 4th Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Workshop 2018. Tallinn University of Technology.
    2017 Matthews, R., Sorell, M., & Falkner, N. (2017). Isolating Lens Aberrations within Fixed Pattern Noise. In Proceedings of the 3rd Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Workshop 2017 (pp. 21-24). online: Tallinn University of Technology.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2019 Matthews, R. H., Phillips, B., & Sorell, M. (2019). How security ready is the Australia Space Industry? The challenges of digital security in space. Poster session presented at the meeting of http://www.nssa.com.au/19asrc/resources/19ASRC_Program_Abstracts.pdf. Adelaide, South Australia.
    2019 Matthews, R. H. (2019). The real space cowboys: An assessment of Space Exploration Technologies Corp sustainability using the Ben et al and Perrott Models of corporate sustainability. Poster session presented at the meeting of http://www.nssa.com.au/19asrc/resources/19ASRC_Program_Abstracts.pdf. Adelaide, South Australia.
    2018 Matthews, R. H., Sorell, M., & Falkner, N. (2018). Isolating Lens Effects from Source Camera Identification using Photo-Response Non-Uniformity Noise. Poster session presented at the meeting of 24th International Symposium of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society. Perth, Australia.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2019 Matthews, R. H. (2019). Towards a Unified Theory of Sensor Pattern Noise: An analysis of dark current, lens effects, and temperature bias in CMOS image sensors. (PhD Thesis, The University of Adelaide).
  • Software

    Year Citation
    Matthews, R. (n.d.). Arduino Controlled Peltier Plate Device and mount for Raspi Camera v2 [Computer Software].
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    Matthews, R. (n.d.). Python code to take images on a RasPi V2 Camera at a set temperature [Computer Software].
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    Matthews, R. (n.d.). Image Forensic Toolbox to support Sensor Pattern Methods [Computer Software].
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  • Filesets

    Year Citation
    Matthews, R., Falkner, N., & Sorell, M. (n.d.). Raspi Flat field Images - Camera 04.
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    Matthews, R., Falkner, N., & Sorell, M. (n.d.). Raspberry Pi Dark Current Images - Camera 01, 05 and 06..
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    Matthews, R., Falkner, N., & Sorell, M. (n.d.). Raspi Flat field Images - Camera 01.
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    Matthews, R., Falkner, N., & Sorell, M. (n.d.). Raspi Flat field Images - Camera 02.
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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
    2021 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Automated Content Moderation The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Siyu Wang
    2021 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Automated Content Moderation The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Siyu Wang
    2021 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Automated Content Moderation The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Sanjana Tanuku
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Forensic Applications of 3D Imaging University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Glen Walsh
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Forensic Applications of 3D Imaging University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Jimmy Tang
    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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