Research Associate | Councillor, University of Adelaide

Dr Richard Matthews (PhD BE(Hons) MIEAust) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Adelaide. His research focuses on the intersection of cybersecurity 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." His specialisations include the forensic identification of digital image sensors using sensor pattern noise, penetration testing, social engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies. 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 has worked in numerous fields including Defence as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. Since 2015 he has been teaching courses at the University of Adelaide relating to first year engineering and, recently, 3D prototyping, design and additive manufacturing. 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).


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Adelaide
  • 2015–present
    Tutor, University of Adelaide
  • 2017–present
    Councillor, University of Adelaide
  • 2015–2019
    PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide
  • 2017–2018
    Academic Consultant, Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, University of Adelaide


  • 2019 
    University of Adelaide , Doctorate in Electronic Engineering
  • 2014 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Hons)


  • 2019
    An analysis of optical contributions to a photo-sensor's ballistic fingerprints, Digital Investigation
  • 2019
    Isolating lens effects from source camera identification using sensor pattern noise, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Comparison of methods for 3D evidence reconstruction
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Institute of Forensic Sciences

Professional Memberships

  • Institution of Engineers Australia
  • Australian and New Zealand Forensic Sciences Society
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers


Australian Defence Medal