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Dr Richard Matthews is an expert in digital forensics. He holds a PhD in image forensics, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Dr Matthews also holds several certificates in cybersecurity from Taltech, Estonia. He has previously been a member of the INTERPOL Digital Forensic Experts Group and the UK Forensic Capability Network's 3D Printing Experts Group.

His research interests reside at the crossroads of artificial intelligence (AI), systems engineering, and inclusive technology design. His work primarily focuses on leveraging AI to create innovative solutions that promote accessibility and inclusivity as the founder of RHEM Labs Pty Ltd.

Established in 2023 as part of the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, RHEM Labs is an innovative technology company focusing on developing AI solutions for accessibility and inclusivity. They are known for their advanced research in digital companionship and tailored support systems for individuals with disabilities. As a leading expert in his field, Dr Matthews leverages his extensive knowledge to create impactful technologies.

As a recognized authority in his field, Dr Matthews is also an award-winning public speaker. In his TEDx talk "How safe is the Internet?" he presents a sobering view at our use of technology while highlighting how businesses must consider what they post online. His research integrates previously disjointed interdisciplinary fields such as electronic engineering, computer science, forensic science into one cohesive message about internet safety viewed through risk management lens.

In 2020 he was honoured by being included into Netflix Security Researcher Hall Of Fame after receiving bug bounty recognition from Snap Inc., thanks to his exploit enabling extraction & preservation of media content from Snapchat’s Snap Map feature.

He currently serves Technology Chair role for DFRWS APAC working on projects addressing prevalence pseudo-science within media forensics & pattern matching disciplines; additionally serving Advisory Board Member position with Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation Journal where he acts Editor besides actively contributing peer-review articles IEEE Access journal too.

Dr Matthew's professional memberships include Australian Institute Company Directors; Institute Electrical Electronics Engineers; Australian New Zealand Forensic Science Society along with Institution Engineers Australia membership too.

During free time enjoys fatherhood , appreciates life whilst finding joy interacting .


  • 2020–present
    Associate lecturer, University of Adelaide
  • 2019–2020
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Adelaide
  • 2017–2020
    Councillor, University of Adelaide
  • 2015–2019
    PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide
  • 2015–2019
    Casual Academic, 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
    Isolating lens effects from source camera identification using sensor pattern noise, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences
  • 2019
    An analysis of optical contributions to a photo-sensor's ballistic fingerprints, Digital Investigation

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 Institute of Company Directors


Australian Defence Medal