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University of Adelaide Researcher Profile

I am currently engaged as a Research Associate at the University of Adelaide. A full description of my current research activities can be found on my institutional researcher profile.

This can be accessed at: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/richard.matthews

You can find my latest preprints on ResearchGate.


PhD Thesis

My thesis was academically approved on the 8th of April 2019 and can be accessed here. I was conferred my doctorate on the 30th of June 2019.


My Research Global Grand Challenges:

I believe that as our economies pivot from systems reliant on growth to ones driven by the creation of knowledge, research and teaching will become pivotal to the advancement of societal welfare.

The guardians of knowledge in our society have evolved from tribal elders to religious institutions and from religious institutions to universities. We are now seeing the disruptive influences of the internet move that custodial duty from academic institutions to internet-enabled platforms. Curating these platforms and protecting them from the chaotic influences of fake-news will be the adaptive challenge of our modern society.

To this end,  I focus on adaptive challenges in my research. I do not chase citations or metrics in my work. I focus on the problems and let the work define the disciplinary boundaries required to engage in these critical systems work.

My current academic expertise are related to:

  • Cyber policy, law, strategy, and warfare.
  • Digital forensics.
  • Governance, particularly academic governance.
  • Systems engineering.
  • Engineering professional practice.

I am always open to interdisciplinary work. Please contact me to discuss projects in the above areas.


Active Student Research Programs:
  • Student programs being evaluated for 2020.

Previous student programs included:

  • Penetration testing of children smartwatches.
  • Space platform security, assessing global navigation systems for vulnerabilities.
  • Comparing and contrasting forensic imaging methodologies using the latest 3D technologies.

Publications (19)

Publications in Peer Review (1)

—        Matthews, R., Sorell, M., & Falkner, N. (n.d.). Reverse Engineering the Raspberry Pi Camera V2: A study of Pixel Non-Uniformity using a Scanning Electron Microscope.

Journal Publications (2)

2019     Matthews, R., Sorell, M., & Falkner, N. (2019). An analysis of optical contributions to a photo-sensor’s ballistic fingerprints. Digital Investigation, 28 (March 2019), 139-145.

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(Sup 1), S132-S135.

Conference Papers and Abstracts (13)

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.

2019     Matthews, R. H., Phillips, B., & Sorell, M. (2019). How security ready is the Australia Space Industry? The challenges of digital security in space. 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). 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.

2018     Matthews, R. H., Sorell, M., & Falkner, N. (2018). Isolating Lens Effects from Source Camera Identification using Photo-Response Non-Uniformity Noise. In 24th International Symposium of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society. Perth, Australia.

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.

Technical and Policy Reports (3)

2019     Matthews, R., Phillips, B., and Sorell, M. (2019).  Space Cyber: Understanding Cyber Vulnerabilities of Small Form Factor Satellites. The University of Adelaide. 2019.

2017    Matthews, R. (2017). OSINT- SNAFU Facebook Page: A preliminary report prepared for The Hon. Dan Tehan MP Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security. 2017

2017     Matthews, R. (2017). The Byethorne duck – an image provenance investigation technical report. Technical report, The University of Adelaide. 2017.

Research Impact (23)

Every year since 2015, Dr Matthews is one of the University of Adelaide’s top 10 most read authors on The Conversation. Demonstrating the reach of his work, he has been translated into numerous languages including German, Indonesian and Arabic. He has amassed a following of close to  650,000 readers.

2019     Matthews, R. (2019). Space can solve our looming resource crisis – but the space industry itself must be sustainable. The Conversation.

2019     Matthews, R. (2019). Your car is more likely to be hacked by your mechanic than a terrorist. The Conversation.

2019     Matthews, R. and Lovell, K. (2019)  Don’t click that link! how criminals access your digital devices and what happens when they do. The Conversation.

2019     Vanstone, A. (2019).How to protect against cyber threats. ABC Counterpoint. (interview).

2018     Matthews, R. (2018). US citizens can now publish models of 3d printed firearms online. what does it mean for us? The Conversation.

2018     Matthews, R., and Falkner, N. (2018). How suppliers of everyday devices make you vulnerable to cyber attack and what to do about it. The Conversation.

2018     Matthews, R. (2018). How silent signals from your phone could be recording and tracking you. The Conversation.

2018     Matthews, R. (2018).  Proposed new regulations for 3d printed medical devices must go further. The Conversation.

2018     Vanstone, A. (2018). 3d printed guns. ABC Counterpoint. (interview).

2018     Royce, K. (2018). 3d-printed weapons and the law. The Saturday Paper. (interview).

2018     Cooper, L. (2018)  3d-printed guns in Australia: Everything you need to know. Channel 9. (interview).

2018     McKinnon, A. (2018). Science and technology- cyber security. Radio Adelaide, Rich and Real. (interview).

2018     Randall , A. and Lane, S. (2018). Concerns over what mobile phone microphones are recording – and why. Angus Randall on AM with Sabra Lane. (interview).

2018     Long, T. (2018) 3D printing your medicine? Talking Lifestyle. (interview).

2018     Smith. B, (2018), Fake news, hoax images: How to spot a digitally altered photo from the real deal. ABC News. (interview).

2018     Bogle. A, (2018), ’Image ballistics’: Your smartphone camera reveals more than you think. ABC News. (interview).

2017     Matthews, R. (2017). Everyone falls for fake emails: lessons from cybersecurity summer school. The Conversation.

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.

2017     Carrick. D (2017), 3D printed guns and regulation. The Law Report. (interview).

2017     Smith. J, (2017), 3D printed gun laws still unclear. 2SER: The Daily, 2017. (interview).

2017     Grace. L, (2017), Fake photos and how forensic digital image provenance can prove they aren’t or are real. The Advertiser. (interview).

2015     Matthews, R. (2105) The playboy centrefold at the centre of computer science. The Conversation, 2015


Grants

2018     Australian Policing Advisory Association National Institute of Forensic Science         $15,000

Principal Co-Investigator. 

To conduct a comparative study on 3D scanning technology for forensic purposes. Specifically investigating the benefit of 3D imaging technology in the areas of shoe impressions, blood spatter and bone evidence. Study will be conducted at an honours level over the course of 2019. Joint holder with Dr Matthew Sorell.

Scholarships and Awards

2019     Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Award.

2019     Adelaide MBA Community Achievement Scholarship

2018     Semi-Finalist Channel 7 Young Achiever of the Year University of Adelaide STEM Award 

2018     First place international cyber security exercise relating to Maritime security

2018     Simon Rockcliffe Travel Award 

2017     First place International cyber security exercise relating to Social Engineering

2015     APA/RTP Scholarship – University of Adelaide Scholarship

2014     Australian Defence Medal

2008     TIA Industry Scholarship 

2008     Australian Commonwealth Scholarship

2006     Australian Defence Force Academy Education Award