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Dr Matthew McGuigan

Research Fellow

 (Streatham) 5910

 01392 725910

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Matthew was contacted to take part in a TV interview and asked to explain how to image a solar eclipse. See the interview here: Watch Video

He is a Research Fellow who undertook his PhD in the Surface Analysis and Fingerprint Recognition from Multi-Light Imaging Collections with a focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence. Through studying Physics and Astronomy in his BSc at the University of Glasgow, he found the computational imaging techniques used in astronomy very interesting. This led him on to study Sensor and Imaging Systems in his MSc at the University of Edinburgh, where he spent his industrial project placement (at Optos plc) developing an Application of Virtual Reality to display 3D Medical Retinal Data. 

During his PhD Matthew developed an algorithm for the Remote Extraction of Latent Fingerprints (RELF) which has led to the ongoing development of a prototype device for contactless fingerprint imaging in collaboration with a law enforcement agency (LEA).

His research interests include machine learning, computer vision and fingerprint imaging.


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Conferences and presentations

  • Home Office National Top 10 Short Talks Chosen For Security & Policing Conference (2021). I was honoured to have my short talk was chosen by the Home Office as one of only ten to be presented at their 2021 Security & Policing conference. It was a great privilege to be chosen to present alongside speakers including the Home Secretary.
  • 2020 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN). I delivered a talk alongside my paper on Remote Extraction of Latent Fingerprints (RELF).
  • International Optical Society of America Network of Students (IONS), University of Exeter, Exeter (2019). I delivered a talk on Reflectance transformation imaging – using mathematics and off the shelf camera optics to obtain high resolution surface topography.
  • Recent Advances in Industrial Digitalisation, Robotics and Automation, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham (2019). I delivered a talk on Non-contact Fingerprint Extraction from Specular Surfaces using Computational Imaging. 
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Portland, Oregon, US. (2018). I delivered a Poster Presentation on Accurate Surface Normals From Photographs using Computational Imaging. 

Organising comittee:

  • Space Exe Space Science and Astronomy Conference 2018, University of Exeter, Exeter. May, 2018.
  • Space Exe Space Science and Astronomy Conference 2019, University of Exeter, Exeter. March,2019.

Contributed in Study Groups with Industry:

  • 141st Mathematical European Study Group with Industry (ESGI), University College Dublin, Dublin. June, 2018.
  • Hardening techniques for image classifiers. 145th Mathematical European Study Group with Industry (ESGI), University of Cambridge, Cambridge. April, 2019.


I was contacted for a TV interview and asked to explain how to image the 2015 solar eclipse. I also discussed some astrophotograpy which I had posted online See the interview here: Watch Video

I have also worked with the Exeter Mathematics School providing a hands-on session for Year 9 Maths Student Community programme exploring the relationship between human beings and artificial intelligence.

I am one of 26,000 STEM Ambassadors across the UK. I was a volunteer for the University of Glasgow's astronomy outreach program delivering presentations, talks and planetarium shows to the public in schools, societies and other groups.

I was the social secretary for Space Exe (the University of Exeter's student astronomy society). We arrange stargazing events and outreach events to engage the public with astronomy and physics.

For two years I was on the organising comittee for the first ever Space Exe Conference 2018 and Space Exe Conference 2019 ( which were a resounding success with speakers from the Met Office, various universities and various observatories.

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