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Professor Richard Guest

Professor Richard Guest

Professor of Biometric Technologies

Research interests

  • Biometric and Forensic Technologies
  • Explainable and Ethical Use of Biometric Systems
  • Interdiciplinary Research on Biometric/Forensic Implementation

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Accepting applications from PhD students.


Richard Guest has an internationally recognised and sustained research record in biometric and forensic systems, security, image processing and feature pattern recognition, securing over £5M of external funding over the past 20 years. He has significant research leadership as Principal Investigator of several large national and international projects including EU Marie Słodowska-Curie ITNs, EU and UKRI projects.

He is an appointed member of the UK Home Office Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group advising the Government on the use of biometric technologies. His is also the Training and Education Lead for the European Association for Biometrics and has had active involvement with ISO/IEC standardisation processes in the area of biometric data interchange, used in worldwide deployments. 

Before joining Southampton, he held numerous senior leadership posts at the University of Kent including Deputy Divisional Director and Head of School of Engineering.