Hanna Kurniawati

Professor and SmartSat CRC Chair in Advanced Space System Autonomy, Intelligence and Decision Making

If you are interested to work with me on exciting research projects in decision making under uncertainty, robot motion planning, reinforcement learning, with applications on robotics, please drop me an e-mail or stop by my office. I have openings for Postdoctoral Research Fellow, PhD, and Research Assistant positions.


I am a Professor at the School of Computing, Australian National University (ANU), and the SmartSat CRC Professorial Chair for System Autonomy, Intelligence, and Decision Making. I am the ANU Node Lead and the Planning & Control theme lead for the Australian Robotics Inspection and Asset Management (ARIAM) Hub. At ANU, I founded the Robot Decision Making group and was a deputy lead of the interdisciplinary research project Humansing Machine Intelligence.

I earned a PhD in Computer Science for work in Robot Motion Planning from National University of Singapore and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Indonesia. After my PhD, I was a Postdoctoral Associate, and then a Research Scientist at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, MIT. I was a faculty member at the University of Queensland School of ITEE, before moving to ANU in 2019 to become a CS and ANU Futures Fellow.

My research interests span planning under uncertainty, robotics, robot motion planning, integrated planning and learning, and computational geometry applications. Specifically, I focus on algorithms to enable robust decision theory to become practical software tools, with applications in robotics. Such software tools will enable robots to design their own strategies, such as deciding what data to use, how to gather the data, and how to move, for accomplishing various tasks well, despite various modelling errors and types of uncertainty, and despite limited to no information about the system and its operating environment.

Together with collaborators and students, my work has received multiple recognitions, including a best paper award at the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) 2015, nomination for the best paper award at IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2015, a gold award for ICT researcher of the year 2015 from the Australian Computer Society, a keynote talk at IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots (IROS) 2018, and the Robotics: Science and Systems 2021 Test of Time Award.

More info about my research is here.

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