Photo Hanna Kurniawati

ANU and CS Futures Fellow / Associate Professor
School of Computing
Australian National University

Office: CSIT Building Room N325
Phone: +61 (02) 612 51577
E-mail: hanna.kurniawati@anu.edu.au

Mailing Address:
108 North Road (CSIT Building)
Research School of Computer Science
Australian National University
Acton, ACT, 2601, Australia

If you are interested to work with me on exciting research projects in decision making under uncertainty, motion planning, reinforcement learning, with applicaitons on robotics, please drop me an e-mail or stop by my office.

New (13/8/21): I currently have openings for 1 Research Fellow and 3 PhD positions on decision-making under uncertainty with robotics applications. Some of the positions are in collaboration with Safran, which provides full scholarship, funding top-ups, and research visit/internship opportunities at Safran. Please drop me an email if you are interested.

A little about me

I am an Associate Professor with ANU and CS Futures Fellowship at the Research School of Computer Science, Australian National Univeristy (ANU). I am a CI and exec of the major interdisciplinary research project: Humanising Machine Intelligence. I received a PhD in Computer Science for work in Robot Motion Planning from National University of Singapore, under the supervision of David Hsu, and received a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Indonesia. I was a faculty member at the School of ITEE, University of Queensland (UQ). Prior to UQ, I worked with Nicholas Patrikalakis as a Research Scientist at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, MIT.

My research focuses on algorithms to enable robust decision theory to become practical software tools, with applications in robotics and the assurance of autonomous systems. 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.

Along with colleagues and students, our work was nominated for the best paper award at IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2015 and won a best paper award at the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) 2015. I received a gold award for ICT researcher of the year 2015 from the Australian Computer Society and was a keynote speaker at IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots (IROS) 2018. Together with my collaborators, I recently received the Robotics: Science and Systems 2021 Test of Time Award.

I am actively involved in the robotics community, including as a Senior Editor for IEEE RA-L, General Chair for SIMPAR'18, and Program Co-Chair for ICRA'22.