Hanna Kurniawati


School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
University of Queensland

Research Affiliate

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contact Information:

Office: Building 78, Room 530
Phone: +61-7-336-52936
Fax: +61-7-3365-4999

Mailing Address:

Building 78 (GP-South)
School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
The University of Queensland (St. Lucia Campus)
Brisbane, QLD, 4072, Australia

My research focuses on algorithms to enable decision theory become practical software tools in robotics. Such 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 the tasks we want them to do, despite various modelling errors and uncertainty in the system and its operating environment.

My current research interest includes robotics, motion planning, planning under uncertainty, computational geometry applications, machine learning, and randomized algorithm. I am currently looking for undergraduate, Master, and Ph.D. students to work with me on exciting research projects on planning under uncertainty. Please drop me an e-mail or stop by my office if you are interested.

Before joining UQ, I worked with Nicholas M. Patrikalakis as a Research Scientist at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, MIT. I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from National University of Singapore, under the supervision of David Hsu. Prior to graduate studies, I studied at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of Indonesia.


  • 15 February 2016: I receive a UQ Early Career Researcher award.
  • 18 November 2015: I receive Gold Award for ICT Researcher of the year from the Australian Computing Society (ACS) – ACS Digital Disruptors Awards.
  • 14 October 2015: I am featured in this year's ”25 women in robotics you need to know about”, in celebration of Ada Lovelace day.
  • 13 April 2015: My paper with Konstantin Seiler and Surya Singh (An Online and Approximate Solver for POMDPs with Continuous Action Space) is a finalist for best paper award at ICRA 2015.
  • 17 March 2015: My student, Haibo Wang, wins ICAPS 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award for the paper “In-silico Behavior Discovery System: An Application of Planning in Ethology” by H. Wang, H. Kurniawati, S. Singh, and M. Srinivasan.
  • 10 March 2015: I'm selected as a 2014 IEEE Trans. on Robotics Outstanding Reviewer.
  • 3 November 2014: TAPIR wins Best Open Source Software at UQ Innovation Showcase 2014.