• The University of Western Australia (M701), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Adi Kurniawan is a research fellow with the Marine Energy Research Australia (MERA), The University of Western Australia (UWA). His research covers aspects of wave energy conversion, wave-structure interactions, and multi-objective optimisation. He has numerically modelled a variety of wave energy converters (WECs) and is deeply interested in how geometry and motion influence wave absorption. Adi obtained his PhD in Marine Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Before joining UWA, he worked at Aalborg University, Denmark, and the University of Plymouth, UK. Adi is the co-author of Ocean Waves and Oscillating Systems: Linear Interactions Including Wave-Energy Extraction (2nd edition). He is a member of the Standards Australia Committee EL-066 on Marine energy - Wave, tidal and other water current converters, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering. 

Roles and responsibilities

Adi is a research fellow with the Marine Energy Research Australia in the Great Southern Marine Research Facility (GSMRF) in Albany, where he conducts research and supervision on wave energy and related topics. He is part of the Oceans Graduate School, which conducts research across the fields of oceanography, hydrodynamics, offshore geotechnics, coastal engineering, marine geoscience, and ecology. 


Recent and ongoing research include

  1. Compressible and flexible wave energy devices
  2. Deterministic wave-by-wave prediction in unidirectional and multidirectional seas
  3. Simplified modelling of parametric resonance in wave energy converters
  4. Development of new metric for comparison of wave energy converters
  5. Multi-objective optimisation of arrays of wave energy converters
  6. Modelling and optimisation of articulated wave energy converters
  7. Characterisation of Albany wave climate using buoy data

Research interests

  • Wave-structure interactions
  • Wave energy conversion
  • Multi-objective optimisation

Teaching overview

OCEN4007 Renewable Ocean Energy - Wave energy

Previous positions

  • 2016 - 2019  Assistant professor, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • 2013 - 2016  Research fellow, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • 2006 - 2009  Research assistant, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 


English, Indonesian

Industrial relevance

I collaborate closely with industry partners through sponsored research projects. Past and ongoing projects have focused on wave energy device modeling and testing, including the prediction of power production.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Marine Technology, PhD, Modelling and geometry optimisation of wave energy converters, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Award Date: 23 Apr 2013

Civil and Environmental Engineering, MEng, Heave response of a floating vertical cylinder with built-in tuned mass damper, Nanyang Technological University


Award Date: 9 Feb 2007

Civil and Environmental Engineering, BEng, Vibration of pedestrian bridges, Nanyang Technological University


Award Date: 24 Jan 2004

Industry keywords

  • Energy
  • Oceans
  • Environmental

Research expertise keywords

  • Wave energy
  • Numerical modelling
  • Wave structure interactions
  • Offshore engineering
  • Optimisation
  • Renewable energy


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