Adi Kurniawan

Dr, PhD, MEng

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Adi Kurniawan grew up in a small town in East Java, Indonesia. At the age of 17, he received a scholarship to pursue an engineering degree in Singapore. Never had he imagined that this would lead him to a journey across different countries: Norway, UK, Denmark, and now Australia. Adi joined the newly established Wave Energy Research Centre at UWA Albany in September 2019 as a research fellow. His research covers aspects of wave-structure interactions, wave energy conversion, and multi-objective optimisation. He has numerically modelled various wave energy converters and is deeply interested in how geometry and motion influence wave absorption. He has recently co-authored a second edition textbook on wave energy with Professor Johannes Falnes, who is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of wave energy research.

Roles and responsibilities

I am a research fellow with the Wave Energy Research Centre in the Great Southern Marine Research Facility (GSMRF) in Albany, where I conduct research and supervision on wave energy. I am part of the Oceans Graduate School, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, where we conduct research across the fields of oceanography, hydrodynamics, offshore geotechnics, coastal engineering, marine geoscience, and ecology. 

Research interests

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


  • Numerical modelling of wave energy devices
  • Compressible wave energy devices
  • Wave prediction
  • Parametric resonance
  • Comparison of wave energy devices
  • Optimisation of arrays of wave energy devices

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

Teaching overview

OCEN4007 Renewable Ocean Energy - Wave energy

Education/Academic qualification

Marine Technology, PhD, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Award Date: 23 Apr 2013

Civil and Environmental Engineering, MEng, Nanyang Technological University


Award Date: 9 Feb 2007

Civil and Environmental Engineering, BEng, 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


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