PROF Adrian Pearce

PROF Adrian Pearce


  • Automated Planning & Scheduling
  • Optimisation in multi-agent systems and supply chains
  • Reasoning about Action and Epistemic Reasoning



  • Adrian Pearce is a researcher and innovator in planning and scheduling. His research has improved the efficiency and robustness of a range of applications including production scheduling for mining, supply chain optimization, robotics, logistics and air traffic management. He has contributed deeply in research on reasoning about actions within the field of artificial intelligence. In conjunction with colleagues in the Melbourne School of Engineering and Optimisation Group, he has made fundamental breakthroughs in the ability to perform collaborative planning and scheduling. His research tackles optimization problems, including more efficient and productive supply chain management for agile mine scheduling and cognitive robotics applications in defence. He is presently the Director of the Defence Science Institute.



Member of

  • American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Member 1997 -
  • Australian Computer Society. MACS PCP 1997 -
  • American Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Member 1996 -
  • IEEE Computer Society. Member 1991 -
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Member 1991 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2012: Air Services Australia & Thales, 'Software verification for air traffic management', $95K

    2012: DSTO, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaisance Division, 'Geospatial Intelligence', $100K

    2011-2013: A. Pearce and P. Stuckey, 'Making the Pilbara Blend: Agile mine scheduling through contingent planning', Linkage Grant, Australian Research Council (ARC), (ARC: $600,000; Rio Tinto: $762,732), Total $1.36M

    2011: A. Pearce, ARC Melbourne Research Grant support scheme, The University of Melbourne, $15K

    2003: Chief Investigator, ARC-CRC program funding, Smart Internet (SIT-CRC), “Methodology for multi-agent applications”

    2002: Chief Investigator, DSTO Enabling research contract, "Agents as representation for the description, operationalisation of socio-technical systems", Air Operations Division (AOD), Melbourne

    2001-2003: Chief Investigator, ARC-Linkage (SPIRT), "Enabling intelligent agent behaviour in command support with Role-graphs" Industry partner: ADI Limited (now Thales Australia)

    2001-2002: Chief Investigator, DSTO Enabling research contract, "Situation description language and processor", Maritime Operations Division (MOD), Perth



Education and training

  • PhD, Curtin University of Technology 1997
  • BSc (Hons, First Class), University of Melbourne 1991

Awards and honors

  • Excellence in Research Leadership Award, The University of Melbourne, The University of Melbourne, 2017
  • Sequencing Operator Counts, Sister Conference Best Paper, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-16), 2016
  • Future Academic Leaders Program, The University of Melbourne, 2015
  • Sequencing Operator Counts, Outstanding (Best) Paper Award, International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2015), 2015
  • Department of Computing and Information Systems, Excellence in Research Leadership Award, The University of Melbourne, 2015
  • Visiting Research Fellowship Award, The University of Rome, `La Sapienza', 2009
  • PhD student Ryan Kelly nominated for Universities Chancellor's Award & Australasian Distinguished Dissertation Award (CORE), The University of Melbourne, 2008
  • Best Program Committee Member Award, International Conference of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, 2008
  • Teaching Commendation, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, The Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, 2007
  • Team advisor for agent programming for ROBOCUP Soccer entry, winning fourth place in small-sized (F180) robot league at Fukuoka, Japan, The Robocup Federation, 2002
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, 2000
  • Graduate Scholarship, Australian Postgraduate Research Award (APA), 1992



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • PhD applicants are invited to apply, I presently have a range of exciting research opportunities for graduates to do their thesis in the area of optimisation and autonomy including automated planning and scheduling, artificial intelligence and intelligent agents - funded by APA, APAI, Melbourne University scholarships, Defence Science Institute (DSI) and Data61 full and top-up scholarships, please contact me if your are interested in applying.