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.