A/PROF Denny Oetomo

A/PROF Denny Oetomo


  • Robotics
  • Robotics in Biomedical Applications



  • I am an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne. I am currently the deputy head (engagement) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and assistant dean (communications) of the Melbourne School of Engineering.
    For information on my work, please go here . I graduated B.Eng (hons 1) from the Australian National University in Nov 1997 and completed his PhD (Mechanical Engineering - Robotics) at the National University of Singapore (2004). I was a Research Fellow with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Monash University (2004-2006), a Post-doctoral Fellow in a European Union Project at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France (Nov 2006 - Jan 2008), and a fixed-term lecturer with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Monash University (2006-2007). I joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in Jan 2008.

    Main area of research is in robotics and its applications. In recent years, I have focused my research in the area of robotics in medical and clinical applications.
    I was the recipient of a recipient of the Cornelius Regan Trust Award in 2012 on effective large class learning program and the Norman Curry Award for Innovation and Excellence in Educational Programs in 2014 for innovation and excellence in the Formulae SAE program at the University of Melbourne   


Member of

  • IEEE. MIEEE 2005 - 2017


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Selected grant information:
    • D Oetomo, P Choong, Advanced Limb Reconstruction: Towards Functional Robotic Neuroprosthetic Strategies, Valma Angliss Trust, 2016-2018,
    • A Western, D Ryu, A Rajabifard, C Burvill, D Oetomo, C Manzie, S Fuentes, A Smith, I Rutherfurd, G Sheridan, D Kennedy, Melbourne Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Platform (MUASIP), University of Melbourne Research Infrastructure Strategy, 2016-2018.
    • R Begg, DJ Bishop, P Lee, D Oetomo, Efficacy of Assistive Technologies for Enhancing the Physical and Physiological Performance of the Dismounted Combatant, DSTG 2016-2017.
    • I Mareels, D Oetomo, C Freeman, What learning is there in learning control? ARC Discovery Project DP160104018, 2016-2018.
    • P. Valdastri (PI), D. Oetomo (Co-PI), Reducing the invasiveness of surgery by robotized magnetic surgical tools, VIO Category A grant, Vanderbilt University internal collaboration seed funding, 2014-2015, USD 8,500.
    • D. Oetomo, A. Kealy, WH Li, S. Winter, T. Drummond, I. Mareels, M. Cox, “Fork safely: improving safety of ordinary forklifts by automating task-specific operations” ARC Linkage Project LP130100113, 2013-2016.
    • Y. Tan, D. Oetomo, I. Mareels, C. Freeman, E. Burdet, “Learning control and computational models of human motor systems”, ARC Discovery DP130100849, 2013-2015.
    • D. Oetomo, I. Mareels, “Task-based automation of forklift vehicles”, Melbourne Collaborative Research Grant, University of Melbourne, 2012-2013.
    • G. Kennedy, R. Hall, K. Yukawa, S. O’Leary, D. Oetomo, E. Kazmierczak, “Training ENT registrars to become expert surgeons: the role of fidelity in surgical simulation” Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Project Grants, 2010-2012.
    • D. Oetomo, O. Khatib, P. Lee, M. Galea, “Robotic gait assistive strategy for people with paraplegia: Generating balanced and human-like gait on a bipedal system” ARC Discovery (DP1093476), 2010-2012.
    • D. Oetomo, G. Kennedy, E. Kazmierczak,


Education and training

  • PhD, National University of Singapore 2004
  • BEng (Hons), The Australian National University 1997

Awards and honors

  • Norman Curry Award, 2014
  • Cornelius Regan Trust Award to pursue a development activity in relation to their work, Cornelius Regan Trust Award, 2012



Available for supervision

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