Singapore, 23 April 2021 – Huawei and TUM CREATE Ltd (TUMCREATE) are entering a new partnership to set up an innovation lab, the Mobility in Virtual Environments at Scale (MoVES) Lab, in Singapore to conduct cutting-edge research that will enhance transport system simulation, facilitating and improving urban planning in smart cities.
For simulations to support real-world deployments and decision making, a high level of realism needs to be exhibited from the simulator. Currently, one of the biggest challenges is that most mobility simulators are unable to replicate more complex and challenging situations, such as busy intersections in some parts of Asia and the rest of the world. The MoVES Lab aims to develop new simulation models that can accurately reflect such scenarios. These enhanced simulations can then be used as a base to support traffic flow planning and traffic light control, contributing to more efficient transportation solutions.
The joint innovation lab will further improve the scalability of mobility simulations using high performance computing techniques and leverage on the expertise and resources from both sides. Researchers and engineers will push boundaries to optimize performance on multi-core computers and even engage super computers to help solve traffic problems around the world and contribute to a more efficient operation of intelligent transport systems.
These efforts will be utilizing TUMCREATE’s City Mobility Simulator (CityMoS), which has been developed since 2011 in the research group led by TUM's Professor Alois Knoll. CityMoS is a high-performance mobility simulator that can simulate hundreds of thousands of entities (e.g., private vehicles, taxis, trains, public transport passengers) in parallel to offer a holistic evaluation approach for the transport systems of entire cities in great detail. The simulator can be used to predict traffic situations, support the building and configuration of transport infrastructure, and answer a wide range of what-if questions in the mobility domain.
Huawei, as a leading global tech company, will also be lending their expertise in the field of urban transportation with their vast experience with mobility projects internationally. The know-how from real world deployments will be a decisive contribution, making simulations more realistic and useful to support smart city transport systems.
The first phase of this collaboration will be for two years and will bring together researchers and engineers from Huawei and TUMCREATE. As CityMoS is developed in Singapore, most of the research activities will be conducted locally. The R&D activities are also expected to create more opportunities for locals in the area of modelling and simulation.
TUMCREATE’s Dr David Eckhoff, Director of MoVES Lab, said “We are looking forward to work with a strong partner like Huawei to take the leap from research to real-world deployment with our CityMoS simulation platform. This newly established joint lab is a great opportunity to bring our technology to the next level and expand the possibilities of transport simulation and modelling. We hope with Huawei’s global network, our work will be able to benefit more cities around the world in transport planning. I would also like to thank Professor Alois Knoll for his support in making this collaboration possible.”
Dr Götz Brasche, Huawei CTO Cloud BU Europe, Co-Director of MoVES Lab, said “The cooperation with the leading experts of TUMCREATE is an important milestone on the way to future smart mobility and transportation solutions. The joint lab is a reference example for close academic-industry cooperation and effective transfer of research results driven by academic flagship institutions to industry.”
TUMCREATE is a research platform for the improvement of Singapore’s public transportation, including the deployment of electric and autonomous mobility. Researchers from world-leading universities, Technical University Munich (TUM) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), joined forces and are funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation as part of the Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE).
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