A Research Platform for Singapore

Master Thesis / Internship (Time Synchronization in IoT/Sensor networks)

Department:Electrification Suite & Test Lab
Posted Date:2 April 2019
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term

Project Title: Time synchronisation of IoT devices


TUMCREATE is a research platform for the improvement of Singapore's public transportation, including the deployment of electric and autonomous mobility. Researchers from Technical University Munich and Nanyang Technological University join forces and are funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation as part of the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).

In TUMCREATE, over 100 scientists, researchers and engineers work together, led by Professors from the Technical University of Munich and Nanyang Technological University. The Mission of TUMCREATE is to seek the ultimate public transport system for the people of Singapore. Our innovative road transport solutions will provide high comfort and a positive travel experience, best protection of the environment and maximum benefit to the society and the economy.

More information about TUMCREATE can be found on our web pages at www.tum-create.edu.sg.

About this Position

The research group Electrification Suite & Test Lab (ESTL) in TUMCREATE puts an emphasis on the interaction of the electricity grid with advanced electrified public transport systems for Singapore. Ranging from charging infrastructure optimisation to demand side management and integration of renewable energies, ESTL covers many hierarchy levels of the electrification concept in the context of the major goals of TUMCREATE.

A research project has been established to study and implement various power efficient communication strategies in a network of IoT devices/sensor nodes. Modern IoT devices/sensors lose significant power in communication. For a battery-operated device, power efficiency is a serious requirement.  

The goal of this master thesis / internship is to develop a time synchronization mechanism to reduce communication and overall power consumption in a decentralized network of devices. The main tasks are:

  • explore various synchronization and scheduling strategies in literature to identify the state-of-the-art methods in this field.

  • Design and formulate a synchronization strategy with the goal of reducing device communication.

  • Deploy the algorithm on the hardware platform and extend it to a large-scale testbed to obtain results.


  • Good knowledge of Embedded devices and communication protocols.

  • Very good C/C++/Python skills

  • Knowledge on hardware deployment on a large scale IoT network.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills in both written and spoken English and ability to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures


What we offer

  • Financial support

  • Exposure to the state of the art research topics

  • An international and multidisciplinary working environment

  • Guidance by researchers from world-renowned universities

  • Opportunity for publishing in international journals and conferences

  • Multicultural and dynamic working atmosphere

Enquries and How To Apply
Please send your complete application including cover letter, CV, university transcripts and degree certificates to nitin.shivaraman@tum-create.edu.sg