A Research Platform for Singapore

Master Thesis / Internship (Designing Human-Machine Interaction for an Autonomous Future)

Department:Design for Autonomous Mobility
Posted Date:24 September 2018
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term (6 months)


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).

TUMCREATE is made up of over 100 scientists, researchers and engineers 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 by viewing our web pages at http://www.tum-create.edu.sg/ 


About This Position

Beyond the technical challenges, the deployment of autonomous and connected vehicles raises many questions related to society and human factors that the Design for Autonomous Mobility (DAM) team wants to analyse. A Virtual Companion, as part of the AV’s human-machine interface, is proposed as a solution for the absence of the human. Insights are needed into how people respond to virtual or robotic agents compared to human agents.


We are therefore looking for a highly motivated Master’s student to support the DAM team in investigating human-human and human-machine interaction and communication in the local context. This is a full-time position based in Singapore.


Objectives & Tasks

  • Investigate human-human vs. human-machine interaction and communication
  • Develop a research plan and objectives for a Master’s thesis pertaining to the above topic
  • Plan, conduct and analyse empirical studies with human subjects
  • Assist in the preparation and writing of research reports
  • Maintain project documentation, materials and records



  • Degree in Industrial Design, Interaction Design, UX Design or related field required
  • Experience with user research and statistical methods preferred
  • Organized, independent and reliable working attitude
  • Meticulous documentation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written fluency in English
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment


What We Offer

  • A great experience in one of the most dynamic megacities in Asia
  • Remuneration at competitive rates
  • A close network with both the industrial and academic research community
  • An international and multidisciplinary working environment



Penny Kong (penny.kong@tum-create.edu.sg

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted together with a motivation letter, a CV and a portfolio to Penny Kong (penny.kong@tum-create.edu.sg).


Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.