A Research Platform for Singapore

Master Thesis / Internship (Impact of driving patterns and energy mix on environmental performance of alternative vehicles)

Department:Electrification Suite & Test Lab
Posted Date:17 December 2019
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term (6 months)

Project Title: Impact of driving patterns and energy mix on environmental performance of alternative vehicles

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. 


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 different fault scenarios in a CPS environment. Devices that measure physical parameters such as sensors are often subject to faults which are hard to detect. Additional hardware is needed to detect these faults. However, with an additional orthogonal measurement which provides the ground truth, the hardware overhead can be mitigated.

Objective and Tasks

The goal of this master thesis / internship is to evaluate the environmental performance of alternative vehicles for the different Southeast Asian countries and compare it with conventional vehicles for different vehicle types (viz. buses, cars, etc.) using well-to-wheel analysis. The main tasks are:

  • Developing a generic energy demand model for the various vehicle types which considers  parameters such as driving patterns, environmental conditions, etc., and quantify these parameters for all the Southeast Asian countries,
  • Evaluate the upstream emissions of fossil fuel (diesel and petrol), electricity, hydrogen and bio-fuel production in each country,
  • Evaluate the environmental performance of the alternatives for each country and vehicle type, identify patterns and draw conclusions.

What we expect from you

  • Good knowledge of vehicle energy demand modelling.
  • Basic knowledge in Life Cycle Assessment techniques and well to wheel analysis.
  • Good knowledge of MS Excel and MATLAB is necessary.
  • Knowledge of ecoinvent, SimaPro and fossil fuel vehicle emission models is advantageous.
  • 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 you

  • 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

Enquiries and How to Apply
Please send your complete application including cover letter, CV, university transcripts and degree certificates to srikkanth.rama@tum-create.edu.sg