A Research Platform for Singapore

Masters/Semester Thesis/Internship (Develop a Customer-Centric Approach to Derive Autonomous Electric Vehicle Concepts for Public Transportation)

Department: Individual Mobility Vehicles and Services
Posted Date:16 May 2019
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term

Project Title: Develop a Customer-Centric Approach to Derive Autonomous Electric Vehicle Concepts for Public Transportation


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.


In TUM CREATE Phase II, the IMVS team focuses, from vehicle to component level, on the development of concepts and technologies for a new electrified and autonomous minibus for the megacity Singapore. The vehicle will be operated in a new public transportation system, with adapted infrastructure and dynamic routing.

Objective & tasks

The major task of the six months research is within the area of vehicle concept and package development. The work involves investigation and implementation of a value/Kano model of the stakeholders’ requirements to develop electric and autonomous vehicle concepts for public transportation. The major task is to identify, group and weigh the requirements of the stakeholders’ to define properties that influence the purchasing decision of the concept. Subsequently the dependencies of the vehicle systems on the stakeholders requirements should be investigated using methods such as design structure matrix (DSM) to identify the components and systems that are of higher importance. The developed model will be used as an input to a packaging and optimisation tool to explore and permit the search for better concepts within the solution space. A case study will be conducted on routes with different requirements and passenger demand to evaluate the developed model and to compare the differences in the choice of vehicle concept. Furthermore, the following tasks are expected:

  • Analyse the operational and user requirements of urban transit vehicles

  • Conduct passenger satisfaction, operator and expert surveys

  • Identification of the decision variables for the optimisation algorithm

  • Implementation of the value model in optimisation process using MATLAB

  • Investigating the influence of different routes on the optimal vehicle concept

  • Writing of technical reports

What we expect from you

  • Student in the fields of Mechanical/Automotive/ Transport Engineering

  • Good knowledge about vehicle concepts and packaging

  • Good working knowledge with MATLAB and object-oriented programming

  • Excellent analytical and presentation skills

  • Excellent oral and written English

What we offer you

  • Innovative and interdisciplinary research environment

  • Supervision from experienced automotive engineers

  • Dynamic, young and self-defined work environment

Enquiries and How To Apply

Please send your complete application including cover letter, CV, university transcripts and degree certificates to Aditya Pathak (aditya.pathak@tum-create.edu.sg) and Ganesh Sethuraman (ganesh.sethuraman@tum-create.edu.sg).