A Research Platform for Singapore

Research Assistant / Master Student (Simulation-assisted Evaluation of Virtual Right of Way Concept for Autonomous Vehicles)

Department:Area-Interlinking Design Analysis
Posted Date:24 July 2019
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term

Project Title: Simulation-assisted Evaluation of Virtual Right of Way Concept for Autonomous 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. 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.

Interest in autonomous vehicles is rapidly growing in the past few years due to the big benefits they can potentially bring to the transportation sector in terms of travel time reduction, fuel consumption, accident prevention etc. Those potential improvements are, however, maximized in purely autonomous environments. In reality, the transition from human-driven to autonomous vehicles will not be instantaneous. There will be a period when the transportation systems will have both human-driven and autonomous vehicles sharing the roads. In order to both keep the capacity of the transport system intact and “isolate” AVs in order to ensure their smooth operation, we would like to exploit the virtual right of way concept, where a lane of the road is smartly shared between AVs and humans with AVs having priority.

Objective and Tasks
The goal of this project is to evaluate the potential of the virtual right of way concept in a microscopic agent-based simulation environment. The student would be required to 1) build on top of our existing mixed traffic simulator by modelling and implementation of right of way behaviour for vehicles, and 2) carrying out experiments estimating the performance of the traffic system. Completing the project would require the following steps:

1. Literature review on existing right of way simulation models
2. Design of virtual right of way models for human drivers
3. Model implementation into our simulation environment and testing
4. Experiment set up and traffic performance metrics definition
5. Results post-processing and analysis
6. Dissertation/paper writing

What we expect from you

  • Object-oriented programming concepts

  • C++

  • Statistical Modelling

  • Basic understanding of discrete event simulations

What we offer you

  • An international and multidisciplinary working environment

  • Opportunity to work on a project with real-life relevance

  • Work with researches from world-renowned Universities
    (TU Munich and NTU Singapore)

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