A Research Platform for Singapore

Research Assistant / Master Student (Simulation-based Evaluation of a Novel Autonomous Public Transport System)

Department:Area-Interlinking Design Analysis
Posted Date:6 August 2019
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term

Project Title: Simulation-based Evaluation of a Novel Autonomous Public Transport System

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.

TUMCREATE is developing DART (Dynamic Autonomous Road Transit), a novel public transport system based on autonomous vehicles that operate in platoons.

This system is designed to shorten commute times and to increase the public transport share. DART modules are given right of way, with temporary dedicated lanes and priority at intersections. 

Objective & Tasks
This project requires programming, simulation, and data analysis skills. The goal of this project is to evaluate the potential of the DART system by means of simulation. In this C++-based project, the candidate is expected to implement DART functionality in our simulator CityMoS. With given demand, we want to evaluate the difference in travel times compared to the conventional bus system. The study will look at various parameters, such as travel times, waiting times, met and unmet demand, etc.

1. Literature review on existing public transport simulation models

2. Implementation and testing of DART operation in CityMoS

3. Study on metrics suitable for public transport evaluation

4. Carrying-out the simulation study

5. Results post-processing and analysis

6. Dissertation/paper writing

What we expect from you

Object-oriented programming concepts


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)


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