Research Project 5 (RP 5) is one of ten research projects - or more accurately thematic areas - at TUM CREATE in Singapore. TUM CREATE is a research programme funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in Singapore. The scope of this research programme includes a variety of topics related to electro-mobility (e.g. battery technologies, vehicle design and engineering, infrastructure planning). In this context, RP 5 is specifically concerned with Modelling and Optimisation of Architecture and Infrastructure and consists currently of three groups: the Urban Simulation Group, the Cognitive Systems Group, and the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Group. TUM CREATE RP 5 is organised as follows:
The Urban Simulations Group is concerned with the analysis of the potential impact of electromobility on urban infrastructure and the environment from a complex systems perspective by means of modelling and simulation. The research deals with answering the question of what will happen if we replace hundreds of thousands conventional vehicles with electric vehicles in a city such as Singapore. The Scalable city-scale Simulation platform developed by the Urban Simulation Group is not just limited to electro-mobility simulation, however. The modular and distributed nature of the platform makes it an ideal platform for answering and exploring several other aspects future mobility as well.
Intelligent Transporation Systems (ITS) will inevitably form a key part of future mobility. These systems, without embodying intelligence as such, aim to provide innovative services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management and enable various users to be better informed and make safer, more coordinated, and 'smarter' use of transport networks. Development of ITS systems require the work done in the Urban Simulations Group for exploring various design considerations and answering fundamental questions concerning the development of different components. It also requires the development of the next generation of intelligent systems that communicate and serve the needs of its users most effectively.
Through the development of the next generation service robotics, The Cognitive Systems Group, explores the various components that would be necessary to make future intelligent systems possible. Intelligent communication with human beings, processing of information perceived through different types of sensors through the use of knowledge representation and logical reasoning based on this representation of knowledge are some of the problems being explored by this group.
Prof. Alois Knoll received a Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.) degree in electrical/communications engineering from the Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, in 1985 and the Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) in computer science from the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin, Berlin, Germany, in 1988.
Dr. Wentong Cai is a professor in the School of Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also the Director of the Parallel and Distributed Computing Centre (PDCC). His expertise is mainly in the areas of Modeling and Simulation (particularly, modeling and simulation of large-scale complex systems, and system support for distributed simulation and virtual environments) and Parallel and Distributed Computing (particularly, Cloud, Grid and Cluster computing).
Suraj received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering with distinction from University of Pune, India in 2004. Thereafter, he obtained a master’s degree in 2007 from JTH Sweden and Philips Research Laboratories, The Netherlands. During his master thesis, he worked with renowned scientist Prof. Dr. Gerard De Haan at Philips Research. He further went on to acquire a Ph.D. (magna cum laude) in robotics from the Technische Universität München, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alois Knoll. His Ph.D. thesis was focused in the area of computer vision applied to real world robotic systems. During his research career, he has been involved in numerous research projects most of which were industry driven. He has also been active in the area of medical robotics and was one of the founding members of the iRAMIS project. Currently, he is a Research Fellow jointly at TUM Create, Singapore and the department of Robotics and Embedded Systems, TUM, Germany. He has been involved in the high profile European project SMErobotics. His primary research interests are computer vision, artificial intelligence and robotics
Jordan Ivanchev obtained his M.Sc. degree from the University College in London (UCL) in Electrical Engineering and Communications and his B.Sc from the Jacobs University Bremen (JUB) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Since January 2011 he held a position as a Research Associate in the MINDS machine learning group at JUB, working on hierarchical architectures for motion control based on recurrent neural networks. He joined TUM CREATE in June 2013 to work on traffic modelling and optimisation at the ”Modelling and Optimization of Architectures and Infrastructure” group. His research interests include: automated agent-based simulation calibration, optimal sensor placement problems, social optimal routing strategies, traffic modelling, sensing and control.
Sorina Litescu received her Diploma in Computer Science and Engineering from the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest and her M.Sc. degree from the Faculty of Economic Cybernetics, Statistics and Informatics at the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest. Since February 2013 she has joined TUM CREATE, a joint research programme by Technische Universität München (TUM ) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), based in Singapore. She is part of the research project "Modelling and Optimization for Architectures and Infrastructure". With the current research she uses complexity concepts to investigate urban environments with the application in transportation systems. Her topic deals with Information Dynamics and Performance Analysis in Human Complex Networks. Before TUM CREATE she was as a researcher at ETH Zurich and Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore where she was part of a multidisciplinary team dealing with urban related topics.
Yadong Xu has graduated from the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in 2011, with the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) with first-class honours. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Computer Engineering, NTU. He is currently working on the parallel simulation engine of SEMSim Traffic in TUM CREATE RP 5. His research interests are parallel and distributed computing, and agent-based modelling and simulation.
Dominik Pelzer received his postgraduate degree (Diplom-Physiker) in physics and economics from Heidelberg University, Germany. He is currently working as a Research Associate at TUM CREATE, Singapore. Prior to this, he was employed as a Research Assistant at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, Germany. His research areas include optimization of energy systems and urban transportation infrastructures.
Abhinav Sunderrajan works as a research associate for the "Modelling and Optimisation of Architectures and Infrastructure" group at TUM CREATE. He obtained his bachelors in Electronics and Communication engineering from VTU, India in 2009 and Masters in Computing from NUS, Singapore in 2013. His current research interests lie in dynamic data driven applications, symbiotic simulation and agent based models for complex systems.
Ran Bi received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Since 2013, he joined TUM CREATE as a research associate and investigates in a serious games based approach for behaviour modelling in the context of electro-mobility.
Daniel Zehe received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Computer Systems in Engineering from Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He is currently working as a Research Associate at TUM CREATE, Singapore and pursues his Ph.D. at Technische Universität München. Before starting at TUM CREATE in 2012, he worked at BMW Research and Technology. His fields of research include multi-resolution modeling for traffic systems as well as cloud computing applications for large agent-based simulation.
Michael Wagner studied Computer Science at the University of Rostock and received his B.Sc. degree in September 2012. The topic of his thesis was the development of "Evolutionary Methods for Selecting Herbicide Combinations in CeBrUs" in cooperation with the Department for Crop. Health. In October 2012 he started work at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on a project concerned with multi-agent based crowd simulation and evolutionary optimization. After his appointment at NTU in February 2014 he joined TUM CREATE. His interests include evolutionary optimization, agent-based systems and modelling & simulation.
Eloy Retamino is currently pursuing a PhD in Robotics at the Technological University of Catalunya. At TUM-CREATE he will participate in the development of knowledge-based models for endowing service robots with planning and other reasoning capabilities. His research in the PhD is focused on qualitative spatial reasoning, particularly on grounding qualitative spatial symbols in a geometric representation of the environment.
Michael Popow works as Software Developer for the "Modelling and Optimisation of Architectures and Infrastructure" group at TUM CREATE. He received his B.Eng. degree in Software Engineering from the University of Esslingen in Germany. Right after finishing his studies he joined TUM CREATE. Currently he is working on a simulation demonstrator app for iOS and the development of a Cloud Backend Service for the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) lab.
Jiajian Xiao received a B.Eng. degree in computer science from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China in 2011 and a M.Sc. degree in informatics from Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany in 2013. He is currently a software developer at TUM CREATE, Singapore and pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Technische Universität München. His research interests include interactive high performance computer simulation and simulation-based optimization.
Arjun studied Mechanical Engineering in Nanyang Technological University and graduated in 2013 with a specialisation in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. For his Bachelor Thesis, he worked on GlobalDrive 2012/13 where he and his team designed and built a 4 wheel steered, wirelessly driven electric car.
After graduation Arjun worked as a Mechanical Engineer in Keppel shipyard for 2 years before joining TUM CREATE in Sept, 2015. Currently he is working on a robotics project with CAAS as part of the Aviation Challenge 2. His primary area of work is the design, construction & testing of mechatronics components, and end effector for manipulating cargo.
Yaadhav Raaj works as Software Developer for the Cognitive Systems Group at TUM CREATE. He received his B.Eng. degree in Computer Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) with a specialization in Vision and Robotics. Right after finishing his studies he joined TUM CREATE. Currently he is working on the vision and sensing components of Changi Project.
Caixia Cai received her Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering and her Master degree in Informatics from China Agricultural University, in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Since December 2010 she has started her Ph.D. in robotics at Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alois Knoll. She joined TUM CREATE in March 2016. Currently, she is working on a robotics project with CAAS as part of the Aviation Challenge 2. Her research interests include Visual Servoing, Human-Robot Interaction, Robotic Grasping and Manipulation and Learning for Robotics.
Nikhil Somani completed his master's degree in Computer Science from Technische Universität München (TUM) in 2013. He is currently serving as a Robotic R&D Engineer at TUM CREATE, Singapore. He has also served as a staff researcher at TUM's affiliated research and transfer institute, fortiss GmbH. His research interests include cognitive robotics, robot control, computer vision and human-robot interaction.