Theses, dissertations, and capstone projects

If you are a motivated and talented graduate student, it is possible to conduct your thesis with us. Each year, we offer supervision and guidance to a few students interested in pursuing projects related to urban data science, GIScience, and 3D city modelling.

Some student projects in the past were accepted for academic conference or even published in leading journals. Conducting such a project enables the learning of new skills (e.g. tool or programming language), mastering a new multidisciplinary topic, working on a exciting real-world problem, and the possibility of making a real impact. In principle, most topics require at least a basic level of programming and/or data science, and managing geospatial data.

A thesis can be a great way to gauge your interest in an academic career and boost your applications for PhD programmes.

While the exact topic is shaped based on the interests, learning goals, and skills of the candidate, it would be beneficial if you could come up with a general topic on your own or at least some overall directions. Feel free to check out past student projects below, and please get in touch if you are interested in working with us.

Completed theses / graduation projects

3D building reconstruction using deep learning methods

Pang Hui En
MSc in Applied GIS (NUS, 2021)
Exploiting real estate data for the enrichment of spatial data infrastructure

Chen Xinyu
MSc in Applied GIS (NUS, 2021)
Usability of Street View Imagery in Assessing Bikeability

Koichi Ito
Master in Urban Planning (NUS, 2021)
Classification of Urban Morphology with Deep Learning: A Case Study of its Application on Urban Vitality Prediction

Chen Wangyang
Master in Urban Planning (NUS, 2021)
Using 3D city models to uncover urban farming potential in public housing blocks of Singapore

Ankit Palliwal
MSc in Applied GIS (NUS, 2020)

This research has also been published as a paper.
Enhanced population estimation beyond counts: exploring age patterns

Noée Szarka
MSc GIS (University of Edinburgh, 2020)

The thesis is available here. The code is open-sourced here.
Assessing the quality of OpenStreetMap building data in Singapore

Ethan Chen Wai Hoong
MSc in Applied GIS (NUS, 2020)

The thesis is available here.
Height Inference for all US Building Footprints in the Absence of Height Data

Imke Lánský
MSc in Geomatics (TU Delft, 2020)

The thesis is available here. The code is open-sourced here.
The effect of real void decks in Singapore ventilation

Aviva Opsomer
MSc in Building Technology (TU Delft, 2020)

The thesis is available here.
The Implementation of Big Data Analysis in Regulating Online Short-Term Rental Business: A case of Airbnb in Beijing

Li Jialin
Master of Urban Planning (NUS, 2019)

This research has also been published as a paper.

Ongoing projects

Taking Urban Farming to New Heights: Integrated Rooftop Farming Systems in Singapore

Shaila Narendran
MSc in Urban Science, Policy and Planning (Singapore University of Technology and Design), started in 2021

Potential topics

You may approach us to discuss potential topics for research. The topics will depend on many factors, such as our ongoing research projects (in which we might be able to accommodate a student project), latest publications (which we may want to extend), and the background/interests/study programme/learning goals of the student.