Internship | Comparison of assignment methods for Demand-Responsive Transit(DRT)


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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The Sustainable Urban Mobility and Safety (SUMS) department investigates the impact of mobility on our society. Our work and expertise cover both the technical domain, e.g. how existing traffic models can be adapted to account for new transport modes, as well as the policy domain, e.g. what governments should expect as a result of the rise of automated vehicles on the road. SUMS consists of around 40 researchers, consultants and software developers, all with a passion for mobility and an interest in improving societal well-being. Their diverse backgrounds and expertise create a multi-disciplinary atmosphere, where you can learn and develop yourself in a broad range of directions.

What will be your role?

Demand-responsive transit (e.g., taxi’s and ride sharing) is becoming more important in urban areas. Municipalities and other stakeholders have an increasing number of questions about the effects of such services on traffic, environmental aspects such as air quality, and social inclusion. TNO develops visual decision support in collaboration with partners, which enables stakeholders to study the effects of interventions on various KPIs.
In this internship/ graduation assignment, you will extend our line of work on DRT by studying several assignment algorithms in literature. This involves:
  • Creating an overview of several algorithms that are suitable for the problem.
  • Evaluating these algorithms on simple benchmarks (in Python).
  • Defining KPIs which are used in the evaluation. This will be in consultation with our mobility experts.
  • Reporting on the findings from the study, such that insights can be integrated in the tooling that TNO develops.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

  • A Master student in the last phase of their study in the field of Civil Engineering, Transport;
  • Engineering, Econometrics, Mathematics or Computer Sciences;
  • Initial experience with Python is required;
  • Interest and experience in optimization problems and algorithms connected to urban mobility is a plus;
  • The ability and motivation to learn quickly;
  • An interest in doing research at a large, multi-disciplinary organization;
  • The ability to work independently;
  • A minimum availability of 6 months.
TNO experts will provide supervision during the internship, and, if applicable, will be involved in the graduation as an external committee member. Our office is located in The Hague, but given the current circumstances we expect that the majority of the work will be remote. Depending on the preferences of the candidate the assignment can be adjusted.

What you’ll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

Contact: Eleni Charoniti
Phone number: +31621668037

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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