Santhanakrishnan Narayanan

Santhanakrishnan Narayanan is a Research Associate and a PhD candidate at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

He studied Civil Engineering at SASTRA University in India. He, then, worked as a Graduate Engineer Trainee and then as Senior Engineer in Larsen & Toubro Construction, an Indian multinational conglomerate, where he was part of Chennai Metro project team. He completed M. Sc. in Transportation Systems at TUM.

He is currently represting TUM in the EU H2020 project MOMENTUM, handling both technical and administrative tasks. He is also associated with the IGSSE project MO3 and is a guest researcher in the group of Machine Learning for Smart Mobility (MLSM) at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) . In addition, he collaborates with DLR Institute of Transport Research to anayse data from Europe’s largest cargo cycle testing project Ich entlaste städte

He  majorly focusses on developing modelling frameworks for emerging transport modes, with an emphasis on using state-of-the-art data-driven methodologies and new data sources such as smart card and mobile phone data. His research spans across the fields of conventional & automated shared mobility services in passenger transport and cargo cycles in commercial transport.

A full list of journal publications can be found here

Methodological papers

  • Narayanan, S., & Antoniou, C. (2022). Expansion of a small-scale car-sharing service: A multi-method framework for demand characterisation and derivation of policy insights. Journal of Transport Geography, 104.
  • Narayanan, S., Chaniotakis, E., & Antoniou, C. (2022). Modelling reservation-based shared autonomous vehicle services: A dynamic user equilibrium approach.Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies,140.
  • Narayanan S., Salanova Grau, J. M., Frederix, R., Tympakianaki, A., & Antoniou, C. (2021). Modelling of shared mobility services - An approach in between traditional strategic models and agent-based models. In the 24th Euro Working Group on Transportation Meeting (EWGT 2021), September 2021 [Journal paper under review].

Applied Research

  • Narayanan S., Gruber, J., Liedtke, G., & Antoniou, C. (2022). Purchase intention and actual purchase of cargo cycles: Influencing factors and policy insights. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 155, 31-45.
  • Narayanan, S., Álvarez-Ossorio Martinez, & Antoniou, C. (2022). A multilevel analysis on what is common (and not) across the cities when it comes to private car-ownership: Behavioural, policy and modelling insights. Under review. URL:
  • Narayanan, S., & Antoniou, C. (2022). Shared mobility services towards Mobility as a Service (MaaS): What, who and when? Under review. URL:

Review works

  • Narayanan, S., & Antoniou, C. (2022). Electric cargo cycles - A comprehensive review. Transport Policy, 116, 278-303.
  • Narayanan, S., Chaniotakis, E., & Antoniou, C. (2020). Shared autonomous vehicle services: A comprehensive review. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 111, 255-293.
  • Narayanan S., Chaniotakis E., & Antoniou, C. (2020). Factors affecting traffic flow efficiency implications of connected and autonomous vehicles: A review and policy recommendations. Advances in Transport Policy and Planning.


Sep 2019 - Today  Research Associate 
Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich Germany
Mar 2018 - May 2018 Research Intern
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Berlin, Germany
Jul 2015 - Jan 2016

Senior Engineer

Larsen & Toubro Construction (L&T), Chennai, India

Jul 2014 - Jun 2015

Graduate Engineering Trainee (GET)

Larsen & Toubro Construction (L&T), Chennai, India

Dec 2013 - Feb 2014

Research Intern

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai, India

Dec 2012

Design Intern

CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation, Bangalore, India

Oct 2019 - Today Ph.D. Candidate
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Subject: Modeling of emerging modes of transport
Oct 2016 - Jul 2019 Master of Science in Transportation Systems
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Thesis: Review and modelling of shared autonomous vehicle services (Grade: 1)
Jun 2010 - Jun 2014

Bachelor of Technology in Civil engineering
SASTRA University, India

Thesis: Analysis of susceptibility to suffusion (Grade: 10)

Jul 2019 Overall topper among students graduated in M. Sc. Transportation Systems between 2017 – 2019
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Jul 2019 Finalist (top ten teams)
Mobility Innovation Competition @ Campus (MICC) 2019, Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern
Jan 2019 2019 Urban Freight Transportation Committee Award for Best Research Paper
TRB Urban Freight Transportation Committee (AT025)
Jul 2017 First prize for the idea Smart Camera for Assisting Visually Impaired (SCAVI)
mobil.TUM 2017 international student contest, TUM
Sep 2015 Second prize in training program on Railway & Metro Construction
Competency Development Centre, Larsen & Toubro Construction (L&T)
Jun 2011 - Jun 2014 Recipient of dean’s merit scholarship for three consecutive years during bachelor’s studies for academic excellence
SASTRA University, India
Nov 2013 University topper in Construction Management
SASTRA University, India
Mar 2013 First prize for the paper Soil Stabilization using Cow Dung & saw dust
COGNIZANCE’13, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
Mar 2013 Second prize for the paper Soil Stabilization using Cow Dung 
PRAGYAN’13, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India
Feb 2012 First prize for the paper Town Planning - A Chronological Review 
PRAGYAN’12, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India
Sep 2011 First prize for the paper Usage of JavaScript designed Mobile apps in the field of Civil Engineering
TECUTHSAV’11, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, India