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Steffen Blume

PhD Researcher of Modelling Complex, Socio-Technical Infrastructure Systems

Steffen Blume is a doctoral researcher with the Future Resilient Systems programme at the Singapore-ETH Centre. He is part of the  ‘Modelling Complex Socio-Technical Infrastructure Systems’ research module, which aims to capture human behaviour, organisational dynamics, and the mechanics of engineered systems within a unified simulation environment. His research is conducted in collaboration with the Reliability and Risk Engineering Laboratory at ETH Zürich as well as the Strategic Engineering Laboratory at NUS.   

Steffen holds a M.A.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and received his B.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology. During his time as a research assistant at the University of Toronto, Steffen developed microsystem-level, lab-on-a-chip architectures that combine digital microfluidics and electrochemical analysis for disease biomarker detection and environmental monitoring applications. 

Steffen is also the co-chair of AsETH (Association of academic staff) at the Singapore-ETH Centre. In his free time, he enjoys sports or explores the cultures and nature in South-East Asia. Steffen plays the didgeridoo, other than that he does not boast any musical talent. 


Steffen’s research focuses on developing models and simulation environments as testbeds for future critical infrastructure systems. The aim is to investigate efficient algorithms and modelling techniques that can accurately represent real-world system behaviour under disruptions. In addition, the models are tailored into a framework of methodologies that enable planners and operators to create more resilient systems.

The stepped goals of this framework are to (1) assess the systems' fragility and exposure prior to any disruption; (2) analyse the system-wide effects of different disruption scenarios; and (3) develop strategic plans and immediate countermeasures that augment the recovery after disruptions.

Focusing on large-scale urban transport networks, his research involves the fields of complex systems, agent-based modelling, data analytics and statistical modelling, uncertainty analysis, stochastic simulation, and simulation-based design and optimisation.


Journal Articles

Steffen O.P. Blume, Ridha Ben-Mrad, Pierre E. Sullivan, Characterization of coplanar electrode structures for microfluidic-based impedance spectroscopy, Sensors and Actuators: B. Chemical , Volume 218, 31 October 2015, Pages 261-270. doi:10.1016/j.snb.2015.04.106

Steffen O.P. Blume, Ridha Ben-Mrad, Pierre E. Sullivan, Modelling the capacitance of multi-layer conductor-facing interdigitated electrode structures, Sensors and Actuators: B. Chemical, Volume 213, 5 July 2015, Pages 423-433. doi:10.1016/j.snb.2015.02.088

Conference Proceedings

Steffen O.P. Blume, Michael J. Schertzer, Ridha Ben-Mrad, and Pierre E. Sullivan. Analytical models to determine the electric field characteristics of a multi-electrode impedimetric immunosensor in a digital microfluidic device. In ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Paper no. IMECE2014-37571, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 2014. doi:10.1115/IMECE2014-37571

Awards and Fellowships

  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto Graduate Research Assistant Fellowship, 2012-2014
  • Best poster award for “Steffen O.P. Blume, Ridha Ben-Mrad, Pierre E. Sullivan, Analytical models to determine the electric field characteristics of an electrochemical sensor in a digital microfluidic device, Research Showcase, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, June 2014.”
  • Walther Blohm Stiftung, Germany, Fellowship for Young Generations in Aviation and Space Technologies, 2011
  • H.J. van der Maas Fund, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, 2011
  • International University Partnership Fund, Delft University of Technology, 2011
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