Dr. Xinming Li joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2018. Her research seeks improvements in industrialized construction by evaluating ergonomic risks and investigating corresponding corrective measures to secure the health and safety of workers and enhance workplace productivity.
Her areas of focus include physical demand analysis, human body physiological measurement, ergonomic risk assessment based on 3D visualization modelling of operational tasks, and lean manufacturing in industrialized construction. She has been developing a comprehensive post-3D visualization “ErgoSystem” that automates ergonomic risk assessment based on 3D modelling with the support of a user-friendly platform for rapid workplace design. Her research targets improved work performance and workplace design, ensuring a healthy working environment. The outcomes of her research help industry collaborators to reduce workplace injuries and claims, develop robust return-to-work programs, reduce workers’ compensation premiums, and improve productivity.
Dr. Li’s other research interests include sustainable building systems, renewable energy sources, and smart system control. In previous research she developed post-design heating system control to increase the efficiency and minimize the operational cost of a residential space heating system integrating renewable energy sources.
Throughout her research activities, she has worked closely with industry, and her work has yielded results which have benefited construction manufacturing and building management enterprises in tangible ways. As a result, she has not only developed academic contributions, but also has provided recommendations that have helped to improve the competitive edge of industry collaborators.
Papers published in conference proceedings:
- Li, X., Han, S., Gül, M., and Al-Hussein, M. (2019). “Automated post-3D visualization ergonomic analysis system for rapid workplace design in construction manufacturing.” Automation in Construction, 98, 160-174.
- Li, X., Han, S., Gül, M., Al-Hussein, M. and El-Rich, M. (2018). “3D Visualization-Based Ergonomic Risk Assessment and Work Modification Framework and Its Validation for a Lifting Task.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 144(1): 04017093.
- Li, X., Komeili, A., Gül, M., and El-Rich, M. (2017). “A framework for evaluating muscle activity during repetitive manual material handling in construction manufacturing.” Automation in Construction, 79, pp. 39–48.
- Li, X., Gül, M., and Al-Hussein, M. (2015). “Post-design system control for integrated space heating systems in residential buildings in cold regions.”Building and Environment, 94(1), 313-324.
- Li, X., Gül, M., Sharmin, T., Nikolaidis, I., and Al-Hussein, M. (2014). “A framework to monitor the integrated multi-source space heating systems to improve the design of the control system.” Energy and Buildings, 72, 398-410.
- Sharmin, T., Gul, M.,Li, X., Ganev, V., Nikolaidis, I., Al-Hussein, M. (2014). “Monitoring building energy consumption, thermal performance, and indoor air quality in a cold climate region.”Sustainable Cities and Society, 13, 57-68.
- Chen, Y., Li, X., Dias Ferreira, R.C., Gul, M., Nikolaidis, I. and Ardakanian, O. (Submitted). “Evaluating and Improving the Energy Performance of School Buildings with a Real-Time Monitoring System.” 6th IEEE
Conference on Technologies for Sustainability, Long Beach, California, USA, November 11-13, 2018.
- Barkokebas, B., Ritter, C., Li, X., and Al-Hussein, M. (2017). “Productive Model for Siding Practice in Panelized Construction.” Proceedings, 2018 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit @ World of
Modular, Hollywood, FL, USA, March 22-25, 2018.
- Li, X., Han, S., Gül, M., and Al-Hussein, M. (2017). Best Paper Award. “Automated ergonomic risk assessment based on 3D visualization.” Proceedings, 34th International Symposium on Automation and
Robotics in Construction, Taibei, Taiwan, June 28-July 1, 2017.
- Li, X., Han, S., Gül, M., and Al-Hussein, M. (2016). “3D motion-based ergonomic and body posture analysis in construction.”Proceedings, Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit, Edmonton, AB,
Canada, Sep. 29-Oct. 1, pp. 215-223.
- Ritter, C., Li, X., and Al-Hussein, M. (2016).“Production monitoring and process improvement for floor panel manufacturing”Proceedings, Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit, Edmonton, AB,Canada, Sep. 29-Oct. 1, pp. 75-82.
- Komeili, A., X. Li, Gül, M., Lewicke, J., and El-Rich, M. (2015). “An evaluation method of assessing the low back muscle fatigue in manual material handling.” Proceedings, Modular and Offsite Construction
Summit, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 19-21.
- Li, X., Fan, G., Abudan, A., Sukkarieh, M., Inyang, N., Gül, M., El-Rich, M., Al-Hussein, M. (2015). “Ergonomics and physical demand construction manufacturing facility analysis.” Proceedings, 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 8-10.
- Li, X., Sharmin, T., Gökçe, H. U., Gül, M., Al-Hussein, M., and Morrow, D. (2012). “An integrated monitoring framework for geothermal heating systems.” Proceedings, 11th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Sep. 2-5.
- Sharmin, T., Li, X., Gökçe, H. U., Al-Hussein, M., and Gül, M. (2012). “Monitoring building energy performance under occupancy.” Proceedings, 11th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Sep. 2-5.
- Li, X., Sharmin, T., Gökçe, H.U., Gül, M., Al-Hussein, M., and Morrow, D. (2014). “An integrated monitoring framework for geothermal space-heating systems in residential buildings, Fort McMurray.” In Progress in Sustainable Energy Technologies: Generating Renewable Energy, Dincer, I., Midilli, A., and Kucuk, H. (Eds.), Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 535-549.