Regina Dias Barkokebas

Research Interests

Regina graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, in 2013, and completed her MSc in construction engineering and management under Dr. Al-Hussein's supervision in December, 2016. Her research interests include physical demand analysis, ergonomics, ergonomic risk assessment, and virtual reality applied to operational tasks in industrialized construction, as well as energy-efficiency and high performance buildings. Her MSc studies involved research in collaboration with the Product Development department at Civeo, a modular manufacturer with operations in Edmonton, as well as research with Landmark, a major Edmonton-based home builder using a panelized building approach. Regina's MSc thesis research explored the impact of building codes on energy performance and construction cost for new housing by developing a methodology to identify least-construction-cost approaches to achieve higher energy-efficiency requirements of building codes. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree focusing on ergonomic analysis and virtual reality (VR) applications for industrialized construction under the supervision of Dr. Al-Hussein and Dr. Xinming Li.


  • Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management (2017), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism (2013), Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, Brazil.


Journal papers

  • Dias Barkokebas, R.C., Chen, Y., Yu, H., and Al-Hussein, M. (2019). "Achieving housing energy-efficiency requirements: Methodologies and impacts on housing construction cost and energy performance." Journal of Building Engineering, 26, 16 pages,
  • Hesaraki, B., Chen, Y., Dias Ferreira, R., and Al-Hussein, M. (2019). "Energy code compliant house design for lowest lifecycle cost based on market-available technologies." Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 46, 308–321.

Conference papers

  • Dias Barkokebas, R., Ritter, C., Li, X., and Al-Hussein, M. "Application of virtual reality to perform ergonomic risk assessment in industrialized construction: Experiment design." Accepted (Sep., 2019) for publication in Proceedings, Construction Research Congress, Tempe, AZ, USA, Mar. 8–10.
  • Ritter, C., Dias Barkokebas, R., Li, X., and Al-Hussein, M. (2019). "Integrated ergonomic and productivity analysis for process improvement of panelised floor manufacturing." Proceedings, International Conference on Modelling and Applied Simulation, Lisbon, Portugal, Sep. 18–20, pp. 174–180.
  • Dias Barkokebas, R., Chen, Y., Yu, H., and Al-Hussein, M. "Energy code-compliant housing design: A cost and energy perspective." Accepted (Mar., 2019) for publication in Proceedings, 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference (jointly with Construction Research Congress), Laval, QC, Canada, Jun. 12–15.
  • Dias Barkokebas, R., Ritter, C., Sirbu, V., Li, X., and Al-Hussein, M. (2019). "Application of virtual reality in task training in the construction manufacturing industry." Proceedings, 2019 International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), Banff, AB, Canada, May 21–24, pp. 796–803.
  • Chen, Y., Li, X., Dias Ferreria, R. C., Gül, M., Nikolaidis, I., and Ardakanian, O. (2018). "Evaluating and Improving the Energy Performance of School Buildings with a Proposed Real-Time Monitoring System." SusTech 2018, 6th Annual IEEE Conf on Technologies for Sustainability, Long Beach, CA, USA, Nov. 11–13.
  • Barkokebas, B., Dias Ferreira, R. C., Secchi, L., Gül, M., and Al-Hussein, M. (2018). "Addressing the impact of industrialized components on the reduction of temporary heating cost in cold-climate regions." Proceedings, 2018 Modular and Offsite Construction Summit, Hollywood, FL, USA, Mar. 22–25, pp. 109–116.

Regina Dias Barkokebas

PhD Student
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
5-362.30 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering