Dr Lei Hou is an expert in Construction/IT research with special interests in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and other mobile computing technologies.
Dr Hou was conferred the Bachelor of Engineering and the Bachelor of Law from Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) in 2009 and the Doctorate of Construction Management from Curtin University in 2013.
His PhD research related to the application of advanced visualisation and digital technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed-Reality (MR) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction work, particularly in assembly.
His primary research contribution featured a methodology of prototyping diverse MR visualisation systems as well as the interfaces that allowed the systems to integrate with assembly operations under different task settings. His PhD research also revealed that the prototyped MR systems, when used in construction, contributed to shorter task completion time, less assembly errors and lower total task load, and provided workers with accurate interpretations to implement tasks in real-world workspaces.
Since June 2015, he commenced a full-time lecturer position at the Griffith School of Engineering (GSE). In early 2016, he was granted a total amount of $24,000 from the GSE Seed Funding scheme to establish my research centred on 'Application of VR and AR for Complex Procedural Tasks Training' and 'Development of an Intelligent and Integrated System for Bridge Inspections'. This enabled him to develop a framework to improve the workforce efficiency of heavy industries and expedite the process of developing complex procedural skills. The development of the framework was predicated upon a number of hard and software systems (i.e., Hololens, Oculus Rift, Vive, Unity, etc.) and the contribution of interdisciplinary researchers from ICT, Environment Planning and Architecture, and Education and Professional Studies. Since early 2017, he joined Cities Research Institute (CRI) and in May 2017, was granted a total of $10,000 from the CRI Early Career Researcher Small Competitive Grants scheme to further test his framework with bridge infrastructure construction and maintenance.
Since 7 March 2018, he commenced a full-time senior lecture position at the School of Civil Engineering, RMIT University.
- Ph.D. of Construction Management (CM), Curtin University, Australia
- Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Australia
- Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China
- Bachelor of Law, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China.
Guest Editor of International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), Special Issue On: Applications of VR/AR in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction (ACE) and Science Education
Invited Reviewer on Australian Research Council (ARC) projects, Journal of Automation in Construction, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, etc.
Journal Articles (since 2016)
- Tan, J., Hou, L., Xu, Y., Mao, C. & Zhang, G. (under review). A critical review of research on off-site construction management and technology applications. Automation in Construction. 83C, 29-40. 10.1016/j.autcon.2017.07.001 (SCI IF: 2.442)
- Govender, R., Saba, G., Ham, N., Hou, L., Moon, S. & Kim, J. (under review). Appraisal of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Curriculum for Early-Career Professionals in Construction Industry: Educated by Korea Institute of Construction Technology Education (KICTE). Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
- Nayyeri, F., Hou, L., Zhou, J. & Guan, H. (under review). Foreground-Background Separation Technique for Road Crack Detection. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (SCI IF: 5.786)
- Zhou, Y., Hou, L., Yang, Y., Chong, H. & Moon, S. (under review). A Comparative Review and Framework Development on Public Participation for Decision-making in Chinese Public Projects. Environmental Impact Assessment Review (SCI Impact Factor: 3.03)
- Moon, S., Xu, S., Hou, L., Wu, C., Wang, X. & Tam, V. (2018). RFID-Aided Tracking System to Improve Work Efficiency of Scaffold Supplier: Stock Management in Australasian Supply Chain, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 144(2), 04017115.10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.00014324 (SCI IF: 1.9)
- Jiang, R., Mao, C., Hou, L., Wu, C. & Tan, J. A SWOT Analysis of Off-site Construction Cases to Promote Sustainable Urbanisation in China. Journal of Cleaner Production. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.147 (SCI IF: 5.715)
- Hou, L., Chi, H., Tarng, W., Chai, J., Panuwatwanich, K. & Wang, X. (2017). A Framework of Innovative Learning for Skill Development in Complex Operational Tasks. Automation in Construction. 83C, 29-40. 10.1016/j.autcon.2017.07.001 (SCI IF: 2.442)
- Mao, C., Xie, F., Hou, L., Wu, P., Wang, J. & Wang, X. (2016). Cost assessment framework for sustainable off-site construction based on a multiple case study in China. Journal: Habitat International. 57, 215-222 (SCI IF: 2.029)
- Chan, B., Guan, H., Hou, L., Jo, J., Blumenstein, M. & Wang, J. (2016). Towards Integrated Modelling and Advanced Imaging for Bridge Condition Inspections – Review and Case Study Based Evaluation. Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring. 6(4), 703-714. 10.1007/s13349-016-0191-6 (SCImago Journal Ranking)
- Hou, L., Zhao, C., Wu, C., Moon, S. & Wang, X. (2016). Discrete Firefly Algorithm for Scaffolding Construction Scheduling. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. 31(3). 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000639 (SCI IF: 1.382)
- Hou, L., Chi, H., Utiome, E. & Wang, X. (2016). Cooperative and Immersive Coaching to Facilitate Skill Development in Construction Tasks. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 9929, 371-377. Springer International Publishing. 10.1007/978-3-319-46771-9_48
- Utiome, E., Panauwatwanich, K., Mohamed, S., Lin, Z. & Hou, L. (2016). Concurrency in BIM-Based Project Implementation: An Exploratory Study of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport's Terminal 3A. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 9929, 257-262. Springer International Publishing. 10.1007/978-3-319-46771-9_33
- Xu, C., Yang, Y., Jin, S., Qu, Z., & Hou, L. (2016). Potential Risk and Its Influencing Factors for Separated Bicycle Paths. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 87, 59-67 (SCI IF: 2.07).