University of Hertfordshire

Dr Hafiz Alaka


Dr Hafiz Alaka


Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Dr Hafiz Alaka is a Reader and the Director of Digital Technology and Innovation Lab (for construction & infrastructure). He is committed to ongoing 21st century inter-disciplinary research with focus on digital technologies application (Big Data Analytics, IoT, AI, etc.) to construction/infrastructure.

Hafiz leads and takes part in collaborative research with reputable industry partners. He has been involved in over eight funded research projects worth over £6.2 millions pounds. Current projects include Live-Tap (worth £500,000) and AutoBIM (worth £900,000) with Balfour Beatty’, among three others. 

In the last four years, he has produced over 35 articles in journals of international standing. These include top journals with high impact factor including Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management (IF=2.05); International Journal of Construction Management (IF=2.25); Construction Management and Economics (2.45); Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (IF = 9.184); Resources, Conservation and Recycling (IF = 5.120); Waste Management (IF = 4.723); and Advanced Engineering Informatics Reviews (IF = 3.358) among many others. They also include 3-star rated journals in ABS like IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IF = 1.416) and Expert Systems with Application (IF = 3.768). Many of his papers submitted for mock REF were ranked as being 3* and above. He has also presented his works in world class conferences such as IEEE Big Data Computing Services and Applications; and Association of Researchers in Construction Management conference, among others. He has over 480 citations with H-index=17 and i10-index=21 (Google Scholar).

Hafiz currently supervises and examines PhDs. He is an invited speaker and delegate in a number of research events. He teaches Project management, Contract management and Database and Business Intelligence modules across the Civil Engineering/Construction Management programmes, and in Business Schools.

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