Concordia University

Mazdak Nik-Bakht

Assistant Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Photo credit: David Ward
Office: S-EV 6221 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3699
Website(s): Google Scholar


  • PhD, Construction Engineering & Mgmt. UofT
  • PhD, Structural Engineering, IUST
  • MASc, Structural Engineering, IUST
  • BASc, Civil Engineering, IUST

Research activities

Primary Research Areas

  • Construction Engineering & Management
  • Infrastructure Management

Research Interests

  • Smart Infrastructure, Construction and Building
  • Applications of Network Science in Design, Construction & Operation of the Built Environment
  • Social Network Analysis in Construction & Infrastructure Mgmt.
  • Decision Models in Construction Industry
  • Building Information Modeling Process Mining & Mgmt.
  • Asset Information Modeling for Buildings & Infrastructure Systems
  • Socio-technical Approaches in Construction & Mgmt. of the Built Environment
  • Semantic Computing & Computational Linguistics in Civil Informatics
  • Urban Informatics & Urban Computing for Resilience of Smart Cities

Teaching activities

BCEE 464 / BLDG 6851

In Fall 2016 I am offering "Project Cost Estimating" for both undergraduate and graduate students.

BLDG 6561

In Winter 2017 I will offer "Building Economics".


Journal Papers

  • T. M. Froese, P. Li, R. Grover, A. Y. Shoolestani, A. B. Shoolestani, M. Nikbakht, D. J. Vanier, “SocioBIM: Exploring the Range of BIM-to-General Public Applications”, Journal of Automation in Construction – Special issue: Project (as a) Social Network (submitted on May 2015)
  • M. Nik-Bakht, T. E. El-diraby, “SUSTWEETABILITY: A Social Annotation Game for Exposing Public Community's Perspective on Sustainability of Urban Infrastructure”, International Journal of Human – Computing, Vol. 89 (2016) 54-72
  • M. Nikbakht, T. E. El-diraby, “Synthesis of Decision Making Research in Construction”, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 141(9) (2015)
  • M. Nikbakht, T. E. El-diraby, “Communities of Interest–Interest of Communities: Social & Semantic Analysis of Communities in Infrastructure Discussion Networks”, Wiley Computer-Aided Civil & Infrastructure Engineering 31(1) (2016) 34-49 
  • M. Nikbakht, T. E. El-diraby, “Hidden social networks driving online public involvement in infrastructure construction: a case study of LRT projects in North America”, TRR, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol 2453/Planning 2014, (2015) 84-93
  • H. Osman and M. Nikbakht, “A Game Theoretic Model For Roadway Performance Management: A Socio-Technical Approach”, Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 4(1) (2014), 40-54 (2015 Outstanding paper award by the journal)
  • A. Kaveh and M. Nikbakht, “Analysis of space truss towers, using combined symmetry groups and product graphs”, ACTA Mechanica, 218(1) (2011) 133–160.
  • Kaveh A, Nikbakht M, Rahami H., “Improved group-theoretic method using graph products for the analysis of symmetric – regular structures”, ACTA Mechanica, 210(3) (2010) 265-289.
  • A. Kaveh, H. Rahami and M. Nikbakht, “Vibration analysis of regular structures by graph products: cable networks”, Computers and Structures, 88(9-10) (2010), 588–601.
  • Kaveh A, Nikbakht M, “Improved group-theoretical method for eigenvalue problems of special symmetric structures, using graph theory”, Advances in Engineering Software, 41(1) (2010) 22–31.
  • A. Kaveh and M. Nikbakht, "Stability analysis of hyper symmetric skeletal structures using group theory", ACTA Mechanica, 200(3) (2008) 177–197.
  • A. Kaveh and M. Nikbakht, “Decomposition of Symmetric Mass-Spring Vibrating Systems Using Groups, Graphs and Linear Algebra”, Journal of Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, 23(7) (2007) 639-664
  • A. Kaveh and M. Nikbakht, “Block Diagonalization of Laplacian Matrices of Symmetric Graphs via Group Theory”, Int. Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 69(5) (2007) 908-947
  • A. Kaveh and M. Nikbakht, “Buckling load of symmetric plane frames using canonical forms and group theory”, ACTA Mechanica, 185(1) (2006) 89-128.

Book Chapters

  • M. Nikbakht, T.Eldiraby, “Towards bottom-up decision making and collaborative knowledge generation in urban infrastructure projects through online social media”, Chapter in “Transparency in social media – tools, methods, and algorithms for mediating online interactions” (2015) 145-164
  • M. Nikbakht, S.Kinawy, T.Eldiraby, “Construction Management Public Relations (Business Disruption & Neighborhood Impacts)”, Chapter in “SAGE Encyclopedia of Transportation” (2014)

Conference Papers

  • M. Hosseini, M. Nik-Bakht, T. E. El-diraby, “Social Sentiment forSustainability of Infrastructure Mega-projects”, CIB-W78, 33rdInternational Conference on Applications of IT in the AEC Industry, Brisbane, Australia, November 2016 (Accepted Sep. 2016).
  • Tulio Sulbaran, M. Nik-Bakht, “Construction Decision Making Inventory (CDMI) – Assessment Framework for Validity and Reliability”, CIB-W78, 33rd International Conference on Applications of IT in the AEC Industry, Brisbane, Australia, November 2016 (Accepted Sep. 2016).
  • M. Nikbakht, M. Hosseini, T. E. El-diraby, “Infrastructure Sustainability-Related Topic Classification in Social Media”, CIB paper 16, CIB W78, 32nd International Conference on Applications of IT in the AEC Industry, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, October 2015.
  • M. Nikbakht, T. E. El-diraby, “Topic Modeling for Infrastructure-Related Discussions in Online Social Media”, Con-344. ICSC15, the 5th International/11th Construction Specialty CSCE Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (June 8 to 10, 2015).
  • M. Nikbakht, Sh. Kinawy, T. E. El-diraby, “News and social media as performance indicators for public involvement in transportation planning - the Eglinton Crosstown project in Toronto”, TRB (Transportation Research Board) 94th Annual Meeting, Jan 2015, Washington DC.
  • M. Nikbakht, T. E. El-diraby, “Ordinary People-Extraordinary Projects! From big data to knowledge in stakeholder management for construction of mega-projects”, 10th European Conference on Products and Process Modeling in the Building and Construction Industry, Vienna, Austria, September 2014.
  • M. Nikbakht, T. E. El-diraby, “Infrastructure Discussion Networks: Analyzing Social Media Debates of LRT Projects in North American Cities”, TRB (Transportation Research Board) 93rd Annual Meeting, Washington DC, January 2014 
  • M. Nikbakht, T. E. El-diraby, “What Does Social Media Say About the Infrastructure Construction?”, paper 16, CIB W78, 30th International Conference on Applications of IT in the AEC Industry, Beijing, China, October 2013.
  • M. Nikbakht, T. E. El-diraby, “Analyzing Infrastructure Discussion Networks: Order of Influence in Chaos of Followers”, Con-85. Proceedings of CSCE annual conference, Montreal, Canada, May 2013.
  • A. Kaveh and M. Nikbakht, “Interrelation of Group and Graph Products in Configuration Processing of Symmetric Structures”, Paper 166 from CCP:88, ISBN 978-1-905088-23-2, The Ninth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, Athens, Greece, 2-5 September 2008.
  • A. Kaveh and M. Nikbakht, “Symmetric Finite Elements Formulation Using Linear Algebra and Canonical Forms: Truss and Beam Elements”, Paper 130 fromCCP:86, ISBN 978-1-905088-17-1, Eleventh International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, Malta, September 2007.
  • A. Kaveh and M. Nikbakht, “Improved Group-Theoretical Methods for Eigenvalue Problems of Special Symmetric Structures, Using Graph Theory”, Paper 288 from CCP:83, ISBN 1-905088-08-6, The 8th International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Sep, 2006.

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