Andrew Tarko


Professor of Civil Engineering – Purdue University
Director – Center for Road Safety (CRS)

Dr. Tarko received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Krakow University of Technology in 1993 and then from the University of Illinois in 1994. His research area includes theory and management of traffic safety and operations with a focus on rapid safety analysis with surrogate measures and modern technologies. He was a principal investigator for research projects with a total budget of nine million dollars of his responsibility. He was a founding member and first chair of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Surrogate Measures of Safety. The Center for Road Safety, under his leadership, developed several safety management tools implemented in daily practice of Indiana state and local agencies. His continuing effort is directed towards including emerging data and modern technologies in Indiana safety management. Two of his team’s projects were recognized with the AASHTO high-value research award in 20213 and 2021. Dr. Tarko published more than 80 papers in Scopus-indexed journals. He is an author of the book: Measuring Road Safety with Surrogate Events published by Elsevier in 2020 and the author of charters in eight books on transportation engineering. He was an associate editor of the Transportation Science Journal (2000-2009), guest editor of Accident Analysis and Prevention, and ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering special issues. He is a member of the permanent oversight committee for the Road Safety and Simulation international conferences, and a member of editorial advisory boards for Accident Analysis and Prevention and other journals.

Their Research

Cost Benefit Analysis of an Infrastructure-Vehicle Cooperative Perception System
Principal Investigator(s):
Yiheng Feng, Ziran Wang, & Andrew Tarko
Research Focus: Safety, Mobility
Development of A Cooperative Perception System
Principal Investigator(s):
Yiheng Feng & Andrew Tarko
Research Thrusts: Control & Operations, Enabling Technology, Infrastructure Design & Management, Modeling & Implementation