Samuel Labi

Professor of Civil Engineering

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP G175A
Phone: (765) 494-5926
Web: personal web site

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2001
M.S., Purdue University, 1997
B.S., University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, 1987

Research Summary

Dr. Labi's research is motivated by the current landscape of transportation policy, practice, and management. This landscape is characterized by increasing demand and loading, aging infrastructure, funding limitations, increasing stakeholder participation, climate change, infrastructure vulnerability to natural and anthropogenic threats, need for sustainable development of resilient infrastructure, traveler security, intelligent autonomous operations, and big data challenges.
These continuing and emerging trends have spawned the need to synthesize or adopt enhanced analytical tools, technology, and businesslike approaches for infrastructure decision making. Examples include data analytics, sensing for smart and intelligent infrastructure, and automation of functions, and connectedness of system components. The goal is to ensure that investment decisions are more efficient, transparent and accountable. That way, infrastructure agencies can render a better account of their stewardship of their facilities.
Dr. Labi’s research uses analytical tools in mathematics, physics, economics, finance, operations research, statistics, and econometrics to address the various tasks faced by civil engineers at the different phases of infrastructure development – needs assessment, planning, design, construction, operations, monitoring, maintenance, and end-of-life.