Otero, Carlos

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Recognition & Awards

  • Research and Innovation Award, Northrop Grumman Corporation, 2012
  • Faculty Summer Research Award, University of Virginia, Wise, VA 2011
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2010
  • Research student awarded University-wide Chancellor’s Medal for Undergraduate Research Award, UVa-Wise, 2010
  • Listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America.

Current Courses

  • ECE 2551 - Software/Hardware Design (Fall)
  • ECE 1552 - Computer Design (Spring)
  • ECE 4551 - Computer Architecture (Fall)
  • ECE 5118 - Wireless Sensor Networks (Spring)
  • ECE 5560 - Computer Systems (Spring)

Professional Experience

Carlos E. Otero, Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology.  Previuosly, he was a faculty member in the College of Engineering at University of South Florida, Tampa, and the University of Virginia, Wise. Prior to that, he worked for 11 years in private industry as a computer software engineer for military computer systems, including satellite communications, command and control, wireless security, and unmanned aerial vehicle systems. His research interests are in computer systems, with particular emphasis on the design, performance evaluation, and optimization of embedded, communications, and data-intensive systems.  He has authored/co-authored one university textbook and over 70 scientific peer-reviewed publications in venues such as IEEE Intelligent Systems, IEEE Transactions in Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Expert Systems and Applications.  Dr. Otero is a senior member of the IEEE.

Additional Duties

  • Member, IEEE Systems Council
  • Member, IEEE Internet-of-Things Technical Community
  • Faculty Advisor, IEEE Student Chapter
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Computers and Applications, 2010 - Present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Computers (JCP), 2010 - Present
  • Session Chair, International Conference on Wireless Networks, 2010
  • Session Chair, Software Engineering Research & Practice, 2010
  • Co-Director, Wireless Center of Excellence, 2013 - Present
  • Director, Wired Wednesday Elementary STEM Program, 2013 - Present
  • Reviewer for IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Computing Services, IEEE Transactions on Networks and Service Management, IEEE Systems Journal

Current Research

Research Expertise and Interests:

  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Computer Systems and Applications
  • Embedded Software and Systems

Selected Funded Research, Contracts, and Submitted Proposals:

  • Principal Investigator, "Embedded Systems Integrity and Firmware Analysis," Rockwell Collins, Inc., (to be awarded in 2016).
  • Principal Investigator, "Proof-of-Concept for Configurable (One-way) Embedded Communication System for Elderly People," Private Source, (awarded in 2015).
  • Principal Investigator, "Hardware/Software Study for Mobile-based Analytics Using Bluetooth Smart Ready Technology," HearGear, Inc. (DBA FreeWavz), (awarded in 2015).
  • Principal Investigator, "Evaluating Big Data Technology for Wireless Networks Analytics," Gladiator Forensics, LLC, (awarded in 2015).
  • Principal Investigator, "Call-drop Classification in 4G Networks," Gladiator Innovations, LLC, (awarded in 2014).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Deployment of a Network of Wireless Sensors to Measure and Characterize Hurricane Wind Loads on Structures," submitted to National Science Foundation.
  • Principal Investigator, "Development of an Expert Decision Support System for the Design, Analysis, and Deployment of Large-Scale Stochastic Wireless Sensor Networks," submitted to National Science Foundation.
  • Principal Investigator, "Performance Evaluation, Optimization, and Integration of On-Demand Intelligence and Self-customizing Software," Northrop Grumman Corporation & Florida High Tech Corridor, (awarded in 2012).
  • Principal Investigator, "Intelligent System for On-Demand Deployments of Ground-Based Wireless Sensor Networks," Northrop Grumman Corporation Innovation Grant, (awarded in 2012).
  • Principal Investigator, "A Software Engineering Framework for Continuous Development of Hybrid Classified Software Systems," Northrop Grumman Corporation Innovation Grant, (awarded in 2012).
  • Principal Investigator, "Software Component for Dynamic Assignment and Optimization of LTE Physical Cell IDs," Gladiator Innovations, LLC, (awarded in 2011).
  • Principal Investigator, "A Real-Time Quality of Service (QoS) Assessment and Customer Classification Method for Improving the Desirability of Application-Specific Services in Wireless Cellular Networks," University of Virginia, College at Wise, Summer Research Grant, (awarded in 2011).

Inventions & Patents:

  • US Provisional Patent, Serial No. 61/372,480, "A Real-Time Quality of Service Assessment and Customer Classification Method for Improving the Desirability of Application-Specific Services in Wireless Mobile Devices," University of Virginia Patent Foundation, 2010 – 2011.
  • US Provisional Patent, Serial No. 61/372,497, "System and Method for Optimizing Large-Scale Stochastic Deployments of Wireless Sensor Networks," University of Virginia Patent Foundation, 2010 – 2011.

Selected Publications

Dr. Otero has published over 70 technical publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals and conferences proceedings.  He is also the author of the textbook Software Engineering Design: Theory and Practice, which has been adopted by numerous instructors from national and international institutions and has been listed in the top 100 most popular Amazon Engineering Design books.  The following is a list of selected publications.

Book & Book Chapters:

  • Otero, C.E., Shaikh, S., Rossi, M., Merino, X., "Engineering Sentiment Analysis Software," Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology, (in-press) 2016.
  • Otero, C.E., "Software Engineering Design: Theory and Practice," CRC Press / Taylor and Francis, June 2012.

Peer-Reviewed Journals:

  • Olasupo, T.O., Otero, C.E., Olasupo, K., Kostanic, I., "Multi-terrain Path Loss Models for Reliable Deployments of Wireless Sensor Networks," submitted to IEEE Transactions on Reliability, 2016. (Impact Factor: 2.287)
  • Otermat, Derek, Kostanic, I., Otero, C.E., "Analysis of the FM Radio Spectrum for Secondary Licensing of Cognitive IoT Devices," submitted to IEEE Internet-of-Things Journal, 2016.
  • Olasupo, T.O., Otero, C.E., Otero, L.D., Olasupo, K., Kostanic, I., "Path Loss Models for Low-power, Low-data rate Sensor Nodes for Smart Car Parking Systems," submitted to IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2016. (Impact Factor: 2.534)
  • Olasupo, T.O., Otero, C.E., Olasupo, K., Kostanic, I., "Empirical Path Loss Models for Wireless Sensor Network Deployments in Short and Tall Natural Grass Environments," accepted to IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 2016. (Impact Factor: 2.18)
  • Bruckmeyer, J., Hinshaw, A., Otero, C.E., Kostanic, I., "Relative Adaptive Digital Beam Former Calibration Using an Injected Noise Source," accepted to IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 2016. (Impact Factor: 1.808)
  • Otero, C.E., Peter, A., "Research Directions for Engineering Big Data Analytics Software," IEEE Intelligent Systems, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 13-19, Feb., 2015. (Impact Factor: 3.532)
  • Otero, C.E., Haber, R., Peter, A., AlSayyari, A., Kostanic, I., “A Wireless Sensor Networks’ Analytics System for Predicting Performance in On-Demand Deployments,” IEEE Systems Journal, pp. 1-10, May, 2014. (Impact Factor: 2.114)
  • Ejnioui, A., Otero, C.E., Kostanic, I., “A Stochastic Approach for Evaluating Quality of Service in Wireless Cellular Networks,” International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2013.
  • Otero, L.D., Centeno, G, Otero, C.E., Reeves, K., “DEA-Tobit Approach to Identify Key Assignment Criteria in Software Engineering,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp. 391 – 400, Aug. 2012. (Impact Factor: 1.60)
  • Otero, L.D., Otero, C.E., “A Fuzzy Expert System Architecture for Capability Assessments in Software Engineering Environments,” Expert Systems with Applications, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 654 – 662, Jan. 2012. (Impact Factor: 2.981)
  • Otero, C.E., Shaw, W.H., Kostanic, I., Otero, L.D., “Multi-Response Optimization of Stochastic WSN Deployments using Response Surface Methodology and Desirability Functions,” IEEE Systems Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 39-48, Mar. 2010. (Impact Factor: 2.114)
  • Otero, C.E., Velazquez, A., Kostanic, I., Subramanian, C., Pinelli, J.P., “Real-Time Monitoring of Hurricane Winds using Wireless and Sensor Technology,” Journal of Computers, Vol. 4, No. 12, pp. 1275-1285, Dec. 2009.
  • Otero, C.E., Kostanic, I., Otero, L.D., “Development of a Simulator for Stochastic Deployment of Wireless Sensor Networks,” Journal of Networks, Vol. 4, No. 8, pp. 754-762, Oct. 2009.
  • Otero, L.D., Centeno, G., Ruiz-Torres, A., Otero, C.E., “A Systematic Approach for Resource Allocation in Software Projects,” Computer and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 56, Issue 4, pp. 1333-1339, May 2009. (Impact Factor: 2.41)

Peer-Reviewed Conferences:

  • Olasupo, T.O., Otero, C.E., "Automatic Detection of Radio Signal Obstruction in Wireless Sensor Networks' On-demand Deployments," accepted in IEEE Sensor Symposium, 2016.
  • Huang W.H., Otero, L.D., Otero, C.E., "Impact of Camera Vibration Frequencies on Image Noise for Unmanned Aerial System Applications," accepted in IEEE International Systems Conference, 2015.
  • Otermat, D., Otero, C.E., Kostanic, I., "Analysis of the FM Radio Spectrum for Internet of Things Opportunistic Access Via Cognitive Radio," accepted in IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, 2015.
  • Olasupo, T. O., Otero, C. E., Kostanic ,I., Shaikh, S., "Effects of Terrain Variations in Wireless Sensor Network Deployments," accepted to IEEE International RF and Microwave Conference, 2015.
  • AlSayyari, A., Kostanic, I., Otero, C.E., "An Empirical Path Loss Model for Wireless Sensor Network Deployment in a Concrete Surface Environment," IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, 2015.
  • Otero, C.E., Rossi, M., Peter, A., Haber, R., “Determining Human-Perceived Level of Safety in Transportation Systems Using Big Data Analytics,” International Conference on Internet Computing and Big Data, July, 2014.
  • AlSayyari, A., Kostanic, I., Otero, C.E., “An Empirical Path Loss Model for Wireless Sensor Network Deployment in a Sand Terrain Environment,” IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, 2014.
  • AlSayyari, A., Kostanic, I., Otero, C.E., “An Empirical Path Loss Model for Wireless Sensor Networks Deployment in an Artificial Turf Environment,” IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing, and Control, 2014.
  • Habar, R., Peter, A., Otero, C.E., Kostanic, I., Ejnioui, A., “A Support Vector Machine for Terrain Classification in On-Demand Deployments of Wireless Sensor Networks,” IEEE International Systems Conference, 2013.
  • Otero, C.E., Kostanic, I., Otero, L.D., Peter, A., Ejnioui, A., “Intelligent System for Predicting Wireless Sensor Network Performance in On-Demand Deployments,” IEEE Open Systems – Open Systems Applications, pp. 90-96, Oct. 2012.
  • Otero, C.E., Luce-Edward, D., Smith, J., Clark, S., Whitt, M., Hines, B., Qureshi, A., “Experiential Learning: Applying Software Engineering Principles and Mobile Programming in UVa-Wise’s Undergraduate Capstone Project,” 2012 International Conference Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering, 2012.
  • Otero, C.E., Kostanic, I., Otero, L.D., “An Iterative Approach for Modeling Performance in Randomly Deployed Wireless Sensor Networks,” Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Methods, pp. 104-109, 2010.
  • Otero, C.E., Ivica Kostanic, Nenad Mijatovic, Ira Weissberger, “A Holistic Approach for Evaluating Quality of Service (QoS) in Wireless Cellular Networks,” Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Wireless Networks, Vol. 2, pp. 483-487, 2010.
  • Otero, C.E., Kostanic, I., Otero, L.D., “A Multi-Hop, Multi-Segment Architecture for Perimeter Security Over Extended Geographical Regions using Wireless Sensor Networks,” IEEE Wireless Hive Networks Conference, pp. 1-5, August, 2008.