Otero, Luis Daniel

Associate Professor
Engineering Systems

Dr. Luis Daniel Otero is an Associate Professor of Engineering Systems and Director of the Transportation Systems Engineering Research (TSER) Lab at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), Melbourne, FL. He has over eight years of professional experience as a software engineer for the defense industry, being the lead engineer of various major projects. His main research areas include software engineering and transportation systems engineering applications.

Currently, Dr. Otero is heavily involved in research to investigate ways to improve the effectiveness of bridge inspections using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with imaging and sensor devices such as mobile LiDAR. Dr. Otero is currently the Principal Investigator of research projects to investigate the effectiveness of using unmanned aerial vehicles during structural inspections of high mast luminaries and highway bridges. Dr. Otero has been awarded research grants at both state and federal levels.

Dr. Otero has authored over 30 publications in top academic journals and conference proceedings. He has presented research work multiple times in top academic conferences nationwide.  Dr. Otero is an IEEE Senior Member.

Educational Background

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

- Ph.D. in Industrial & Management Systems Engineering  (2009)


Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), Melbourne, FL

- M.S. in Engineering Management (2002)

- M.S. in Computer Info. Systems, College of Engineering (2000)

- B.S. in Civil Engineering (1998)

Professional Experience

Associate Professor (2014 - present)
Department of Engineering Systems (College of Engineering)
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Assistant Professor (2009 - 2014)
Department of Engineering Systems (College of Engineering)
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Adjunct Professor (Summer 2009)
Department of Computer Information Systems (College of Business Administration)
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Software Engineer (2005 - 2009)
Northrop Grumman Corporation, Integrated Systems - Melbourne, FL

Graduate Research Assistant (2004 - 2005)
Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), University of South Florida - Tampa, FL

NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2002 - 2004)
National Science Foundation (NSF) STARS Program, University of South Florida - Tampa, FL

Software Engineer (1999 - 2002)
Harris Corporation - Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD), Palm Bay, Florida

Current Research

Currently Funded Research Grants:

Principal Investigator, "Proof of Concept for Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for High Mast Pole and Bridge Inspections", FDOT Research Center, (awarded), 2013 - 2015.

Principal Investigator, "Remote Sensing with Mobile LiDAR and Imaging Sensors for Railroad Bridge Inspections", National Academies of Sciences - Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Safety IDEA Program (Funded by the Federal Railway Administration), (awarded), 2014 - 2016.    

Selected Publications

Luis Daniel Otero and Carlos E. Otero, "A Fuzzy Expert System Architecture for Capability Assessments in Skill-Based Environments", Expert Systems with Applications, Vol. 39, Issue 1, pp. 654-662, 2012.

Luis Daniel Otero, Grisselle Centeno, Carlos E. Otero, and Alex Ruiz-Torres, "A Fuzzy Goal Programming Model for Skill-Based Personnel Assignments", Journal of Multicriteria Decision MakingVol. 2, Issue 4, pp. 313-337, 2012.

Luis Daniel Otero, Grisselle Centeno, Carlos E. Otero, and Kingsley Reeves, "A DEA-Tobit Analysis to Understand the Role of Experience and Task Factors in the Efficiency of Software Engineers", IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 59, Issue 3, pp. 391-400, 2012.

Alex Ruiz-Torres, Jose Ablanedo, and L.Daniel Otero, "Scheduling with Multiple Tasks per Job - The Case of Quality Control Laboratories in the Pharmaceutical Indsutry", International Journal of Production ResearchVol. 50, Issue 3, pp. 691-705, 2012.

C.E. Otero, W.H. Shaw, I. Kostanic, L.D. Otero, "Multi-Response Optimization of Stochastic WSN Deployments using Response Surface Methodology and Desirability Functions", IEEE Systems Journal, Vol. 4, Issue 1, pp. 39-48, 2010.

L.D. Otero, C.E. Otero, W.W. Arrasmith, "Performance Evaluation of Personnel Assignments in Software Engineering," Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice, 2010.

L.D. Otero, C.E. Otero, G.Centeno, "A Multi-Objective Model for Resource Assignments in Software Engineering," Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2010.

L.D. Otero, C.E. Otero, "Decision Framework for Capability Evaluations of Software Engineers using Imprecise Parameters," Proceedings of the International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Methods (GEM'10), 2010.

L.D. Otero, G. Centeno, A.J. Ruiz-Torres, and C.E. Otero, "A Systematic Approach for Resource Allocation in Software Projects", Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 56, Issue 4, pp. 1333-1339, 2009.

C.E. Otero, I. Kostanic, and L.D. Otero, "Development of a Simulator for Stochastic Deployment of Wireless Sensor Networks", Journal of Networks, Vol. 4, No. 8, pp. 754 - 762, 2009.