Faculty Profiles

Stephane, Lucas

Assistant Professor
Computer Engineering and Sciences

Personal Overview

Lucas Stephane, PhD, is an accomplished professional with more than 20 years of international exposure and recognition: honorary member of the National Academy of Inventors, inventor of 2 international patents sponsored by Airbus, author of several book chapters, conference and journal research papers.

Since early 2014, Lucas is an Assistant Professor in the Human Centered Design program, Dept. of Computer Engineering & Sciences, Florida Tech. He is actively involved in HCD courses and in cross-departmental education both as committee member and committee chair in more than 40 graduate committees.
Lucas was also member of the Graduate Council, the Faculty Library Committee, and participated in the Florida Tech Security Council and the Digital Scholarship Lab.

Currently, Lucas is focusing on shared immersive environments (e.g. augmented, virtual, mixed reality, and Internet of Things) providing students with a comprehensive set of latest AR/VR devices.

In 2018, Lucas and his PhD students Brandon Cuffie and Yash Mehta were awarded the NASA Florida Space Research Program grant in the Systems Engineering category for their research titled: Mission Optimization Based on Crew Psychophysiological Fitness Monitoring and Adaptive Task Allocation.

Since 2016, Lucas is the Florida Tech advisor for the NASA Simulation Exploration Experience involving student hands-on learning of Distributed Interactive Simulation. Related to these activities, Lucas obtained in 2015 a multimillion software license donation.

For his PhD research, Lucas was sponsored by Areva France ($500K) for cross-domain transfers from aircraft cockpits toward safety instruments and control systems (SICS) in power plant control rooms. His PhD research product is an innovative interactive 3D augmented visual integration of multi-source information (e.g. structural, functional and operational) for dealing with crisis and emergency management, aligned with DHS National Visualization and Analytics Center (NVAC), as well as Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) incident management information sharing (IMIS) through virtual USA (vUSA) incentives for enhancing safety and security.
In 2012, Lucas obtained his certification in Systems Safety Engineering from N. Leveson/Safeware Engineering.
Since early 2010, Lucas was in charge of setting up the 3D visualization and tangible systems for the HCDi Advanced Interactive Media Lab, including the first version of the Tobii Eye Tracking glasses (2010), the first version of the Oculus Rift (2013) and a multi-purpose transportation simulator (2014).

Focusing on the integration of cognitive engineering and analytics, Lucas completed his Masters in Business Intelligence at Supinfo International University, Paris in 2010.

In 1995, Lucas obtained his Masters in Experimental Psychology at René Descartes University, Paris, where he conducted novel research on real-time cognitive and embodied synchronization using affordances and ecological experiment design.

Since 1996, Lucas carried out efforts in 3D and distributed software development (e.g. VRML, CORBA, Java) and was sponsored by Fortune Global 500 companies (e.g. Airbus, Areva, France Télécom, Microsoft, Nokia) on more than 20 R&D projects, with a concentration in design and evaluation of augmented and virtual information visualization and interaction for cockpit operations, aeronautics systems and air traffic control rooms.