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Otero, Luis Daniel

Associate Professor, Computer Engineering and Sciences

Dr. Luis Daniel Otero is an Associate Professor of Systems Engineering in the Department of Computer Engineering and Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), Melbourne, FL. Prior to joining Florida Tech, Dr. Otero served as software/systems engineer for major defense contractors, research assistant in the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF), National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellow at USF, and structural engineer at Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Dr. Otero’s research interests relate to the areas of transportation systems engineering, manufacturing analytics, and performance analysis/improvement of mission critical systems. His research efforts have resulted in competitive research grants at federal, state, and industry levels in each of these three areas of interest. For example, Dr. Otero lead research efforts as the Principal Investigator (PI) in a research grant from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Transportation Research Board (TRB) Safety IDEA Program. This federal award is granted on a highly competitive basis to research project ideas that promote innovative approaches to improving railroad safety or performance. 

Dr. Otero has authored over 50 technical publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings (e.g., IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Access Journal, Expert Systems with Applications). He is also an active reviewer of several journal publications and leading conferences in decision-making and systems engineering. Dr. Otero is an active Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (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 Computer Engineering and Sciences
    Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
  • Assistant Professor (2009 - 2014)
    Department of Engineering Systems
    Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
  • Adjunct Professor (Summer 2009)
    Department of Computer Information Systems 
    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

Selected 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

Book Chapters:

  • Otero, L.D., "Software Design Management, Leadership, and Ethics", Software Engineering Design: Theory and Practice, CRC Press / Taylor and Francis, June 2012.

Technical Reports:

  • Otero, L.D., Peter, A., and Moyou, M., "Remote Sensing with Mobile LiDAR and IMaging Sensors for Railroad Bridge Inspections" TRB Safety IDEA Program, August 2016, http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/IDEA/FinalReports/Safety/Safety26.pdf
  • Otero, L.D., Gagliardo, N., Dalli, D., Huang, W.H., and Cosentino, P., "Proof of Concept for Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for High Mast Pole and Bridge Inspections", FDOT Research Center, June 2015. http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/173156.aspx

Magazine Articles:

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Ortega, L., Otero, L.D. and Otero, C.E., “Fuzzy Inference System Framework to Prioritize the Deployment of Resources in Low Visibility Traffic Conditions”, IEEE Access Journal, Nov. 2019 (accepted in press)
  • Ortega, L., Otero, L.D., and Otero, C.E., “Application of Machine Learning Algorithms for Visibility Classification”, IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) Proceedings, Orlando, Florida, Apr. 2019 (accepted in press)
  • Avendano, J.C., Otero, L.D., and Otero, C.E., “Computational Sensor Placement Model for Development of a Cost-Effective, Multi-Sensor Structural Health Monitoring System for Cantilevered Traffic Signal Structures”, IEEE Southeastern Conference (SoutheastCon) Proceedings, Huntsville, Alabama, Apr. 2019 (accepted in press)
  • Eierle, A., Otero, L.D., and Ortega, L., “Simulation Model and Comparative Analysis for Production Resources in a Modified Assembly Process”, IEEE Southeastern Conference (SoutheastCon) Proceedings, Huntsville, Alabama, Apr. 2019 (accepted in press)
  • Olasupo, T.O., Otero, C.E., Otero, L.D., Olasupo, K., and Kostanic, I., “Path loss models for low-power, low-data rate sensor nodes for smart car parking systems”, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vol. 19, No. 6, pp. 1774-1783, 2018. (DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2017.2741467) (Impact Factor: 5.744)
  • Otero, L.D., Moyou, M., Peter, A., and Otero, C.E., “Towards a Remote Sensing System for Railroad Bridge Inspections: A Concrete Crack Detection Component”, IEEE Southeastern Conference (SoutheastCon) Proceedings, 2018. (DOI: 10.1109/SECON.2018.8478856)
  • Dalli, D., Otero, L.D., and Moyou, M., “Preliminary Design of sUAS Deployment and Transportation System”, IEEE Southeastern Conference (SoutheastCon) Proceedings, 2018. (DOI: DOI: 10.1109/SECON.2018.8479198)
  • Huang, W.H., Otero, L.D., Otero, C.E., and Moyou, M., “Impact of Camera Vibration Frequencies on Image Noise for Unmanned Aerial System Applications”, IEEE Southeastern Conference (SoutheastCon) Proceedings, 2018. (DOI: 10.1109/SECON.2018.8479208)
  • Otero, L.D., Moyou, M., Peter, A., Dalli, D., and Gagliardo, N., “Initial Proof of Concept on the Use of 3D Models to Identify Structural Deviations of Bridge Components”, IEEE Southeastern Conference (SoutheastCon) Proceedings, 2018. (DOI: 10.1109/SECON.2018.8478987)
  • McDougall, J.A. and Otero, L.D., “Optimal transfer point locations in two-stage distribution systems”, IEEE Access Journal, Vol. 6, 1974-1984, 2017. (DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2017.2781187) (Impact Factor: 4.098)
  • Otero, L.D., Gagliardo, N., Dalli, D., and Moore, J., “Interdisciplinary systems engineering and aeronautics science effort to enhance sUAS training program for undergraduate students”, IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) Proceedings, 2016
  • Otero, L.D., Gagliardo, N., Dalli, D., and Otero, C.E., “Preliminary proof of concept for using sUAS to inspect HML systems”, IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) Proceedings, 2016. (DOI: 10.1109/SYSCON.2016.7490533)
  • Otero, L.D., Gagliardo, N., Dalli, D., and Otero, C.E., “Preliminary sUAV component evaluation for inspecting transportation infrastructure systems”, IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) Proceedings, 2016. (DOI: 10.1109/SYSCON.2016.7490638)
  • Jerue, M., Otero, L.D., Fabregas, A., “A systems analysis framework to optimize the utilization of electric vehicles at military facilities”, IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) Proceedings, 2015. (DOI: 10.1109/SYSCON.2015.7116835)
  • Modi, D., Fabregas, A., and Otero, L.D., “Requirements and decision model for a taxiway route support system”, IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) Proceedings, 2015 (DOI: 10.1109/SYSCON.2015.7116748)
  • McDougall, J.A., Otero, L.D., Avendano, J., and Ejnioui, A., “System Analysis Methods in Emergency Systems”, IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) Proceedings, 2013 (DOI: 10.1109/SysCon.2013.6549978)
  • Avendano, J., Otero, L.D., Cosentino, P., “Towards the Development of a Complex Structural Inspection System Using Small-Scale Aerial Vehicles and Image Processing”, IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) Proceedings, 2013 (DOI: 10.1109/SysCon.2013.6549916)
  • Otero, L.D., Centeno, G, Otero, C.E., Reeves, K., “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, No. 3, pp. 391 – 400, 2012 (DOI: 10.1109/TEM.2010.2101078) (Impact Factor: 1.867)
  • Ruiz-Torres, A.J., Ablanedo-Rosas, J.H., and Otero, L.D., "Scheduling with Multiple Tasks Per Job – The Case of Quality Control Laboratories in the Pharmaceutical Industry," International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 50, No. 3, pp. 691-705, February 2012 (DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2010.543173) (Impact Factor: 3.199)
  • Otero, L.D., Centeno, G., Otero, C.E., Ruiz-Torres, A.J., “A Fuzzy Goal Programming Model for the Software Engineering Resource Assignment Problem”, Journal of Multicriteria Decision-Making, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 313 – 337, 2012. (DOI: 10.1504/ IJMCDM.2012.050675)
  • Otero, L.D. and Otero, C.E., “A Fuzzy Expert System Architecture for Capability Assessments in Software Engineering Environments,” Expert Systems with Applications: An International Journal, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 654 – 662, Jan. 2012 (DOI: 10.1016/ j.eswa.2011.07.057) (Impact Factor: 4.292)
  • Venugopal, V., Otero, L.D., Otero, C.E., “A Simulation Model for Evaluating Resource Policies in a Major Emergency Department,” IEEE SoutheastCon Proceedings, 2012. (DOI: 10.1109/SECon.2012.6196951)
  • Otero, L.D., Otero, C.E., and Arrasmith, W., "Performance Evaluation of Personnel Assignments in Software Engineering", Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice2010.
  • Otero, L.D., Otero, C.E., and Centeno, G., "A Multi-Objective Model for Resource Assignments in Software Engineering", Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2010.
  • Otero, L.D. and Otero, C.E., "Decision Framework for Capability Evaluations of Software Engineers using Imprecise Parameters", Proceedings of the International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Methods (GEM'10), 2010. 
  • 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. (DOI: 10.1016/j.cie.2008.08.002) (Impact Factor: 3.518)