Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Otero, Luis Daniel

Associate Professor, Computer Engineering and Sciences

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. Prior to joining Florida Tech, Dr. Otero had over 10 years of industry experience that included various engineering and science positions. He has held positions as software/systems engineer for major defense corporations, research assistant at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellow at the University of South Florida, and structural/civil engineer at Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Dr. Otero has a strong research interest in transportation systems engineering, with particular focus on improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and cost related to structural inspections (e.g., bridge inspections). He has been awarded various competitive research grants at both state and federal levels, leading the research efforts as the Principal Investigator (PI). Recently, Dr. Otero was awarded 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 publications in peer-reviewed scientific academic 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 has presented research work multiple times in academic/industry conferences and has given various invited presentations nationwide (e.g., FDOT, TRB, NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne Jet). He is also an active reviewer of several journal publications and leading conferences in decision-making and systems engineering.

Dr. Otero’s research has been featured various times in newspapers and magazines. These include: Florida Today, Florida Tech Today, Space Coast Living magazine, FIT’s the Current Magazine, and Forward Florida magazine, among others. His interdisciplinary research efforts include collaborations with faculty from the Computer and Civil Engineering departments at Florida Tech. Because of his research contributions to academia and industry, in 2013 Dr. Otero was nominated and elevated to the level of 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

Research Grants (state and federal awards as PI):

  • 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.    

Research Proposals Submitted and Under Review:

  • Principal Investigator, "Unmanned Aerial System with Imaged-Based Algorithms to Measure Deflections in Railroad Bridges", NAS-TRB Safety IDEA Program, (under review). 

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:

Peer-Reviewed Journals:

  • 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, Issue 6, pp. 1774-1783, June 2018.
  • McDougall, J.A. and Otero, L.D., "Optimal Transfer Point Locations in Two-Stage Distribution Systems", IEEE Access Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 1974-1984, Dec. 2017.
  • Otero, L.D. and Otero, C.E., "A Fuzzy Expert System Architecture for Capability Assessments in Skill-Based Environments", Expert Systems with Applications, Vol. 39, Issue 1, pp. 654-662, 2012.
  • Otero, L.D., Centeno, G., Otero, C.E., and Ruiz-Torres, A., "A Fuzzy Goal Programming Model for Skill-Based Personnel Assignments", Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making, Vol. 2, Issue 4, pp. 313-337, 2012.
  • Otero, L.D., Centeno, G., Otero, C.E., and 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, Issue 3, pp. 391-400, 2012.
  • Ruiz-Torres, A., Ablanedo, J., and Otero, L.D., "Scheduling with Multiple Tasks per Job - The Case of Quality Control Laboratories in the Pharmaceutical Indsutry", International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 50, Issue 3, pp. 691-705, 2012.
  • Otero, C.E., Shaw, W.H., Kostanic, I., and Otero, L.D., "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.
  • Otero, L.D., Centeno, G., Ruiz-Torres, A., and Otero, C.E., "A Systematic Approach for Resource Allocation in Software Projects", Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 56, Issue 4, pp. 1333-1339, 2009.
  • Otero, C.E., Kostanic, I., and Otero, L.D., "Development of a Simulator for Stochastic Deployment of Wireless Sensor Networks", Journal of Networks, Vol. 4, No. 8, pp. 754 - 762, 2009.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings:

  • 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", Proceedings of the IEEE SoutheastCon, 2018.
  • Otero, L.D., Moyou, M., and Peter, A., "Initial Proof of Concept on the Use of 3D Models to Identify Structural Deviations of Bridge Components, Proceedings of the IEEE SoutheastCon, 2018.
  • 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", Proceedings of the IEEE SoutheastCon, 2018.
  • Dalli, D., Otero, L.D., and Moyou, M., "Preliminary Design of sUAS Deployment and Transportation System", Proceedings of the IEEE SoutheastCon, 2018.
  • Otero, L.D., Gagliardo, N., Dalli, D.,  and Otero, C.E., "Preliminary Proof of Concept for Using sUAS to Inspect HML Systems", Proceedings of the IEEE Systems Conference (SysCon), 2016.
  • Otero, L.D., Gagliardo, N., Dalli, D.,  and Otero, C.E., "Preliminary sUAV Component Evaluation for Inspecting Transportation Infrastructure Systems", Proceedings of the IEEE Systems Conference (SysCon), 2016. 
  • Jerue, M., Otero, L.D., and Fabregas, A., "A Systems Analysis Framework to Optimize the Utilization of Electric Vehicles at Military Facilities", Proceedings of the IEEE Systems Conference (SysCon), 2015.
  • McDougall, J., Otero, L.D., Avendano, J., and Ejnioui, A., "System Analysis Methods in Emergency Systems", Proceedings of the IEEE Systems Conference (SysCon), 2013.
  • Avendano, J., Otero, L.D., and Cosentino, P., "Towards the Development of a Complex Structural Inspection System Using Small-Scale Aerial Vehicles and Image Processing", Proceedings of the IEEE Systems Conference (SysCon), 2013.
  • Venugopal, V., Otero, L.D., Otero, C.E., and Centeno, G., "A Simulation Model for Evaluating Resource Policies in a Major Emergency Department, Proceedings of the IEEE SoutheastCon, 2012.
  • Otero, C.E., Kostanic, I., Peter, A., Ejnioui, and Otero, L.D., "Intelligent System for Predicting Wireless Sensor Network Performance in On-Demand Deploments", Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Open Systems, 2012.
  • 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 Practice, 2010.
  • 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.