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. Prior to joining Florida Tech, Dr. Otero had over 10 years of significant industry and practical 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). In 2014, 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. Currently, his external funding awards have resulted in total project costs of over $500,000.

Dr. Otero has authored over 50 publications in peer-reviewed scientific academic journals and conference proceedings. He is the author of a book chapter called Managing Software Engineering Projects (the book has been adopted by top tier universities). 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 (e.g., IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management).

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 Electrical 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 (over $500,000 in project costs 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, "Evaluating Subsystem Alternatives to Prototype a Multi-Sensor UAS for Infrastructure Inspections", FDOT Research Center, (under review). Submitted on December 2015. 

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.