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Luis Rabelo
Uses artificial intelligence and simulations to innovate how public and private organizations do business

Luis Rabelo Professor

Dept of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems
Office: Engineering II, Room 417

He is Also:

Co-Director of the Simulation Interoperability Lab
Undergraduate Industrial Engineering Coordinator
Senior Design Coordinator, Industrial Engineering & Management Systems
Graduate Assessment Coordinator

"Our research will lead to a more productive society by providing people with the skills that lead to opportunity."


As an expert in management systems, artificial intelligence (AI) and simulation, Rabelo works with his research team to better understand the industry process, simulate deep learning design, and create next-generation systems. The group works with both public and private organizations to solve real-world problems using AI and simulation solutions designed through brain wave analysis and research. These innovations find success in a shorter period, demand more attention, and offer longer retention than traditional methods of teaching, coaching, and employee training.

Societal Impact

Rabelo says opportunities in his field will be unlimited. His vision for the future is becoming a reality within the walls of his simulation laboratory. With a passion for improving management systems using AI and simulation, Rabelo and his team are helping companies become more efficient, more productive, and more profitable. His larger goal has to do with helping the individual. Rabelo imagines a tomorrow where simulation learning can be accessed right from your cellphones, where people can watch training classes, talk to experts, and practice new techniques in real time.

Graduate Students and Achievements

Currently advising two master’s students and 12 doctoral students; previously advised 35 doctoral students. Rabelo’s students have gone on to work for places such as NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, NASA’s John Glenn Space Research Center, Lockheed Martin, Disney, Duke Energy, and more.


Ph.D. in Engineering Management, University of Missouri

M.S. in Management and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S. in Engineering Management, University of Missouri

M.S. in Management and Engineering, School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology

B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Technological University of Panama

Current Projects

Rabelo is working on multiple resolution modeling patents and inventions. Two of his patents have allowed neural networks to meet the requirements of civil aviation regulations and allows neural networks to fly in civilian aircraft. (US 6,577,960 and US 6,157,894)

Courses He Teaches

EIN 4891C Industrial Engineering Senior Design Project
ESI 4523 Systems Simulation
ESI 5531 Discrete Simulation Systems
EIN 6339 Operations Engineering
EIN 6357 Advanced Engineering Economic Analysis
EIN 5140 Project Engineering


The Simulation Interoperability Laboratory provides a collaborative computing environment that supports the creation, execution, and reuse of simulations that are capable of integrating multidisciplinary models representing the elements of network-centric warfare.

Discoveries/Publication Highlights

Rabelo has 75 journal papers, 280 conference proceeding papers, and 1,982 citations, with an H-Index of 25.

In the News

Sept. 26, 2016 — UCF Today: Ancient Civilizations, Artificial Intelligence — Just a Routine Day for UCF Professor

Nov. 11, 2015 — Telemundo: “Vida Simulada” Special for Telemundo (Latinoamerica and USA) acerca de las Inves-tigaciones del Dr. Rabelo en Simulacion


Distinguished Engineering Educator Award (2012) by The Engineers’ Council. Rabelo received the award “In recognition of his scientific achievements, his outstanding contribution to student engineering activities, his service as a role model to his students and for being a national leader in modeling and simulation education.”

Rabelo has generated more than $3,568,717.00 as Principal and Co-Principal Investigator of numerous projects.