Primary research interest involves human-in-the-loop control and decision systems. Dr. Vela has worked on projects involving modeling, simulation, and analysis of air transportation systems. Efforts include coupled pilot-control-aircraft models; aircraft blunder and anomaly detection systems; next-generation collision avoidance systems; safety analysis of NextGen concepts; and agent-based simulations of air transportation systems.
- Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011
- M.S. – Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2006
- B.S. – Mechanical Engineering, University of Berkeley, 2003