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Special Events 

This is the listing of previous Special Events. The upcoming Program will be defined by early Fall.

Each year I/ITSEC hosts a series of special events that reflect topical areas in the world of Modeling, Simulation and Training. From looking into the future of medical simulation to seeing what Hollywood's most cutting edge effects wizards can bring to the industry, I/ITSEC's Special Events are always innovative and informative.

For even more detailed information see the  Special Events section of the Program Guide for 2013.
You may also be interested in the  Conference Agenda.

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 Congressional Modeling and Simulation Event

 Monday 1030-1200

 Extraordinary interest is expected for the 2013 I/ITSEC Congressional M&S Event presentation in light of budget reductions and the impact of sequestration. The struggles in Congressional debates over critical defense operations and issues that have dominated the news leading up to I/ITSEC in no way reduce the need for technology based training.  In fact, there is an urgency of training simulation needs as the nation endures continuing
demands in the face of reductions, not only in funding but also fewer people in the force structure. Congressional M&S Caucus Members are keenly aware of the urgency, as demonstrated by their commitment and support at the most recent Capitol Hill M&S Expo on July 10, 2013. I/ITSEC attendees can show their support by encouraging Congressional Representatives to expand their knowledge of M&S matters, not just for the military, but also the expanding national interest in the benefits and cost savings of simulation.


Doing Business Globally

 Monday 1400-1530

Even with the steady growth of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the process of procuring and entering into government-to-government sales can be daunting. The FMS program is DoD’s mechanism to facilitate the procurement, logistics, and delivery of defense-related products and services as outlined by the Arms Export Control Act. In order for DoD to enter into these contracts with foreign countries and international organizations, specific steps must be followed to secure a government-to-government agreement.
This event, sponsored by I/ITSEC International Programs, will provide an introduction to the key FMS leaders from the training and simulation sectors within the four U.S. military services. Panelists will provide an overview of their FMS charter, processes, typical timelines, and possible pitfalls to avoid when working through FMS requirements to secure FMS contracts. Participants attending this event will gain:
The final portion of this event will provide an overview of the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program. The mission of the FCT Program is to test items and technologies of our foreign allies and friends that have a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) in order to satisfy valid defense requirements more quickly and economically. In fulfilling this mission, FCT continues to be a uniquely successful acquisition tool from a U.S. Government-to-Foreign Industry standpoint. The FCT Program has served as a catalyst for industry teaming arrangements, which have been productive for both U.S. and foreign industries in an increasingly competitive global market.


Warfighters' Corner:  Booth 2781

 Tuesday 1530-1700
 Wednesday 1030-1200
Thursday 1030-1200
  Warfighters’ Corner provides a forum for hearing the personal experiences of those individuals who ultimately derive the greatest benefit from I/ITSEC and the organizations that support this significant event. Each session will feature veterans recently returned from the combat zones. Service representatives will tell their stories, their personal experiences, and present their views of what has or has not been effective in terms of tactics, techniques and equipment related to their day-to-day operations and training. Many of the speakers have served multiple tours in theater and have a sense of perspective of important issues over time. All Warfighters’ Corner sessions will have representatives of each of the Services at each session.

 General/Flag Officer Panel

 Tuesday 1030-1200
 The theme for the 2013 I/ITSEC, Concepts and Technologies: Empowering an Agile Force, is especially relevant in light of the budgetary constraints currently faced by the Department of Defense. This further complicates the multitude of missions and circumstances that already challenges the readiness of the force. The Services’ ability to augment and even replace the use of operational assets through more realistic and effective training and simulation is a critical link in providing our Armed Forces and first responders with the skills necessary to meet and dominate these challenges. This year’s General/Flag Officer Panel consists of senior leaders who each play a role in ensuring the operational readiness of their respective Service and of the Department of Defense. They will address their views and perspectives on how the Services are optimizing operational training within the constraints of prolonged budgetary pressure, while simultaneously conducting near-term operations and maintaining a posture of readiness for the Nation’s security.


Fellows Program: Colonel James Shiflett "Observations on the Development and Implemtation of Distributed Simulation"

 Wednesday 0830-1000
  We recognize Colonel James E. Shiflett, USA (Ret.), as the 2013 I/ITSEC Fellow. Colonel Shiflett has long been recognized as a leading technical innovator within the US Army and DARPA. He has led seminal programs within the training and simulation community, including the original DARPA SIMNET program and the Army’s Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT). He originated the concepts behind the first development of Semi-Automated Forces (and created the SAF name as well), describing their first implementations as something like the “night of the living dead”. Colonel Shiflett also created and led the original Synthetic Environment Data Representation and Interchange Specification (SEDRIS) program. Colonel Shiflett was the first Technical Director of the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO). He is currently Vice President for Program Management at SAIC.
In this presentation, Colonel Shiflett draws on his wealth of experience that spans command of active forces to functional and programmatic design for emerging technologies (SIMNET, CCTT, SEDRIS, SAF) to develop lessons learned for training development. He blends these lessons with awareness of near-term technological capability to postulate an ideal M&S enabled training strategy for the years ahead.
This special event provides a rare opportunity to interact with a visionary leader as he describes necessary developments that will allow continued growth and progress in our training communities.


Training Technologies: Vision of the Future

 Tuesday 1400-1530
This year’s conference theme, Concepts and Technologies: Empowering an Agile Force, recognizes that the rapid advancement of new technologies and procedures will be the cornerstone of success during times of great uncertainty and sustained financial and personnel pressures. In 2012, a select group of Senior General/Flag/Chief Technology Officers addressed the challenge of leading their S&T/R&D initiatives and bringing innovation to the forefront. This year’s panel will focus on how each Service and OSD plans to accelerate the transition of their latest research and development efforts while offering their vision for the future. During the course of their discussions, the panelists will offer examples of recent achievements in transitioning new technologies and capabilities to the warfighter. This discussion will also provide insight into initiatives that have the greatest future benefit for ensuring we have the most versatile and agile force to meet the warfighting challenges of the future.


Intelligent Systems: Designing for the Future

Tuesday 1600-1730
 Reduced budgets and an increasing need to support flexible, self-regulated learning environments highlight the need for intelligent solutions for future training systems. This expert panel will provide insights to how intelligent systems technology may be applied to future training and education. The panel discussion will cover current capabilities and identify research investments needed to realize highly intelligent and affordable learning solutions to enable an agile force in the future. Expert talks will cover:
• Conversation Patterns that Promote Learning in Intelligent Tutoring
• Making Serious Games Smart
• Data Mining to Track and Support Robust Learning in Intelligent Systems
• Intelligent Systems for Virtual Training


Entering the Commercial Healthcare M&S Market

Tuesday 1600-1730

This Society for Simulation in Healthcare sponsored panel will help defense industry members to better understand the challenges and potential rewards that come from diversifying into the healthcare M&S market. The commercial healthcare system in the United States serves more than 311 million people at a cost of $2.7 trillion dollars-nearly 18% of the Gross Domestic Product. A 2010 study by the Commonwealth Fund found that Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries, but get “lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system” when compared to Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. In fact, 50% of all the money spent on healthcare worldwide is spent on just 5% of the world population.
Our healthcare cost and quality problems can be positively impacted through the expanded use of M&S. M&S techniques, tools, and products can be leveraged to improve patient safety (a training and expertise issue) as well as business processes (via analytics). The defense M&S industry can leverage its M&S development and adoption expertise in this healthcare M&S market. This panel will present a cogent analysis of the commercial healthcare M&S market, discussing typical requirements and research endeavors and hearing from two defense companies that are diversifying into this market. Questions from the audience will be entertained throughout the presentations.



Wednesday 1030-1200
Today’s Cyberspace threats represent a clear and present danger to every level of society. Join prominent figures in Industry, Department of Defense, and academia who face the cyberspace threat daily to discuss the future of cyberspace threats and countermeasures. Ask questions of cyber experts at the cutting edge of government, industry, and education. Learn more about increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and consequences from insider threats, hacktivists, cyber criminals, terrorist, patriotic hackers and nation states. Panelists will highlight training, industry, and academia as critical partners in maturing the nation’s cyberspace capabilities.


Best Papers from Around the Globe:
A Collection of Best Papers from SimTecT and ITEC

Wednesday 1600-1730
The Education Subcommittee continues its sponsorship of the “Best From Around the Globe” session, featuring the papers judged as the best by the ITEC 2013 and SimTecT 2013 Conference. Bringing together the Best Papers from other premier simulation and training conferences around the world, the Best from Around the Globe session highlights work recognized in I/ITSEC’s sister conferences abroad. This year we feature Best Papers from our sister conferences SimTecT, held annually in Australia and ITEC, held this year in London.

 Ignite at I/ITSEC2013

Wednesday 1600-1730
Have you ever sat through a 60-minute talk and lamented that there was only five minutes of content? Imagine, if you will, a place and time where 60-minute speeches are delivered in five minutes. You gain back 55 minutes of your life. Awesome, right? Well, that time has come, it is at I/ITSEC now, and the place is Ignite!
The I/ITSEC version of Ignite focuses on topics that are relevant and thought-provoking, and which embody this year’s conference theme of Concepts and Technologies: Empowering an Agile Force. Building on that, this year’s Ignite theme is, The Future is… . So bring your short attention span and prepare to be inspired, entertained, educated and amazed by an array of talented speakers that each deliver five minutes of targeted, compelling, and sometimes even provocative content. Nine passionate presenters make up this special event and each talk is jam-packed with inspiration and information using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, creating a fun and dynamic event.


Transmedia Learning

Wednesday 1600-1730
Institutional agility is enhanced when training is scaled to reach large groups who learn simultaneously by leveraging new media and the students’ knowledge and experiences. In the current climate of constrained resources and uncertain futures, operational agility depends on just-in-time, pre-deployment training capable of reaching thousands of individuals anytime, anywhere.
This provocative panel will explore a new Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness) concept, transmedia learning. A popular trend in entertainment is called transmedia storytelling—which is the art of hooking your audience with a compelling story that unfolds across multiple media including games, graphic novels, web series, social media, and films. The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness) is extending this storytelling approach to learning. Transmedia learning has the potential to turbo-charge training and education with rich, evolving content delivered via diverse media and massively open online courses (MOOC) that scale to reach thousands simultaneously, fill gaps in knowledge quickly, and foster peer-learning via social media.
The panel will investigate the following questions: Why transmedia learning, now? How does transmedia learning contribute to empowering an agile force? How do we move forward as a community and what trends are on the horizon? What is the role of modeling & simulation in transmedia learning? What are the opportunities and limitations of the approach?
Join us for this exciting discussion that can change the way you think about training.
Engaging the Unfamiliar: Training for Regional Stability Operations
Thursday 0830-1000
We operate in an unpredictable and culturally diverse world. When government and industry cross borders and continents in pursuit of their respective objectives they both encounter cultural and communication challenges; challenges that are often solved in different and innovative ways.
As the Department of Defense works to build lasting relationships through sustained engagement, the need to support a common vision with flexible practitioners will become ever more important. As we go forward, there will be an increasing requirement for the skills to assess a new cultural environment and adapt to it in the performance of our missions. The integration of innovative and adaptable methods into training programs for new “international markets” will give those promoting regional stability an increased ability to sense and prepare, rather than react. Inventive approaches and training models used by successful international brands have the potential to enhance the Department’s ability to rapidly plan and execute stability operations worldwide.


Artificial Intelligence for Social Interaction Simulation

Thursday 0830-1000
In January 2013 the Pentagon unveiled a 2013 budget plan that would cut $487 billion in spending over the coming decade. Sequestration cuts will impose an additional burden. Historically, training has been hard hit when budgets have fallen. Reductions in deployments, cancelled exercises and an increased emphasis on home-station training are raising concerns about how to maintain present levels of personnel training and readiness.
Virtual training technologies hold promise for creating on-demand exercises at homestation without the need for costly human role-players. However, virtual training currently falls short of delivering rich, believable and responsive first-person interactions between the trainee and virtual humans. Just as human role-players are a critical component of live training, compelling virtual role players are essential for effective training in a virtual world.
An additional consideration is the growing recognition that social competency and interpersonal communication skills are critical adjuncts to traditional warfighter skills. Looking forward, our warfighters likely will be called upon to pursue missions and achieve objectives in unfamiliar cultural settings, without the benefits of a shared language, and without relying solely on force as a means to gain compliance.
This special event features a panel of academic and industry practitioners in social interaction simulation to illustrate the approaches being pursued, successes, challenges, and potential payoffs. Government representatives will articulate the training requirements and deployment considerations associated with these technologies. There will be ample time for discussion.


Geospatial Environment Database Standards

Thursday 1030-1200
The Geospatial Environmental Database Standards meeting has been a side meeting for several years during I/ITSEC, attracting approximately 100 attendees annually. Previously limited only by room-size and word-of-mouth publicity, the meeting now has an official place in this Program Agenda.
The Geospatial Environmental Database Standards activity, originally organized by AFRL and since run by M&SCO and the M&S COI, provides a forum for the major Service/Command geospatial database producers to update the community on their products, standards, and processes. The forum provides a unique opportunity for the producers to share their plans and challenges with dataset customers, data suppliers, and other interested parties, and also explore new capabilities such as developing standards and emerging services. This activity is fostering data sharing and reuse across the M&S Enterprise and converging on common standards. The result is reduced data production times to empower the agile force.

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