World's Largest Modeling and Simulation Event Set to Open in Orlando
ARLINGTON, VA – Exclusive sales-pitch events with the Air Force and U.S. Special Operations and a gathering of congressional movers and shakers in modeling and simulation are among key events at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), Dec. 2-6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
The Air Force is the lead service of the 2019 I/ITSEC, an event of the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association. More than 16,500 attendees are expected at this annual gathering, deemed the largest of its kind in the world. Nearly 500 companies and academic and research organizations from around the world will exhibit at this year’s event, demonstrating how their modeling and simulation products can advance national security needs.
- For Air Force Pitch Day, Thursday, Dec. 5, the service’s Small Business Innovation Research program and its Simulators Program Office host a forum for proposals that offer creatively repurposed technologies for training systems to suit the Air Force’s needs. The guidance for this event is available here.
- For Special Operations Command leaders and services members, their Simulation Technologies Capability Assessment Event, Wed., Dec. 4, will give eight chosen vendors a shot to sell the panel on their emerging simulation technologies -- from virtual and augmented reality to artificial intelligence and machine learning -- to increase cognition and reduce operational risks.
- U.S. lawmakers – including Reps. Bobby Scott, Stephanie Murphy, John Rutherford all co-chairs of the Modeling and Simulation Congressional Caucus – are invited to congressional event Monday, Dec. 2, to make their case for strong funding in this important area of training and readiness.
These showcase happenings are among 41 special events at I/ITSEC that feature a wide range of technologies in synthetic environments; that use augmented reality, virtual reality and extended reality; that create immersive training and learning experiences and more. Big data analytics, cyber technologies, quantum computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence are just some of the subjects of this gigantic event, all with a purpose of speeding these technologies into the hands of service members.