Editor’s Note: With I/ITSEC 2018kicking off this week, the Modern Military Training editorial team wanted to share a message directly from NTSA’s President, RADM James Robb, USN (Ret.). The note penned by RADM Robb below was originally shared in the NTSA monthly newsletter. In his note, RADM Robb discusses what to expect at the show this week, including a few of the featured keynote speakers, how technologies like AI plays into this year’s theme of “Launching Innovation in Learning: Ready, Set, Disrupt!” and the unveiling of the show’s Launch Pad program. You can read his full note below:
Welcome to I/ITSEC 2018! The world’s largest training and simulation conference celebrates over five decades of excellence. The I/ITSEC team has worked diligently over the past year to produce what I think is their best-ever program. The exhibit hall is the focal point of market research for training and simulation systems, and there is an abundance of personal development and training opportunities available throughout the week. My most sincere thanks to the over 300 volunteers from all domains that passionately pursue and provide cutting edge concepts, technologies and programs to the training community.
I/ITSEC’s five-day program includes 142 technical papers, 34 tutorials, 25 workshops and 32 special events that will be attended by nearly 4,000 delegates representing over 50 countries. We will start Monday with a congressional event highlighting the reshaped Modeling and Simulation Congressional Caucus led by Congresspersons Rep. Bobby Scott, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Rep. Scott Taylor and Rep. John Rutherford. We have an extremely strong opening ceremony with a keynote from Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Global Services. Invited as Government Keynote, is Admiral Christopher W. Grady, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Northern Command. On Wednesday morning, we have a special event featuring key General Officers from the United States Marine Corps to discuss their challenges to training and readiness.
This year’s theme – “Launching Innovation in Learning: Ready, Set, Disrupt!” – is very much tailored to support military initiatives aimed at bringing training and education programs into the digital age. We are focusing specifically on the potential to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into training and simulation systems and will continue our emphasis on big data and big data analytics to improve human performance. AI and Big Data will be multi-year mega themes.
We have other events following the Learning theme that explore Unlocking Learning Science for a more Lethal Force, the Future of Artificial Intelligence in Training and Education, and the Challenges of bringing AI to Intelligent Tutoring. We have a strong International program focused on innovation in the classroom, European Perspectives on Blended Learning, as well as a host of events working challenges in the key enabling areas of integration, cybersecurity and common data bases and cloud-hosted training services.
NTSA is committed to accelerating acquisition and is bringing its own OTA-like innovation to the I/ITSEC show floor in the form of a new program called “Launch Pad.” Over the past year, we solicited proposals for demonstrating cutting edge technology at I/ITSEC to a select group of government decision makers. The whitepapers submitted have been screened for government interest and will be demonstrated on the show floor. This is another means of getting cutting edge technology into the hands of the government.
NTSA continues to invest in technology that improves the attendee and exhibitor experience at I/ITSEC. This year we are building on the success of our new Show Management application that allows attendees and exhibitors to digitally interact with the conference schedule and the “digital show floor.” Attendees will be able to “plan your show” by searching and sorting conference and show content in real time. The enhanced exhibitor profiles include highlights, videos and the ability to set up visits and interact with booth personnel. Exhibitors and Attendees, please ensure you take advantage of these features.
Thanks for joining me and over 16,000 of your international teammates in Orlando for the largest training and simulation event on the planet. Let’s make the most of it.
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