The IT²EC expo and conference returns to London to reunite the modelling, simulation and training community at the ExCel Centre.
Press Release, London, 26 April 2022: This week IT²EC 2022 reunites the modelling, simulation and training community at the ExCel Centre in London to connect and share knowledge about the technologies underpinning current and future training solutions. The show welcomes thought leaders and innovators from across the sector for a three-day event structured around the central theme of ‘Navigating rapidly evolving technologies for Training and Education’.
Day One of the conference began with opening remarks from Gary Waterfall, Senior Defence Advisor, Clarion Defence & Security, and Rusmat Ahmed, IT²EC 2022 Committee Chair. The keynote address followed at 09:45 from Air Marshall Ian Gale MBE MBA MA CMgr FCMI, Director-General, Defence Academy and Joint Force Development, UK Strategic Command, who was joined at 10:00 by Colonel Heath McCormick, Commander of the Joint Multinational Simulation Center, ATC, and Major General Richard Oppelaar, Commander, Netherlands Defence Academy, for the Keynote Discussion.
The Keynote Panel took place at 11:30. Chair Matthew Smith, Director of Analysis, Shephard Media, was joined by Karen Saunders, Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, United States Army and Nick Taylor, Head of Soldier, Training and Special Project Portfolio, DE&S, for a discussion on the US/UK Procurement Act.
The main conference then split into three strands: ‘Human Factors and Performance’, ‘Technologies and Architectures’, and ‘Emerging Solutions’. In the DisTec theatre, the first session began at 11:30 with a presentation on ‘The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA): Tackling defence challenges for a safer future’ from Anita Friend, Head of DASA. Presentations followed across the day with speakers from Hadean, Cervus Defence, BAE Systems, MAK Technologies, Varjo, Epic Games, Lockheed Martin UK, Vertex; and a session looking at ‘Using Data to Accelerate Live, Virtual, and Constructive Training in the US Marine Corps’, from Garrett Loeffelman, Science, Technology, and Analysis Lead, Training and Education Command (TECOM), Jesse Attig, Modeling & Simulation Officer for MAGTF Training Command (MAGTFTC) aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), and Ryan Brown, Resource Integration Coordinator, Training and Education Command’s Training Support Center, USMC.
On the exhibition floor, organisations showcased and demonstrated cutting-edge training and simulation technologies and services. In addition to leading industry innovators, visitors found NATO represented by the Modelling and Simulation Group (NMSG) and Allied Command Transformation (ACT), where visitors could learn more about the M&S Application Area of Military Training and M&S Standardization, uses of M&S in research, concept development and experimentation, and advanced distributed learning. The UK’s DASA was also represented on the show floor, showcasing how it finds and funds exploitable innovation for the defence and security of the UK, and supports UK prosperity.
Visitors to IT²EC 2022, which runs until Thursday 28th, will also find a new Technology Lounge as part of DisTec, where exhibitors will host live demos of wearable tech, AI/Machine Learning, Robotics and 5G networking. The lounge is entirely free-of-charge and offers attendees a hands-on experience of real-life applications, such as arson investigation, firefighter training and armed police response.