SMST at I/ITSEC 2019

View of the front desk, part of the SMST booth at I/ITSEC 2019.

Welcoming almost 17,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors from around the globe, the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Convention and took place on December 2nd – 6th.

I/ITSEC is held annually right here in beautiful Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. Brilliant exhibitions, special events, professional development workshops, tutorials on key topics, and motivating keynote speakers all make-up this immense week-long event.

SMST takes pride in participating every year with a spectacular booth on the exhibition floor shared with the National Center for Simulation (NCS) and various other sponsors. This year, we debuted a brand new booth with an open and modern design, featuring brand new 55” flat screen TV’s and an updated rotating hanging sign. With awe-inspiring demonstrations from E2i, METIL, Prodigy, and FIEA, I/ITSEC 2019 was a truly a breathtaking experience.

A participant using an Oculus VR headset to reach the top of E2i Creative Studio's leaderboard.

E2i Creative Studios went above and beyond this year, creating a one-of-a-kind demonstration just for our booth. Their interactive leaderboard attracted many visitors, challenging users to get their name in first place. Participants used the new Oculus VR headset to build a rocket while following a blueprint and utilizing parts inside a virtual workshop.

Mayor Buddy Dyer using the Magic Leap 1 during a VIP tour with METIL.

Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) partook in a variety of notable events. The most impressive being their supported VIP tours with military general officers from all branches of the military, state public officials, and Mayor Buddy Dyer’s delegation. In a Focus Event featuring new and emerging augmented technologies, METIL demonstrated a Thought-controlled Augmented Reality (AR) interface, Navy Corpsman Interactive AR assessment, and a 3D Holographic Phone Interface. As a part of their workshop on Blockchain, Cybersecurity, and Simulation, they featured members of the Secret Service, UCF academic partners and Consensus Health.

Vice Admiral Nancy Norton during the CyberTRAINsitions workshop.

The CyberTRAINsitions workshop on Friday, December 6th, organized by Prodigy, brought in over 160 people from across Europe and the United States to discuss issues surrounding humans in cyberspace. In addition to hosting Vice Admiral Nancy Norton, Director of the Defense Information System Agency, this year’s workshop encompassed four tracks focusing on Training and Simulation in Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy, Human Aspects of Cybersecurity, and Promoting Women and Underrepresented Communities in Cyber. This workshop also included a student poster session which featured student projects focused on securing humans in cyberspace.

SMST Deputy Director, Dr. David "Fuzzy" Wells, trying out a video game designed by FIEA students.

The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), ranked #5 on a long list of Graduate Design Programs in the country by the Princeton Review, also took part in the SMST booth. Incredible end-of-year projects and other student work were exhibited by the academy.

It is always a delight for SMST to be a part of such a grand event. We owe a huge ‘Thank You’ to all of the participants and sponsors that helped make this another successful week at I/ITSEC. We are so incredibly grateful for all the time and hard work they put into our booth. It was an amazing experience and we urge you to stay tuned next year because I/ITSEC 2020 will be even better!

Written by: Catherine Delgado


Dec. 18, 2019