news | 17 November 2023

Defense Innovation Unit Participates in Largest Modeling, Simulation, and Training Event - I/ITSEC 2023

I/ITSEC 2023

To showcase current technologies, provide program overviews, and engage with commercial and defense mission partners, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) are participating in the annual Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) conference on November 28th - December 1st in Orlando, Fl.

DIU and NSIN will be located at exhibitor booth 2818 along with the University of Central Florida, the National Center for Simulation, and the Orlando Economic Partnership.

All attendees, innovators, and technologists are invited to meet with representatives from NSIN and DIU’s Human Systems portfolio during  booth “office hours” - as well as interact with commercial vendor exhibits displaying current DIU prototypes throughout the conference.

DIU Office Hours at  Booth 2818

  • Tuesday, Nov. 28th: 1-2:00 p.m. EST w/ Alex Horn & Dustin Yee

  • Tuesday, Nov. 28th: 2-4:00 p.m EST w/ Defense Innovation OnRamp Hub

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29th:  9-11:00 a.m. EST w/ Alex Horn & Dustin Yee

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29th: 1-2:00 p.m. EST w/ Defense Innovation OnRamp Hub

Technology on Display

To engage with  DIU and NSIN vendors, including booths displaying official DIU prototypes, exhibitor booths and technologies include:

  • Booth 3772: ZuLeris is demonstrating its electromagnetic warfare (EMW) training game to train soldiers in EMW environments. Founded by two University of Central Florida students during NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) and Capstone, ZuLeris worked with Army Cyber Command to develop an EW training solution without the costs of live hardware.

  • Booth 1460: Varjo showcasing Metrea's NOR F-16 capability prototyped through the Virtual Training for Air Dominance (VTRAD) project with Varjo's latest Mixed Reality headset technology.

  • Booth 2326:  Vertex and Ryan Aerospace will be showcasing the Multi-Place Mixed Reality (MPMR) TH-1H flight simulator prototype developed under the MPMR contract. The booth  will also have an F-16 mixed reality device and T-38 device that will be running the Metrea-developed aircraft models for the NOR environment also developed under the VTRAD project.

  • Booth 1413: Metrea will also be at the Unreal Engine/Epic Games showcasing their NOR environment. 

  • Booth 3171: Eolian will be at the Magic Leap booth showcasing Eolian’s AR planning technology that has been part of DIU’s Expeditionary 5G project.

Maj. Horn is a DIU Program Manager assigned to the Human Systems Portfolio and a USAF C-17 pilot. He manages many of DIU’s aviation-focused projects, including those in modeling and simulation for training, performance, and fatigue. 

Dustin Yee served as an U.S. Army chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense officer, and has been a part of several early-stage start-ups. He has worked on projects. including pilot physiological monitoring, wearable covid detection and VR/AR for pilot training.

For the sixth year in a row,  members of NSIN leadership will also be in attendance. 

Karen Fray is NSIN’s Chief of Staff. Under her leadership, NSIN provided experiential learning opportunities for talent and generated solutions for DoD.   Karen also serves on the subcommittee of the National Training Simulation Association (NTSA)’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC).

Beverly Seay is NSIN’s Southeast Regional Director and  is an accomplished entrepreneurial modeling and simulation defense industry SME. AT NSIN she is leveraging talent through new partnerships with universities and the venture community to drive national security innovation. Beverly has been inducted into the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame, Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame. 

Cassie Muffley is NSIN’s Acting Defense Innovation OnRamp Hub Program Director,  serving as a catalyst for a diverse population of problem-solvers to deliver actionable solutions to current and future warfighters’ most complex and pressing challenges. Cassie also serves on the  I/ITSEC STEM committee and is running NTSA’s Student  Problem Challenge on Wednesday, November 29th.  Student pitches will take place at 3:30, Booth 3389.  

Event Information

I/ITSEC 2023 will be held in the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), located at 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL. The West Concourse is the event building next to the Rosen Centre Hotel and across the street from the Hyatt Regency Hotel. 

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