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 2018 Special Events

The Simulation Century – The Leap from Big Data to Immersive Intelligence

Our sixth annual session will address the growing issue of managing the human/ machine interface as we hurtle towards the Singularity. We will continue our discussion of how to achieve fluency with smarter balance between humans and machines to optimize outcomes. The Simulation Century Panel presentations this year will focus on technologies that immerse us more deeply in digital simulations.

Moderator: Mr. Richard Boyd, CEO, Tanjo, Inc.


  • Mr. Richard Boyd, CEO Tanjo
  • Mike Conlow, Head of Technology Consulting, Blue State Digital
  • Jason Jerald, Co-Founder NextGen Interactions
  • David Smith, CEO Vision
  • Stephanie Trunzo, VP Globant

Senior Leader Panel

Senior Leaders from Government and Industry will share their insights on successfully executing a digital strategy, which includes the integration of M&S into an organization's core value chain. Panel will discuss the critical elements that make up a digital strategy. Following their comments, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the issues facing these leaders and the issues that M&S technology transformation can potentially address.

Moderator: RADM James Robb, USN (Ret), President, NTSA


  • Dr. Harri Ketamo, Founder & Chairman, HeadAI
  • Dr. Patrick Lincoln, Computer Science Laboratory, SRI International
  • Dr. James Moreland, OUSD A&S/A/Tactical Warfare Systems, Acting DASD(TWS) & Director, Naval Warfare
  • Dr. Sae Schatz, Director, Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative
  • Dr. John Tangney, Division Director, Office of Naval Research

Panel: Big Data, High Performance Computing, and Simulation

Big data is…well…getting bigger. Bigger in size, bigger in business impact, and bigger in the infrastructure required to mine data and run artificial intelligence models. High performance computing (HPC) emerged in the 1960s as a way for a single computer to process information faster. They enabled better weather forecasting and aerodynamic research. Seymour Cray quipped, “If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use: Two strong oxen or 1,024 chickens?" Fifty years later, supercomputers run molecular dynamics simulations based on massively parallel processing on many smaller, but capable, clusters. History reveals the response to Cray’s question, “1,024 chickens, please.” Using multiple clusters is the essence of modern computing. They are also present in our laptops. This panel will discuss the current state of HPC as well as future trends. Panelists will share their perspectives on how HPC is affecting their sectors – giving attendees an opportunity to consider their own enterprises in light of growing access to HPC resources.

Jay Gendron
, Associate Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Dr. Eric Weisel, Acting Executive Director, Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center


  • Dr. Justin Brunelle, Lead Researcher, MITRE Corporation
  • John Carl, Director, Army Account Group, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Dr. Sunita Dodani, Founding Director, EVMS-Sentara Healthcare Analytics and Delivery Science Institute (HADSI)
  • Dr. Michael Goodrich, Model Builder, USAA
  • Rusty Waterfield, Associate Vice President for University Services & Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services, Old Dominion University

M&S Challenge Competition Presentation

The M&S Challenge Competition is a unique event where talented individual use the power of M&S to solve problems important to their community, government, business or industry sector. Developers, analysts, and subject matter experts participate in this competition and demonstrate the power of M&S. The four teams selected for the finals will present their projects and answer questions from the judges. Live audience voting will be included in the scores for selecting the overall best M&S solution. All conference attendees are encouraged to attend this event and vote

Innovation Corner: Virtual and Mixed Reality Showcase

In conjunction with the Innovation Panel @ MODSIM, the Innovation Corner is dedicated to demonstrating technologies that are pushing the envelope. We're packing VR, Haptics and Genetic Engineering into the Innovation Corner for 2018. Stop by, check out the demos and chat with Innovation Panel speakers at this unique event


  • VR Haptics Demonstration: JANUS Research
  • CRISPR Synthetic Biology Demo: Plas.md
  • HoloJOC HoloLens Joint Operations Center: Engineering and Computer Simulations


The MODSIM STEM event provides the conference a unique opportunity to contribute directly to the school experience of the youth who are just beginning to formulate their dreams for the future. The US Department of Commerce projects that growth in STEM occupations, like those in modeling and simulation (M&S), will outpace the growth in other occupations at nearly twice the rate. Developing solutions for climate change, energy sustainment, infrastructure, biomedicine, epidemiology, national security, and more requires STEM literacy. To become our nation's future innovators, our students need to not only understand technology but also embrace science, engineering, and math. STEM needs to excite and inspire our digital natives. During the MODSIM STEM event, approximately 125 area high school students will get the opportunity to see firsthand the world of M&S. Students will rotate through hands-on M&S demonstrations provided in the exhibit hall to see STEM in action.

Defense and Homeland Security Panel

Use and Advancement of M&S Technologies for Defense and Security

The moderated panel discussion will highlight the innovative use of technology and data to facilitate:

  • Complex decision making in areas such as cyber and energy security, spectrum management, acquisition and interoperability
  • Advanced training and education, including blended and distributed learning


Moderator: LCDR Chris Davidson, Royal Australian Navy.


  • Dr. Van Brewer, External R&D Principal, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative
  • Dr. Syed Mohammad, Director, HSARPA Modeling and Simulation
  • Dr. David Fautua, Chief, Individual Training & Learning, Deployable Training Division, Joint Staff J7, Training
  • Brian Vogt (LTC, USA), NATO Allied Command Transformation

Facilitated Brainstorming

Simulation for the Common Man: How do We Make M&S Accessible?

Given the power of insight and learning that simulation provides, you might question why simulation is not more widely used. This facilitated interactive brainstorming session intends to discuss this question and others to try and understand how our M&S community can reach new users and decision makers. Part of our goal is to try and understand what our equivalent to the “got milk?” slogan would be. All attendees welcome.

External Event: Modeling and Simulation Coalition (NMSC) Workshop

The National Modeling & Simulation Coalition (NMSC) is an unincorporated, voluntary, nonprofit coalition sponsored by and composed of government, industrial and educational organizations and professional societies having a common interest in promoting and leveraging M&S to better the human condition and to strengthen the National well-being. The mission of the NMSC is to create a unified national community of individuals and organizations around the M&S discipline and professional practice and to be the principal advocate for M&S. This event is a meeting of the NMSC. Please join us even if you are not already a member!

2018 Defense Keynote

MG Maria Gervais

Major General Maria R. Gervais, Deputy Commanding General, Combined Arms Center - Training.
For more information on Major General Maria R. Gervais, view her biography here.

2018 Congressional Keynote

Congressman Bobby Scott

We are proud to announce that Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will present the Keynote Address on Tuesday April 24th.

2019 Government Keynote 


Sae Schatz, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative, a research and development program under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training, view her biography here.

2019 Industry Keynote

Brian Fields

MODSIM World 2019 is proud to announce that Brian Fields, vice president of Business Transformation for Newport News Shipbuilding will present the Keynote Address on Monday April 22nd. Check out Mr. Brian Field's biography here.

2018 Defense Keynote

BG Stephen Neary

Brigadier General Stephen Neary, Deputy Director, Joint Training, Joint Staff J7.
For more information on BG Stephen Neary, view his biography here.

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