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Best Paper of IT²EC 2023

 IT²EC 2024 - defence training and technology event

Our 2023 event once again featured the Best Paper Award. The result was an enjoyable, high-quality, and forward-leaning technical program for IT²EC delegates. Eight extended abstracts and accompanying presentations were evaluated by the Best Paper Award Committee during the conference. The winner/s of the Best Paper Award was the contribution that most embodied the 2023 theme of IT²EC, 'Accelerating simulation and training for NATO and global partners; enhancing multi-domain operational capabilities'.

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Winning paper: XR Labs - Belgian Defence – Belgian Federal Police

Major Koen Ceulemans, Innovation Officer for the Landcomponent, Belgian Defence

"XR Labs - Belgian Defence – Belgian Federal Police"     

Major Koen Ceulemans (OF-3)

Joined Belgium Defence in 1999, went through the Royal Military Acadamy and became a lieutenant within the Para-commando Regt. Multiple deployments in Africa and Middle East. Since 2016 heavily involved with the transformation to Special Operations Regiment.

Since 2020 started to promote Innovation within the Special Operations Regiment and now seating as Innovation Officer for the Landcomponent.


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Jeroen Nelis, Innovation Manager, Belgian Defence

Jeroen Nelis  

Jeroen Nelis started his career as a student at the royal military academy in 2013 where he had the opportunity to get his degree as an industrial engineer at the KU Leuven. During his master thesis he worked together with the Federal Judicial Police in Belgium on crime scene reconstructions in Virtual Reality. At this time he started working on a VR training simulator for the special forces. He was appointed as Subject Matter Expert in the field of eXtended Reality by the Vice Chief Of Defence.

In October 2021 he started working as Innovation Manager for the Federal Police, where he is technical responsible for the projects of XR labs, a collaboration between the Belgian Defence and the Federal Police in the field of eXtended Reality.


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