Interoperable by design: connecting people, technology, and nations
ITEC 2019 will be in Sweden, which since 1999 has been leading the VIKING series of exercises alongside participants from the United Nations, European Union, civilian authorities, police, military and representatives from humanitarian organisations. VIKING is a practical extension of efforts to improve mission readiness in a time- and resource-effective manner - to build interoperable military and civil defence, and to build on work already undertaken by NATO to better connect joint forces within, across, and among nations. It is also an effort to understand each other to overcome cultural barriers, and thus highlight opportunities for collaboration that exist among individuals, teams, groups, and enterprises from different domains, perspectives, and nations.
ITEC 2019 is extending the spirit of the VIKING challenge to the ITEC community and calling for papers that address how to make our military forces and civil responders interoperable by design.
People are at the heart of what ITEC is about and our key objective is to empower those who serve their nations in joint, combined, and distributed contexts. The ITEC 2019 theme focuses on ways in which members from research, industry, and operations work together to enhance international collaboration by stepping outside our siloed comfort zones to connect people, technology, and nations. Relevant submission topics may include the use of novel educational models to better prepare people for joint training; equitable and diverse methods of training delivery, and culturally-aware evaluation for military and civil defence forces. Ensuring that joint training and intercultural education are accessible to the training audience, honouring cultural identities, and ensuring that stereotypes, prejudices, biases, or assumptions do not become barriers to collaboration and interoperability are key challenges addressed by our theme, interoperable by design.
How people may use innovative technology for more effective and efficient training and education is a mainstay of ITEC; and in 2019 it will be given greater emphasis. Papers on more effective and efficient use of available technology and anticipated, possibly disruptive, future technologies are welcome for ITEC 2019 in Stockholm. As such, 2019 also gives way to greater emphasis on redefining the role of human factors in future technology-mediated environments.
SISO and the efforts of NATO’s M&S Group are known to many. The key challenge of how legacy, new, and emerging technologies can be made interoperable, not only between militaries but between all agencies that work in high demand situations, will be at the heart of the discussion on technologies and architectures at ITEC 2019. The subject of interoperability is also actively picked up in the civil emergency response community, for example in the EU DRIVER+ Project and by working groups at EFSCA – European Fire Service Colleges Association. Authors are requested to consider this aspect in submissions pertaining to the subject of technologies and architectures in training and education.
Nations may have unique imperatives as well as those they share with others when considering national defence and the protection of civilian populations. These imperatives are driven by external and internal factors such as population, geography, climate, resources, and the choices made by each society in response to both their national and international environment. The current international situation is causing many nations to re-evaluate their choices, and to re-examine the models they have adopted for their military and civil forces. Sweden’s Defence Policy 2016-2020 makes clear the choices that ITEC 2019’s host nation has considered and is taking forward. ITEC welcomes submissions on the process of reflection and change from policy thinkers, analysts, researchers, and operators, especially those currently serving in military, first responder, logistics, medical, and civil defence forces. Foci of interest to ITEC include how choices currently being considered or executed will impact respective training and education needs and audiences—in the present, as well as in the future. How such choices impact the design of future force interoperability is also a factor the ITEC Committee would like authors to particularly consider as they prepare submissions to the conference.
ITEC 2019 provides a platform for the military and civil safety & security communities to exchange and improve knowledge on innovation, simulation effectiveness and interoperability. Civil solution providers, researchers and training providers are encouraged to submit papers for the 2019 ITEC Call for Papers.
The ITEC 2019 Conference has three main tracks. During the submission process authors will be requested to identify which track their submission is written for:
• Human Factors and Performance in a Connected Age
This track represents the core human, social, cultural, & behavioural (HSCB) theme for ITEC and will include papers that address
- Utility and design of joint, interoperable military and civil exercises
- Human – machine collaboration and teaming
- Intercultural understanding, cooperation, and communication to include but not limited to military, fire, refugee management, first responder, and law enforcement communities
- Trainee behaviour recording, modelling, and analysis
- Evaluating and understanding human decision-making and performance
- Automated knowledge capture, assessment, and evidence-based training
- Connected educational delivery including didactics, learning, and memory
- HSCB data analytics for large-scale, distributed exercises
Special consideration will be given to papers that explore new ways of designing interoperability into a socio-technical system that motivates intercultural collaboration from a Human Factors perspective.
• Technologies and Architectures
This track represents the core technical theme for ITEC. Papers on technical developments advancing the use of collaborative, cooperative, or innovative processes are particularly welcome. Papers will address
- M&S as a Service delivery
- C2 and Simulation interoperability
- Blended Live, Virtual and Constructive simulations
- Simulation of cyber-physical security systems for training
- Computer generated players that are culturally aware
- Mission specific synthetic environment generation
- Models derived from Big Data (e.g. social media and other sources)
- Predictive simulations that measure command competence
Special consideration will be given to papers that explore new ways of designing interoperability into a socio-technical system that motivates intercultural collaboration from a technical perspective.
• Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Needs, Emerging Solutions
This track represents the core applications theme for ITEC and will include papers in the following domains:
- Advances in large-scale, distributed collaboration and training
- Cyber and Physical Security training and education
- Military and Civil First Responder
- Simulation for development of new SOP’s (standard operating procedures)
- New media to include serious games, mobile, and transmedia cross-platform
- Application of mixed, augmented, and virtual reality in high risk or high security training environments to include methods using a combination of classic live or table-top training and MR, AR and VR
- Solutions to enhance immersion and realism in simulation training, e.g. aimed at fire & rescue skills training (tool handling, extrication, use of drones, forest fighting, etc.)
- Simulation in medical training at individual patient level as well as mass casualty management in civil, military and joint context
Special consideration will be given to submissions that address new and innovative solutions to current, perceived, and emerging challenges; the needs of tomorrow and/or shaping future trends, especially those driving interoperable design of people, technology, and nations.
Authors will also be asked to identify any specific areas their paper addresses from the following:
• Civil Protection, including Civil First Responders
• Civil Defence, Safety & Security
• Law Enforcement
• Fire & Rescue
• Military, including Navy, Army, Air Force, Space and Joint Enablers
• Military Reserves
• Civilian Support
• Future Forces
• Home Guard/Homeland Security/ Territorial and Naval Forces
• Cyber Security
• Physical Security
• Medical or Public Health Personnel
• Non-Governmental Organizations.
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Submission Process and Deadlines
02 August 2018 – Call for Papers open
12 October 2018 – Abstracts and presentation outlines due and call for papers closed
16 November 2018 – Notification of acceptance
15 December 2018 – Draft extended abstracts and draft presentation slides deadline
30 January 2019 – Authors receive committee feedback on extended abstracts and slides
30 March 2019 – Final extended abstracts and presentation slides to be received by Clarion
Authors should submit high-quality abstracts by using the form provided on the ITEC website. Providing as much detail as possible and clearly describing the focus of your presentation and benefit to the ITEC community will greatly enhance your submission.
Note that we require the development of a 2-page extended abstract upon abstract acceptance. An extended abstract is essentially a short paper that contains references, discussion of research, topic, etc.