Conference Pillars


Addressing an overarching Digital Twin theme, the IT²EC conference offers delegates a choice of concurrent sessions across three pillars:

  1. Technologies and Architectures

  2. Human Factors and Performance in a Digital Twin Age

  3. Emerging Solutions: Propelling Today’s Advances into the Digital Twin Age

Scroll down for more information about what to expect from each pillar.


1.    Technologies and Architectures


This track represents the core technical theme for IT²EC. 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 simulation architectures
  • Simulation of cyber-physical security systems for training 
  • Computer generated players that are culturally aware and able to explain their behavior when queried
  • Rapid mission specific synthetic environment generation
  • Digital Twin models derived from Big Data (e.g. instrumented equipment, social media and other sources) which are continuously updated by new information
  • Logging, Monitoring and Analysis tools that assess individual and team performance and competence in synthetic environments


Special consideration will be given to papers that explore new ways of designing interoperability into a socio-technical system in the R-S-R cycle and Digital Twin Age, that motivates intercultural collaboration from a technical perspective.

2.    Human Factors and Performance in a Digital Twin Age

Human Factors

This track represents the core Human, Social, Cultural and Behavioural (HSCB) theme for IT²EC and will include papers that address:

  • Virtual Instructors, mentors, and assistants
  • Human modeling and avatars
  • Ethics of Digital Twin and AI or ML-enabled interactions 
  • Intercultural understanding, Trust, empathy, behavior, and perception in a Digital Twin Age
  • Human-centered information systems
  • Human-Data and Human-sensor interaction
  • Digital Twin user experience and user behavior
  • Human-Robotic interaction
  • AI for human-agent teaming and collaboration 
  • Intelligent and adaptive instructional systems
  • Research methods for evaluating and understanding decision-making and performance
  • Connected educational delivery especially for transmedia learning across synthetic environments 
  • Data analytics for large-scale distributed exercises utilizing synthetic environments
  • Human centered design for Digital Twin
  • Human-algorithm interaction
  • Pervasive computing and human-smart environment interaction

Special consideration will be given to papers that explore new ways of designing R-S-R cycle into a socio-technical system that motivates Digital Twin collaboration from a Human Factors perspective. 

3.    Emerging Solutions: Propelling Today’s Advances into the Digital Twin Age

Emerging Solutions

This track represents the core applications theme for IT²EC 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 
  • Application of mixed/augmented/virtual reality in high risk/high security environments to include combining live or table-top training and MR/AR/VR 
  • Training/Learning Management, Assessment, Competency Tracking/Reporting
  • AI/Machine Learning-enabled instructional agents and synthetic teammates
  • Solutions to enhance immersion and realism in simulation training, e.g. aimed at fire & rescue skills training (tool handling, extrication, use of drones, forest firefighting)
  • Simulation in medical training at individual patient level as well as mass casualty management in civil, military and joint context
  • Simulation for denied/contested environments
  • Tools to accelerate training development


Special consideration will be given to submissions that address new and innovative solutions to current, perceived, and emerging challenges in the R-S-R and Digital Twin Age; as well as the needs of tomorrow and/or shaping future trends, especially those driving interoperable design of people, technology, and nations.