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VR Training Simulations for Conduct After Capture at IT²EC 2020 - 4 March 2020

One of the core conference themes at IT²EC 2020, Europe’s premier training and simulation event, is “Emerging Solutions: Propelling Today's Advances into the Digital Twin Age”.  In a unique session exploring how military training on conduct after capture can be enhanced, software developer Peter Moore will give a presentation on his VR technology and how it offers engaging simulation-based training on how to achieve the best outcome in a hostage situation.

Conduct After Capture training is targeted at military personnel believed to be at the greatest risk of capture – meaning that large numbers of the military risk being subjected to capture without having received training on how to achieve the best possible outcome. Mr Moore hopes that the use of virtual reality headsets will allow a wider audience within the military to be exposed to Conduct After Capture training.

Having always worked in software development, Mr Moore has first-hand experience of a hostage situation, having been captured by Iraqi militia and held hostage for two and a half years while working in the Iraq Ministry of Finance in 2007. Drawing on this experience and having spoken at hostage survival courses, he says that it became apparent there was a gap in the training processes for conduct after capture, with training currently taking more of a lecture style.

Mr Moore“By using virtual reality, we can simulate what it’s really like to be taken hostage, what the possible outcomes are, and how to ultimately reach a positive outcome”, Mr Moore said.

“The 360 degree video headset technology gives users multiple choices of actions after being captured, with users unable to move on to the next section until they have selected the correct best conduct. It teaches users what to be aware of, such as resistance to exploitation and interrogation.”

“VR Training Simulations for Conduct After Capture” will take place in Theatre 1 from 15:30-17:00 on 2 September at IT²EC 2020, held at ExCeL London.

IT²EC 2020 conference committee finalised - 23 January 2020

RusmatThe technical steering committee for IT²EC, the international forum for the military training, simulation and education communities, has been finalised. The committee is responsible for delivering IT²EC 2020’s overarching theme of “the Digital Twin Approach”, shaping conference content to ensure that the expectations of the wider community are fully met.

Taking on the position of committee chair for 2020 is Rusmat Ahmed of Bohemia Interactive Simulations. Rusmat has been SVP Sales, EMEA for Bohemia Interactive Simulations since 2014, leading all sales and business development activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has a wealth of business experience in defence, particularly around projects for armies and air forces, and in both civil and military training and simulation.

Mr Ahmed said, “Content submissions so far point to an exceptionally interesting and useful conference for training and simulation professionals. With the explosion of AI and Big Data in the everyday world around us, Digital Twins (one of this year's themes) are already finding their way into important areas of defence training and simulation. Welcoming new committee members adds further to the breadth and wealth of experience of the Committee, helping to keep the conference fresh and topical.”

New faces on the IT²EC committee for 2020 include: Steve Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer of the European Training and Simulation Association (ETSA); Sanjay Khetia, Director of Strategic Alliances and Director, UK for PLEXSYS Interface Products; David Elsey, Business Development Manager – Training Services, and Ian Crews, Training Solutions Lead Engineer, both from BAE Systems They join a well-established group of industry experts from every part of the military training technology value chain.


IT²EC 2020 conference themes announced - 2 December 2019

IT²EC, the international forum for the military simulation, training and education community, is pleased to announce that the 2020 conference theme has been finalised. 

In line with its transformation into the International Training Technology Exhibition & Conference (IT²EC), the 2020 event will present a unique overview of the industry’s latest innovations and future requirements. In particular, the conference will address concepts of joint military and civil operations to strengthen resistance to modern security threats, and the role that training, education and technology play in delivering advanced capabilities for joint operations.

The three-day conference will feature sessions organised into three concurrent streams around an overarching theme of ‘the Digital Twin Age’. Each track will deliver an impressive line-up of speakers and diverse content. They will explore new interoperability designs in a socio-technical system within the Real-Simulation-Real cycle.

  • Technologies and Architectures: The core technical theme will include presentations on technical developments that advance the use of collaborative, cooperative or innovative processes;


  • Human Factors and Performance in a Digital Twin Age: Representing the core Human, Social, Cultural and Behavioural theme for IT²EC, this stream will include papers that address a wide range of issues from Human modelling and avatars, to Digital Twin user experience and user behaviour, and Human-Data and Human-sensor interaction;


  • Emerging Solutions: Propelling Today’s Advances into the Digital Twin Age: Representing the core applications theme for IT²EC, this stream will include papers on advances in large-scale, distributed collaboration and training; Cyber and Physical Security training and education; and Simulation for denied/contested environments, among others.

The conference will be opened on the morning of 1 September by Rusmat Ahmed, 2020 Committee Chair and Senior Vice President Sales, EMEA, Bohemia Interactive Simulations.

“We are opening the door to radically new ways of thinking about military training and simulation. The ways we discuss, practice and deliver these capabilities to the armed forces around the world is being driven by advancements in technology that would have been deemed impossible even a few years ago, but that people are using in their everyday lives,” Ahmed commented. “We are at the beginning of revolutionary times in simulation and training, and this is reflected by the addition of ‘Technology’ in IT²EC’s updated identity. 

“The quality of the papers we have received back from thought-leaders around the world in their respective fields fills me with confidence not only that our collective community is pushing forward into the Digital Twin Age, but that the IT²EC conference remains a vital part of delivering these capabilities into the hands of our military personnel.”

The provisional conference agenda can be viewed here.