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 IT²EC 2024 - defence training and technology event
Keith Brawner Ph.D.

Dr. Keith Brawner Ph.D.

Program Manager – Institute for Creative Technologies AI Lead, The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Soldier Centre (SC), United States Army
United States
Dr. Keith Brawner is the Program Manager of the Institute for Creative Technologies University Affiliated Research Center (ICT UARC) for the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, as managed by the US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center, where he is also the lead for AI initiatives.  He is a research leader in intelligent tutoring systems with over 100 publications in research/application of simulation and training technologies.  While he manages the ICT at the University of Southern California, he works at the SGT First Class Paul Ray Smith Simulation and Training Technology facility in Orlando, Florida.  He has worked on, or contributed to, systems which train land navigation, marksmanship, hovercraft operation, destroyer decision making, physics, UAV route planning, calling for indirect fires, submarine harbor navigation, sonar system operation, helicopter flight, counterinsurgency, and so many others.  His current research focus is on enhancing simulations, the realism within simulations, the behaviors of simulated characters, and the creation of human behavior change.  He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.  He earned a MS, and PhD in Computer Engineering while working full-time for the Navy (Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division) and Army (Army Research Laboratory), respectively.  He is the recipient of the National Training and Simulation Association Governors award (2nd highest honor) and the UCF Alumni 30 under 30 award.  He’s energetic.