TSIS 2024 panelist discussing I/ITSEC’s “Next Big Thing”

By Christa Yates, Staff Writer

 

The National Training & Simulation Association hosted the panel, “I/ITSEC 2024: The Next Big Thing,” at Training & Simulation Industry Symposium (TSIS) 2024 in Orlando, Florida, June 12.

 

Robert Kleinhample, president of RCK Simulations, moderated the discussion. Panel participants included: Doug Traill, senior director at NVIDIA; Keith Brawner, Ph.D., program manager for the Institute for Creative Technologies UARC; Tim Hill, director of Central Florida operations with Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation; and Robert Sottilare, Ph.D., Soar Technology’s vice president.

 

I/ITSEC, the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, is less than six months away. Anticipation for the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event made the conference a hot topic for discussion among many TSIS attendees.

 

The panelists detailed past I/ITSECs and the “big things” of previous conferences, which have included virtual reality, haptic feedback, and most recently, digital twins. Despite last year’s focus on digital twin technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) was also a popular topic that will continue to influence discussions and papers featured at I/ITSEC 2024.

 

“The next big thing, or the next part of our mission, is to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies that have high ROI,” Kleinhample said. “Ideally, we want to accelerate the use of new technologies before we progress them.”

 

The panel went on to examine reliability concerns when adopting new and emerging technologies.

 

“When people ask about the practicality, trustworthiness, and scalability in terms of AI solutions, and if there’s any validity to it, my answer would be ‘yes,’” Sottilare said. “We make these decisions, and people are afraid to dip their toes into AI, but the water is fine so long as we have the essential ingredient: human decision makers.”

 

The panelists’ discussion explained that time is an essential component with emerging technologies and new solutions. Allowing trainees and instructors to experience technology and give feedback on what is and isn’t working is vital to improvement. Simply implementing a developing technology and expecting a high yield isn’t feasible according to Sottilare.

 

I/ITSEC 2024 will take place Dec. 2-6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

 

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