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Maximise the interoperability benefits of HLA…

Keeping up to date with the complex developments in the High Level Architecture and simulation market takes up valuable time and effort. At SMi's forthcoming High Level Architecture conference you can take the stress out of your search for the benefits and facts. High Level Architecture is taking place on the 5th & 6th November 2001 at the Hatton, in London.

SMi have selected key international defence and industry specialists to provide you with a comprehensive examination of this market. With case studies and presentations on the latest "must-know" elements involved in this arena, you cannot afford to miss this opportunity to glean the most up-to-date information from this outstanding panel of speakers.

Furthermore, arranging to meet the people that matter takes up valuable time and energy. Meetings can also be costly, with travel and entertainment expenses to consider. But by attending this HLA conference, your networking requirements, for this market, will be housed under one roof at no additional expense. And with SMi lunches promoting open discussion, this will give you the opportunity to discuss market developments and potential while exchanging industry specific knowledge. After just two days you will be able to return to your office, not only with the latest information, but also with a selection of key contacts.

With the Department of Defence's requirement for HLA compliant simulations, SMi's HLA event will provide you with the knowledge to address the challenges and interoperability benefits of HLA compliant simulations. The event will examine cost-effective implementation techniques and the underlying technical principles for HLA to enable you to maximise the benefits of simulations. This conference will provide comprehensive information on HLA applications, while also exploring best practice for managing and integrating distributed synthetic environments using HLA. Other topics to be discussed include:

  • Run Time Infrastructure (RTI)
  • Simulation Object Models (SOM)
  • The interface specification
  • HLA gateways & stand-alone modules
  • Simulation based acquisition
  • Systems development and integration
  • Case studies on current military program

Register now to benefit from mine, and SMi's experience in this field.

As conference chairman of day one, I look forward to seeing you in November.

Yours sincerely,

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Mick Ryan, Vice Chairman
Simulation Interoperability Standards Organisation Executive Committee
Email: mick_ryan@email.msn.com

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mick Ryan

Mick Ryan, Vice Chairman, Simulation Interoperability Standards Organisation Executive Committee

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

John Illgen

John Illgen, President/CEO, Illgen Simulation Technologies

9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Robert Turrell

Robert Turrell, HLA Program Support, DMSO/IITRI

  • The DMSO program management perspective
  • The HLA program today
  • The technology transition process
  • The implementation of the HLA Technology Transition
  • 10:20 EXTENDING THE PRINCIPALS OF HLA

    Dr Andreas Tolk

    Dr Andreas Tolk, Vice President Land Weapon Systems, IABG

  • Limitations of the actual HLA approach
  • Meta-data modelling, data management and data alignment
  • Using federated solutions to couple C4I and SymSys
  • A vision for the next generation of warfighter IT systems
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 HLA AND VIRTUAL PROVING GROUND IN SUPPORT OF US ARMY TEST AND EVALUATION

    Darrell Bench

    Darrell Bench, Program Manager, Virtual Proving Ground, US Army Developmental Test Command

  • Virtual Proving Ground (VPG) providing simulation support to US Army T&E
  • Implementation of HLA with VPG for distributed simulation
  • Lessons learnt for real time engineering level distributed simulations
  • Building and international distributed simulation using HLA
  • 12:00 SIMULATING INFORMATION WARFARE

    Dr Roger Smith

    Dr Roger Smith, Vice President of Technology, BTG

  • Introduction to information operations
  • Applications in interoperable simulations
  • HLA management object model
  • MOM services useful for information warfare
  • Conceptual IW simulation application
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 TAKING THE LEAP TO THE JIS

    Craig Doescher

    Craig Doescher, Senior Operations Research Analyst, MITRE Corporation

  • Overview of Joint Training Confederation (JTC)
  • History of the Aggregate Level Simulation Protocol (ALSP)
  • Transition plan from ALSP to HLA
  • Framework for transitioning infrastructures
  • 14:40 THE ROLE OF PRODUCT DATA AS A FOUNDATION FOR HLA ENVIRONMENT

    Dr Timothy M. King

    Dr Timothy M. King, Executive Consultant, LSC Group

  • Product data as a vital asset for the modern extended enterprise
  • Product data, simulation and the phases of the life-cycle and the role of HLA in the systems engineering process
  • The content of product data for HLA purposes
  • Standards for product data and implications for HLA
  • A product data infrastructure for HLA
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 IMPLEMENTING CORBA IDL MIDDLEWARE

    Sean Reilly

    Sean Reilly, Software Engineer, Anteon Corporation

  • The sharable portion of these objects specified in an Interface Definition Language (IDL) that serves an interface specification function similar to the headers files common in C, C++ and Ada
  • HLA in U.S DOD standard for sharing object attributes and interactions between modelling and simulation systems
  • Marriage of IDL front-end to HLA back-end services:
    - middlewares requirements
    - comparison to existing middleware products
    - high level design
    - product utilization
  • Taking advantage of the best features from both CORBA and HLA without imposing a large training burden on simulation developer community.
  • 16:20 COTS SIMULATION FRAMEWORK FOR HLA APPLICATIONS

    Monica Axelrad

    Monica Axelrad, Product Manager - Simulation, Virtual Prototypes

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Andreas Tolk

    Dr Andreas Tolk, Vice President Land Weapon Systems, IABG

    9:10 JOINT TRAINING CONFEDERATION’S EXPERIENCE WITH RTI NG

    Jayne E. Talbot

    Jayne E. Talbot, ALSP Project Engineer, MITRE Corporation

  • Define the requirements for a communications infrastructure for a training application like the Joint Training Confederation based on experience working with the Aggregate Level Simulation Protoco (ALSP) Infrastructure Software (AIS)
  • JTC working towards a goal of using HLA’s RTI in place of AIS for the past 5 years
  • Primary focus during the past year has been on maturing RTI NG for training use
  • Report lessons learned in maturation process for RTI NG
  • Express concerns about RTI NG implementation for a large scale joint training and explore other
  • RTI implementations to understand their applicability
  • 9:40 OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS, HLA AND MODEL REUSE

    Colin Desmond

    Colin Desmond, Project Manager, Logica

  • OA study concept of analysis
  • Why we chose HLA
  • Issues with legacy models
  • Outcome - lessons learnt
  • Future uses for the federation
  • 10:20 THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF TOOLS TO HLA FEDERATIONS

    Paul Perkinson

    Paul Perkinson, Director of Software Engineering, Virtual Technology Corporation

  • Federation data collection, analysis and playback
  • Federation planning, execution, and performance monitoring
  • Federation development and integration
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENTS AND WEAPON SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT

    Ronnie Harrison

    Ronnie Harrison, Director Engineering and Future Business, Thales Air Defence

  • Using SEs in weapon system development
  • Operational analysis models for requirement clarification
  • Deterministic models for design
  • Man in the loop SEs for MMI/HIS development
  • Trainer systems
  • Future plans
  • 12:00 INFORMATION AGE WARFARE

    David S. Alberts

    David S. Alberts, Director, Research and Strategic Planning, Office of the Secretary of Defense (C3I)

  • Transformation: What is it
  • Key concepts: Information superiority and network centric warfare
  • Requirements for Analysis
  • Contribution of simulation models
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 OMG, CORBA AND SIMULATION

    Andrew Watson

    Andrew Watson, Vice President and Technical Director, Object Management Group

  • OMG’s specifications
  • CORBA
  • Unified Modelling Language (UML)
  • Domain-specific interoperability standards
  • Working with DMSO on simulation standards
  • 14:40 NETWORK-ASSISTED DYNAMIC INTEREST MANAGEMENT IN HLA

    Dr Victor Skowronski, Senior Member of the Technical Staff

    Dr Victor Skowronski, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Dr Stephen Zabele, Manager, Advanced Networking and Information Systems, TASC

  • Content-assisted routing
  • Routing filter construction and dissemination
  • Interface with HLA and simulations
  • Performance comparison
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 USING DISTRIBUTED IN THE OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION OF MILITARY SYSTEMS

    Dr David Wiesenhahn

    Dr David Wiesenhahn, Research Staff Member, IDA

    16:20 COLLABORATIVE ASPECTS OF HLA FEDERATION DEVELOPMENTS SUPPORTING SYSTEMS ACQUISITION

    Richard Reading

    Richard Reading, Senior Engineer, VisiTech

  • Discussion of collaboration from U.S and International HLA federation developments used to support military systems acquisition
  • Synergy between technical development and cross-domain team development in HLA
  • FEDEP as negotiative process inciting experience-based re-learning
  • Development of interoperable simulations yielding insights into systems interoperability in complex SoS problems
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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