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Below is a brief summary of the 2004 Fall SIW agenda. The detailed agenda will be posted early next week at 2004 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop sponsored by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization Holiday Inn, International Drive, Orlando, FL 19-24 September 2004 Conference and hotel registration links, as well as further information, are available on the web page indicated above. Please forward this message to relevant email lists, inside or outside of your organization, to help us reach other people who may be interested. ------------------------------------------------------------------ 2004 FALL SIW FOCUS: Modeling and Simulation for Engineering and Manufacturing Our focus for this SIW is on interoperability standards for modeling and simulation of engineering and manufacturing activities and processes. Ideas for how to build upon already extensive interface standards in engineering, manufacturing, ERP, MRP, PLM, PDM, supply chain management, business processes, logistics, warehousing, distribution, and training and education systems and how they might support modeling and simulation standards are especially welcome. WORKSHOP SCHEDULE The following schedule lists only major sessions and events. Detailed schedules, including sessions and presentation times, will be posted on the SISO web site at SUNDAY AFTERNOON -- TUTORIAL SESSIONS SISO`s ``day before`` tutorial program (held on Sunday, 19 September, 1:00 - 5:00 PM EDT) consists of three parallel sessions. A $90 fee will be assessed for those registering for a tutorial to cover the costs of materials, equipment, facilities, and refreshments. Tutorial sessions include: (1) HLA and FEDEP This tutorial package contains two two-hour components: IEEE 1516 - The Future of HLA Bob Lutz, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab Reed Little, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Software Engineering Inst. This tutorial provides insights into the IEEE 1516 version of the HLA and makes the case as to why organizations should move to this version vs. the HLA Version 1.3. The tutorial starts with an overview of the HLA background and definition and then provides a summary of the HLA IEEE 1516 development process and highlights the improvements provided by the 1516 version. Next a business case as to why a program should use IEEE 1516 instead of HLA 1.3 is presented. The tutorial then ends with a discussion of what needs to be done to transition to IEEE 1516. This tutorial is aimed at people who need to make an informed decision with respect to which version of the HLA they should use. Some prior familiarity with HLA version 1.3 is assumed. Insights Into Federation Development Issues Jake Borah, AEgis Technologies Group This tutorial addresses distributed HLA Federation development issues. Distributed simulation environments grow increasingly complex in modeling fidelity, scale, and diversity relative to the types of simulations, computing platforms, and networked locations. Distributed simulation environments consist of several components that must be configured and tested prior to a successful federation execution. This tutorial will discuss how a network and its components, the Run-Time Infrastructure software, and simulation applications influence HLA federations. The Federation Development and Execution Process model will be presented as a sound system engineering approach for creating a distributed HLA simulation environment. Finally, the tutorial will highlight tools that can be used to document, troubleshoot, and enhance the performance of an HLA federation. (2) Authoring and Using Base Object Models (BOMs) Paul Gustavson, Simventions This example-focused tutorial will largely center on building and using Interface BOMs (IF BOMs) for supporting composability. This includes using BOMs to build and maintain interface assemblies for federations (i.e. FOMs). The tutorial will be based on the v 0.9 of the BOM spec (Vol I), which will be nearing completion of the first 120 day trial use period, plus it will leverage v 0.8+ of the Guidance Spec, which will likely be in the second round of PDG review by the Fall SIW. Additional discussion will include preparing and planning for Encapsulated BOMs (ECAP BOMs), which can be used to represent behavioral models. Incidentally, the outline structure for the tutorial will be heavily influenced and patterned by the FEDEP (especially steps 1-4). (3) Range System Interoperability using TENA and the TENA Middleware (Ed Powell, SAIC) The Foundation Initiative 2010 program is chartered to enable interoperability among ranges, facilities, and simulations in a timely and cost-efficient manner and to foster reuse of range assets and future software systems. To achieve this vision, FI 2010 has developed and is validating a common architecture called the Test and Training Enabling Architecture (TENA), which provides for real-time software system interoperability using the TENA Middleware, as well as interfaces to existing range assets, C4ISR systems, and simulations. The current version of the TENA Middleware, Release 4, has been released to the range community for testing, evaluation, and feedback; has been used in the CJTFEX-04-02 exercise; and is planned for use in Roving Sands 05 and other exercises. This tutorial is intended to provide the attendee with a short overview of the TENA architecture as well as more detailed look at the TENA Middleware, its features, uses, and the Release 4 Application Programmer`s Interface (API). MONDAY MORNING -- SPECIAL SESSIONS (8:30 - 12:00) Newcomer`s Orientation (8:30 - 10:00) The Newcomer`s Orientation is designed for those who have not previously attended a SISO Simulation Interoperability Workshop. Its goal is to help new attendees gain maximum benefit from the Workshop and from participation in SISO. In this session, we describe the structure of the Workshop, the overall organization of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, and how to participate most effectively as a SISO member. If this is your first Workshop, this is where you should be on Monday morning. Priorities for M&S Standards (10:30 - 12:00) This panel discussion is being held at various M&S conferences (e.g., SISO, SCS, ITEC, I/ITSEC). Each session features a distinguished panel of experts from government, industry, and academia, who discuss mid-term modeling and simulation standards needs. The panel discussion will be followed by audience discussion and feedback. Results from each of these sessions will be compiled and briefed back to SISO and to key leaders in government, industry, and academia. MONDAY AFTERNOON -- PLENARY SESSION (1:15 - 5:00) Plenary speakers include Prof. Dr. Axel Lehmann University of the German Federal Armed Forces, Munich Institute for Technical Computer Science Dr. P. Richard Zarda Jr. Manager, Engineering Methods Group Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control - Orlando David Koshiba Deputy Director, Boeing Phantom Works Lean and Efficient Thrust Design Processes and Tools Thrust Col. Michael L. Finnern, USAF Director, Defense Modeling and Simulation Office SISO Standards Activities Report The Plenary session will also include brief status reports on current and planned SISO standards activities. MONDAY AFTERNOON -- SISO SOCIAL (5:00 - 7:00) A SISO Social will immediately follow the Plenary Session, adjacent to the Exhibit Area. Food and drink will be available, subsidized by SISO Sponsors and Exhibitors. The exhibits will be open. MONDAY EVENING -- SPECIAL SESSION ON MODELING AND SIMULATION FOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING (7:00 - 9:00) This session provides an overview presentation by National Institute of Standards and Technology and major corporations on the R&D and use of modeling and simulation in the manufacturing industry. The overview presentation will be followed by a panel of senior managers in the manufacturing industry responsible for the requirements, development, and deployment of the modeling and simulation in their respective areas. The panelists will comments on their needs, vision and perspective on modeling and simulation in engineering and manufacturing; difficulties associated with the current use of modeling and simulations in engineering and manufacturing; and opportunities for research, development, and deployment of engineering and manufacturing modeling and simulation standards, processes, or practices. TUESDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON -- USER COMMUNITY FORUMS (8:00 - 5:00) User Community Forums focus on topics that span specialty areas and are of broad interest to users within a particular area of M&S application. User Community Forums include * Analysis Forum (ANL), which focuses on the use of distributed models and simulations for analysis applications. * Research, Development, and Engineering Forum (RDE), which is concerned with the evaluation of alternative designs and research concepts as well as supporting specific engineering decisions within the RDE community. * Test and Evaluation Forum (T&E), which focuses on comparing the performance of a system or its components with physical, technical, and operational performance requirements during acquisition and employment of the system. * Training Forum (TRAIN), which focuses on the use of simulations to provide individual and team training to system operators, team leaders, tactical decision makers, and strategic and theater-level planners. * System Acquisition and Product Development (SAPD), which focuses on the use of simulation in system acquisition and product development, for both military and non-military applications. * Medical Simulation (MED), which focuses on interoperability standards that build upon already extensive medical interface standards for operational systems for robot assisted surgery; command & control systems for medical situational awareness; medical models of varying resolutions for research and development; training systems for instruction and rehearsal; imaging systems for treatment planning and assessment; and logistic planning systems for security and disaster response. WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY -- SPECIALTY AREA FORUMS (8:00 - 5:00) Specialty Area Forums bring together specialists from different communities to discuss issues of simulation interoperability and component reuse. The Specialty Area Forums are organized into five Tracks. INFRASTRUCTURE TRACK * The Communication, Frameworks, and Infrastructure Forum (CFI) focuses on technologies and techniques for constructing, utilizing, or extending the infrastructure that supports run-time interoperation and execution of distributed simulations. ENVIRONMENT TRACK * The Simulated Natural Environment Forum (SNE) addresses digital representations and models of the natural environment, including land, ocean, atmosphere, and space data. SNE also focuses on issues and use cases relating to SEDRIS, environmental data classification systems, and coordinate transformation systems. * The Sensor Forum (SENS) focuses on issues of interoperability, fidelity, and correlation for sensor simulations. This Forum will be incorporated into the SNE Forum in 2005/. DISTRIBUTED SIMULATION DEVELOPMENT TRACK * The Distributed Simulation Processes and Tools Forum (DSPT) is a consolidation of the Federation Development Process Forum (PROC) and the Exercise Management and Feedback Forum (EMF). This Forum focuses on the Federation development and execution life-cycle process, including tools and methodologies for concept development, exercise planning, initialization, monitoring and control, data collection and repositories, visualization, analysis, and after-action review. * The Synthetic Mission Space Composability Forum (SMS-COMPOSE) focuses on efforts underway within the Services and across the Joint and International community. The Forum includes a panel session, conducted each workshop, addressing a particular issue or topic of interest. Panelists include representatives from Service, Joint, and OSD efforts in Synthetic Mission Spaces. The panelists will identify areas of collaboration (as well as noncollaboration) among the various participants and explore ways to integrate various environments on-demand, so that the best tools and products available are brought to bear on a particular problem. * The Verification, Validation & Accreditation Forum (VV&A) deals with issues of credibility and appropriate use related to federation development and application. Current objectives include evolving a model for validation process maturity, formalizing the conceptual model, and establishing recommended practices for federation VV&A via the SISO VV&A PDG. Special focus areas include validation process maturity model, conceptual model validation, and substantive interoperability. C4ISR TRACK * The Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) Forum is concerned with the interoperability of simulations representing command and control, communications, and intelligence. Interests include coupling simulation systems with real C4I systems, models of C4I systems and the underlying infrastructure (nets, communications, data links, etc.). Application domains include Computer Assisted Exercises (CAX), Simulation Based Acquisition (SBA), and operational use of Mission Rehearsal, Alternative Course of Action Analysis/Decision Support (ACOAA/DS), and After Action Review (AAR) Tools. * The Information Operations - Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (IO-ISR) Forum is concerned with the interoperability of simulations which represent (1) both the defensive and offensive aspects of Information Operations, to include Infrastructure Assurance, and (2) intelligence collection, processing, exploitation, production and dissemination, to include the various different intelligence disciplines (IMINT, SIGINT, HUMINT, etc.), including representations at the national, strategic, operational, and tactical military levels, as well as non-military and commercial sources of intelligence. APPLICATIONS TRACK * The Vehicle/Weapon System Modeling Forum (VWS) focuses on the development and reuse of vehicle/weapon system simulations, including manned and unmanned weapons which operate in space, air, ground, and sea environments. * The Logistics (LOG) forum focuses on simulations and simulation challenges associated with modeling supply chains, logistics management processes, logistics policies and business practices, as well as the portrayal of logistics in military simulations at all levels. Topics of interest include innovative approaches to supporting network centric operations, rapid deployment forces, Operations Other Than War (OOTW), global commercial operations, and enterprise process simulations. The latter include but are not limited to executable models of work flow, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and customer, patient, crowd, or traffic flow. STUDY GROUP AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT GROUP SESSIONS Please check the final Workshop Agenda for a detailed schedule of Study Group and Product Development Group Sessions. Most are meeting on Thursday morning or afternoon or Friday morning, although two new groups are meeting on Tuesday. TECHNICAL EXHIBITS AND DEMONSTRATIONS Throughout the week, various organizations will provide exhibits and demonstrations of materials, software, and equipment relevant to distributed simulation applications. The exhibit/demonstration area will be open during the lunch breaks each day and from late afternoon to early evening. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES SISO Sponsorship provides a means for organizations to gain representation and benefits in partnership with the activities and operation of SISO. Sponsors enjoy the following privileges: * Printing of Sponsor`s corporate logos on SISO flyers and printed material * Display of logos and links from the SISO web site to the Sponsor`s web site * 10% Discount on all SISO fees (workshop registration fees, booth rental, etc.) * Invitation to Speaker`s lunch at SIWs (with to EXCOM and VIPs). Organizations may also help sponsor the ``All-SISO Social`` held on the opening day of the SIW. This event enables SIW attendees to meet and talk with the other attendees in a casual atmosphere of food and drink. For information on becoming a SISO Sponsor or sponsorship of the All-SISO Social, contact Allison Griffin <[log in to unmask]> QUARTERLY WEBLETTER. Simulation Technology Magazine, SISO`s quarterly electronic magazine, is available on-line at or This material is also published as part of the SCS Modeling and Simulation quarterly magazine. SISO members can subscribe to this magazine as a $35 option on the SISO Workshop registration form. DOD PARTICIPATION. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has reviewed the plans for this Workshop and issued the following determination: ``The Department of Defense finds this event meets the minimum regulatory standards for attendance by DoD employees. This finding does not constitute a blanket approval or endorsement for attendance. Individual DoD Component commands or organizations are responsible for approving attendance of its DoD employees based on mission requirements and DoD regulations.`` SITE AND ACCOMMODATIONS. The Workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn, International Drive, Orlando, FL. The special conference rate is $97/night. A government rate of $95/night is also available for a limited number of rooms. Proof of status will be required to obtain the government rate. Make your reservations on line at or by contacting ICMS at 1-800-810-4333 (in the U.S. or Canada), +732-981-3414 (outside the U.S. or Canada), by faxing your request to 732-465-6447, or by emailing it to <[log in to unmask]>. REGISTRATION. The Workshop registration form is available on-line at Please note that the early registration deadline (and the deadline for room reservations) is 20 August 2004. Fees range from $475 for early registration through $550 for on-site registration, with 10% discounts available for SISO sponsors. See CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Richard Sharp (Chair) USAF National Air Intelligence Center Jane Bachman (Vice Chair) Naval Surface Warfare Center Peter Swan (Secretary) MAK Technologies Bruce Fairchild Retired Drew Hamilton Auburn University Ron Hofer Retired Pat Jones U.S. Army Research Laboratory Bob Lutz Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Tom Mullins US Air Force Adin Burroughs (SAC Vice Chair) Northrop Grumman Duncan Miller SISO Executive Director, Conference/Workshop Activities

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