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Accelerating Test and Evaluation with LVC and Agile Workshop

Hosted by the ITEA Central Florida Chapter

Workshop Call For Papers

Abstracts Due May 18, 2019

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Fielding effective, secure systems to warfighters at the speed of need is essential, but this goal is difficult to achieve given that industrial-age acquisition and systems engineering processes, including Test and Evaluation (T&E), do not mesh well with development and use of modern software-intensive systems.  Agile software processes that combine acquisition events with developmental and operational testing show promise in decreasing historic timelines.  Combining built-in information technology security and assured hardware platforms (Sec) with software development (Dev) and information technology operations (Ops) throughout the SecDevOps software build is also streamlining the delivery of secure software-intensive systems.  Finally, increasing the focus on what the warfighter needs now and what is necessary for potential conflicts will provide more usable and effective systems.  Other key ideas for improving effectiveness and accelerating this process include early prototyping via modeling, simulation, and gaming; evaluating hardware prototypes; combining test events; the use of Artificial Intelligence to improve data gathering and reporting; and evolutionary program development.  Simulation and gaming environments can be used to allow warfighters and testers to evaluate the advantages of system variants and alternative tactics before the hardware and software are finalized.  

Abstract Submission Form

CALL FOR PAPERS

Abstracts due May 18, 2019.

Technical Track Session presentations should give quick holistic overviews of interesting emerging topics with a concentration on fundamentals and projection about the future of these topics.

All sessions will be unclassified and open to the general T&E community. Abstracts will be reviewed for a presentation during a conference session or as a poster paper. Presentations will be published in proceedings and made available to all attendees.

Abstracts should be noncommercial in scope, pertinent to conference topic, no longer than 500 words, and releasable to the general public. Visit the ITEA website for the Abstract submission form that must be submitted to LVC-Agile@itea.org 

CALL FOR TUTORIALS

Abstracts due May 18, 2019.

Tutorials are typically scheduled for either a half-day or full day, should include comprehensive presentations on well-established topics, and may include hands-on exercises on using various software and/or hardware tools. Technical Track Session presentations are shorter than tutorials and usually last 30 minutes.

Pending final program decisions, the tutorials will be scheduled in 4-hour or 8-hour blocks on Tuesday, November 17, 2019 .

Tutorials must be strictly non-marketing in scope, unclassified, and public releasable. Please provide a synopsis of your tutorial no later than April 18, 2019 to LVC-Agile@itea.org.

TOPICS FOR CONSIDERATION

  • ACCELERATING PRODUCT AVAILABILITY – Placing fully capable weapon systems in the hands of warfighters sooner
  • ACCELERATING T&E – Feedback on the success of T&E integration to accelerate T&E
  • AGILE SOFTWARE PROCESSES – Agile software processes that combine acquisition events with developmental and operational testing
  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) TECHNOLOGIES – Use of artificial intelligence technologies to improve test events and reporting
  • COMBINING O/T AND D/T – Sharing developmental and operational test events to reduce redundancy and accelerate test completion time
  • CYBER SIDECARS – Use of “Cyber Sidecars” to increase security for COTS-based systems
  • DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYTICS – Data management and analytics that automatically produce analyses and portions of required test reports
  • EVOLUTIONARY DELIVERY – Evolutionary delivery of hardware, software, and the mission/weapon systems for evaluation by testers and warfighters
  • LVC GAMING ENVIRONMENTS – Use of distributed Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) and gaming environments to support virtual prototyping by warfighters and facilitating testing of critical, sensitive system attributes
  • METHODS IMPROVING T&E CYBER – Examples of methods to improve T&E of cyber systems or cyber security of systems
  • MIXING LIVE AND LVC – Mixing live tests with virtual-constructive elements to achieve validated results
  • MODEL-BASED T&E – Model-based T&E and modeling to manage complexity
  • MODEL-BASED VS MODEL-DRIVEN – Model-based vs. model-driven engineering of networks, sensors, weapon systems, and architectures
  • T&E PARTNERSHIPS – Government, industry, and academia partnerships to support T&E improvement
  • TESTING AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS – Role of LVC and Agile processes in testing autonomous systems
  • TESTING/TRAINING AS A SERVICE – Testing/Training as a Service for collaborative improvement in both areas
  • THREAT REPRESENTATIONS – Roles of threat representations for LVC testing
  • SecDevOps – combining built-in information technology security and assured hardware platforms (Sec) with software development (Dev) and information technology operations (Ops) to produce multiple, capable software releases that build in cybersecurity
  • TOOLS – Tools to support testing of complex systems

SUBMISSION FORM

WHY PRESENT AT AN ITEA WORKSHOP

If you’ve conducted ground-breaking research, used “best-in-class” techniques, deployed  successful processes, or developed unique procedures in the field of test and evaluation, work that your peers would be interested in learning, presenting at ITEA events is an important part of your professional development, by providing you with an amazing opportunity to learn from your peers, share your experiences, and contribute to advancing the Test and Evaluation profession.

Presenting at ITEA events provides you the chance to:

  • Represent your field of interest, allowing researchers in other disciplines, policymakers, and the public to become aware of the innovative work being generated in your particular area of expertise;
  • Practice your presentation skills;
  • Help you develop the expertise needed to discuss your work in a clear and meaningful way;
  • Learn how to answer specific questions and present your work to a range of individuals (who may or may not be familiar with your field of research);
  • Contribute to your overall professional profile by showing others that you regularly disseminate your work to colleagues, as well as that you keep up-to-date on cutting-edge and best practices in T&E; and,
  • Help you establish contacts that will foster friendships with other motivated T&E professionals who can be resources for you at any stage of your career.

GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTATIONS AT ITEA EVENTS

Presentations at ITEA events should:

  • Contribute technically sound knowledge in a particular area of test and evaluation;
  • Present new knowledge or experience that has not been published previously; and,
  • Not be commercial, marketing, or “infomercial” in nature. The presentation’s introductory slide is the only slide that may contain the presenter’s company name and/or logo. Presentations that promote specific companies, organizations, products, or services are reserved for the Exhibit Hall or Vendor Track Sessions, and strictly prohibited in Pre-Workshop sessions (including tutorials, demonstrations, and other presentations), and the Workshop Plenary and Technical Track sessions.

PUBLISHING YOUR WORK IN THE ITEA JOURNAL OF TEST AND EVALUATION

If you would like to also submit a paper for consideration for publication in The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation you will need to prepare a full manuscript that adheres to the Journal guidelines. The submitting author must also complete and sign a copyright agreement and release form.

Please go HERE for the manuscript guidelines.

WORKSHOP STRUCTURE

  • Dedicated exhibit space
  • At least 8 Tutorials on Tuesday, 17 September
  • Plenary Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday mornings with at least 4 invited speakers and 2 panels
  • Technical Paper presentations on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon with up to 48 technical presentations

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)

Each of the 4-hour Pre-Workshop Tutorials provide 4 contact hours of instruction (4 CEUs) that are directly applicable to your professional development program, including the Certified Test and Evaluation Professional Credential (CTEP).

In addition to the Pre-Workshop Tutorials, the Workshop provides 4 contact hours of instruction (4 CEUs) for each half-day, 8 contact hours of instruction (8 CEUs) for each full-day, or 20 contact hours of instruction (20 CEUs) for attending the full Workshop, that are directly applicable to your professional development program, including the Certified Test and Evaluation Professional Credential (CTEP).

SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

ITEA is a 501(c)(3) professional education association dedicated to the education and advancement of the test and evaluation profession. Registration fees, membership dues, and sponsorships are tax deductible.

Your sponsorship dollars help defer the cost of the Symposium and support the ITEA scholarship fund, which assists deserving students in their pursuit of academic disciplines related to the test and evaluation profession. Sponsorship and related benefits will become effective on receipt of payment.

NOTE:  This ITEA event is a non-competitive environment meant for a free exchange of ideas and information. 

EXHIBIT INFORMATION

Exhibit space is available for the public and private sectors to display products and services related to test and evaluation.

Exhibit Application

Exhibit Hall Floor Plan

For more information on exhibiting, please contact Lena Moran, (951) 219-4817 or Lmoran@traxintl.com.

REGISTRATION

REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Early Bird Registration until August 20th
$645 – Regular Registration*
$495 – ITEA Member / Government Employee / Active Duty Military

Regular Registration August 20th to September 4th
$745 – Regular Registration*
$595 – ITEA Member / Government Employee / Active Duty Military

Late Registration after September 4th
$845 – Regular Registration*
$695 – ITEA Member / Government Employee / Active Duty Military

*Regular Registration rate includes one-year membership to ITEA.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW

SUBSTITUTION AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Substitutions are permitted. Refunds are not available within ten (10) days prior to the start of the event. Requests for cancellation submitted between ten (10) to 45 days prior to start date of the event will be subject to a $250 cancellation fee. Requests for cancellation greater than 45 days prior to the start date of the event will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.

HOST HOTEL

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando East-UCF Area

12125 High Tech Avenue, Orlando FL 32817
Phone: 407-275-9000

ITEA has a room block available to all of our attendees at a special rate of $139 per night.. When making your reservation please indicate that you are with the ITEA group. Deadline for this rate is August 25, 2019. You are encouraged to make your reservations early. Reservations can be made at http://group.doubletree.com/ITEAAnnualSymposium or by calling the hotel directly at 407-275-9000.

WORKSHOP COMMITTEE - LVC-Agile@itea.org

Workshop Chair – Steve “Flash” Gordon, PhD – Georgia Tech Research Institute

Technical Program Chair – Mr. Mark Phillips, Lockheed Martin Corporation 

Deputy Technical Program Chair – Mr. Harry Cornell, Collins Aerospace

Exhibits and Sponsorship Chair – Ms. Lena Moran, TRAX International

Chief of Staff for Registrations and Support: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Merhoff

Registration – Mr. James Gaidry, CAE –  jgaidry@itea.org

Event Details

Date

17 - 20 Sep 2019

Venue

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando East-UCF Area

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