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38th International Test & Evaluation Symposium

We are currently accepting abstracts for technical sessions and tutorials. SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT TODAY – Deadline Extended to 30 June

As with many conferences & workshops across the globe, this year’s Symposium will be in a virtual format. We know that for many of you, this may be your first time attending an immersive, multi-day, online event. So we’ve compiled some simple pro tips to help you make the most of this virtual environment. There are also links to a quick overview video of how to navigate the virtual conference as well as FAQ. If you have any questions please email Lena@itea.org

  • The conference will be held in Mountain Time.
  • Most important tip! Use Google Chrome. The platform works best with this browser.
  • Make sure to allow permissions to your microphone and camera so you can video chat with other attendees.
  • If your screen is blank or a video does not load, refresh the page. (Windows: Ctrl + F5 or Mac: Command + Shift+R)
  • When you first login to the system with your email it will prompt you to create a password. IF you forget your password you can reset it. If you don’t see the reset option, enter any digit in the password field and hit enter. You will then see a reset password link. A 6 digit code will be sent to your email.
  • If you would like to see the video in full screen, click the hollow square found on the bottom right hand corner of the video.
  • During the networking session be sure to allow access to your microphone and camera. You will have 8 minutes to video chat with another attendee/sponsor/exhibitor. After 8 minutes you will be connected with the next attendee. Make sure to exchange contact info to setup future meetings!
  • Turn on your notification sound and popups so you can see when you receive a message. Turn this feature on via the gear icon in the chat window

Virtual Conference Platform Overview- tbd

Virtual Events FAQ

How to Video Chat with another attendee


 Our theme for the 38th Annual ITEA Symposium is Evolution of T&E in an Age of Rapid Technological Change”.  As always, our focus is on ensuring test and Evaluation (T&E) delivers the most cost-effective assurance to the warfighter that new systems coming into the force are suitable, survivable and effective.  This year will be another virtual conference coordinated by the Valley of the Sun Chapter from Phoenix, AZ and with Volunteers from across the entire ITEA community.  Please plan on both attending, and more importantly, participating in this year’s Annual Symposium.


Full papers submitted to the Symposium will automatically be considered for the Best Paper Award, and student papers for the Student Best Paper Award.

Papers should be 4800 words or less and 12 point font, but no specific format is required. They should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Images should be at least 300 dots per inch resolution and in PDF, JPEG, TIFF, or EPS format. Titles should 12 words or less and abstracts 200 words or less.

Full papers are eligible for submission for publication in the ITEA Journal. Requirements for Journal articles are found at https://www.itea.org/submissions/

Papers must be objective and free of advertising and commercialism. Authors are responsible for submitting original work and for the accuracy of all material provided. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that an article has not been published previously or is not being considered by another publication.


Abstracts will be accepted on a “Space Available” basis through 30 June

Sessions will be unclassified and open to the general T&E community, however, restricted sessions (up to FOUO) may be made available. Abstracts will be reviewed for a presentation during a conference session or as a poster paper. Presentations will be published in proceedings and will be available online for attendees after the Symposium concludes.

Abstracts should be non-commercial in scope, pertinent to conference topic, no longer than 500 words, and releasable to the general public. Abstract submission form that must be submitted to symposium@itea.org.


  • T&E to meet the Joint All Domain Operations (JADO) multi-Service objectives.
  • Adding T&E capabilities to support integration of the Space Force Service.
  • International T&E Challenges: Current & future warfighting environments, representation of global threats, how to test together, and success stories in testing
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) T&E: AI to improve T&E acquisition and capability, system implementation for facilitating T&E, security evaluation, accelerated acquisition.
  • Autonomous Systems Developmental Testing: To reduce risk, to increase availability, and to Increase T&E effectiveness and efficiency
  • T&E Methods and Instrumentation for evaluating AI-augmented and Autonomous Systems Under Test.
  • Advanced Instrumentation & Next Generation Networks: Secure, flexible, available.
  • T&E in the OTA (Other Transactional Authority) world of rapid acquisitions.
  • Agile Methods for Software Delivery to Programs: For ease of testing as delivered, delivery methods and techniques.  What are the S/W delivery & maintenance challenges?
  • The Continuing Threat: Gap analysis, T&E requirements forecast, T&E models, and counter control measures T&E
  • Cyber Security: Improving cyber security tools, accelerating cybersecurity, and growing the cyber security workforce; weapon systems cyber hardening for new and legacy weapons systems and supporting infrastructure, and DevSecOps and Agile methods for accelerated delivery of capable software with built-in cybersecurity.
  • Data Analytics & Automated Test Reporting: No data left behind, responsiveness, clarity of data, and data relevance.
  • Directed Energy: DE test infrastructure and instrumentation, T&E safety, and updates.
  • The Future Range: Are we where we need to be? Is the range accessible to Joint and Coalition users?  Does the Future Range cover Land, Air, and Sea? Does the infrastructure contain the latest and greatest technology?
  • Hypersonics Test & Evaluation: Development, capabilities, & acquisition challenges
  • Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) T&E: Is the LVC infrastructure ready for the current threat and emerging threats?  LVC prototyping for the early warfighter engagement
  • Model-Based Engineering/T&E:  Manage complexity; deliver advanced systems faster
  • T&E Instrumentation in Contested Environments: Address position, navigation, and timing (PNT), and address time, space, position information (TSPI)
  • Test & Evaluation Science & Technology:  Future programs, techniques, and topics such as artificial intelligence, spectrum challenges, and space offense and defense T&E need
  • Continued reports on University of Memphis STEP Research
  • T&E Professional’s nominated topics

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT TODAY – Deadline Extended to 18 June

PRE-SYMPOSIUM TUTORIALS (Separate Registration Required)

The following tutorials are being offered on Monday, September 13th in conjunction with the Symposium. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits will be awarded for completion of the tutorials. A certificate of completion will be provided upon request.   

The ITEA leadership authorized special fees to accommodate those in the T&E community that may be experiencing a financial burden. No travel expenses incurred and a one-time discounted rate is our way of keeping education key during these unprecedented times. 

The fee to attend a 4-hour tutorial is $205. If you would like to take a second course, your fee then becomes $385 for both classes . Upon registration, use the discount code “TWO-Tutorials” at checkout. 

Tutorial Description PDF

Morning Courses

  1. Introduction to Cybersecurity Test and Evaluation, Pete Christensen, Consultant
  2. Building a Culture of Analytic Excellence,  Mark Kiemele, PhD, Air Academy Associates 
  3. Video Compression, Gary Thom, Delta Information Systems
  4. Mind’s Eye to Metal – T&E in the Acquisition and Development Team, David Brown, PhD & David Bell, PhD, MITRE Corporation
  5. Incorporating T&E into Acquisition Contracts, Terry Murphy & Louis Goler, Department of Homeland Security, T&E
  6. Ethically-aligned Experimentation and T&E: A human-centric view of complex military and safety critical intelligent and autonomous systems, Keith Joiner, PhD, &  Malcom G. Tutty, PhD, UNSW ADFA, International T&E Association Southern Cross Chapter
Afternoon Courses

  1. Successful Distributed T&E with TENA, JMETC, and BDA, Gene Hudgins, Test Resource Management Center Joint Mission Environment Test Capability (TRMC/JMETC)
  2. Real World Telemetry over IP, Gary Thom, Delta Information Systems
  3. T&E in Support of Agile: Test and Evaluation for Information Technology Acquisition, Robin Poston, PhD – System Testing Excellence Program, University of Memphis, and Wayne Dumais, Deputy T&E, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  4. Laser System Propagation T&E Challenges, Douglas H. Nelson, PhD, Teknicare, Inc. & Mark Stevens, Naval Postgraduate School
  5. Air Force’s New MBCRA (Mission Based Cyber Risk Assessment) and Integrated Engineering Approach, Kevin McGowan, COLSA
  6. Machine Learning Here, Machine Learning There… Machine Learning in Test & Evaluation? An ML Tutorial for Everyone, Mark Tschopp, PhD, U.S. Army Research Laboratory






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

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


Online Registration
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ITEA is very excited to be able to offer these reduced rates. Included in the cost of registration is access to all “on-demand” content up until October 31st. 

Regular Registration 
$400 – Non-Member*
$300 – ITEA Member 

Full-Time Government Employee or Active Duty
$300 – ITEA Member *

Full-Time Student
$25 – ITEA Member / Non-Member

Plenary Panelist or Track Session Presenter – $200 

Track Chair or Second Tutorial Instructor – $100

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

Early T&E Career Professional (less than 5 years of T&E experience) VERIFICATION REQUIRED – Includes a one-year ITEA membership for Non-ITEA Member.

SUBSTITUTION AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Substitutions are permitted. Refunds are not available within two (2) days prior to the start of the event. Requests for cancellation submitted after 2 days prior to the event will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee.


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.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to highlight your company before and during the Symposium. Let us know your budget and we’ll help you get noticed. NOTE: Sponsorship is tax deductible.

2021 Symposium Sponsorship Pledge Form


Why Exhibit

Don’t miss your opportunity to exhibit at the 2021 Symposium.  Commercial, academic, and government exhibits will play an integral part of this workshop. We’ll put you in the right place at the right time. Increase your visibility, network with key players, and show your support and commitment to the  industry and community! The virtual booth will include:

  • Live Stream: Have a live video chat with attendees real-time. 
  • Promo Video URL: Share a pre-recorded video with attendees visiting your booth.
  • Company Description: Add a description of your company/organization.
  • Offer Link: In the Offer area, add a special deal, discount, or reward for booth visitors.
  • Products: Add pictures of products with description.
  • Social Links: Include links to your social media so that interested attendees can stay up to date with your organization.
  • Upload Documents: Provide any resources for attendees visiting your booth to view & download. 
  • Chat: Chat in your booth or send a request for a private chat.
  • Registration Included: Exhibit fee includes two (2) complimentary registrations but UNLIMITED booth personnel.

Virtual Exhibit Application

Exhibitor Overview Video- Coming Soon

Virtual Booth Information

Please contact Lena Moran at Lena@itea.org for additional details.


Symposium Chair:Mr. Steve Woffinden, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Deputy Symposium Chair: J. Michael Barton, PhD, Parsons Fellow

Technical Program Chair: Erwin Sabile, BAH

Tutorial Chair: J. Michael Barton, PhD, Parsons Fellow

Exhibits and Sponsorship Chair: Ms. Lena Moran, Lena@itea.org 

Awards Committee Chair: Ms. Stephanie Clewer, SA-TECH


Additional Symposium Planners:

Dr. Ade Britton, T&E Campaign, QinetiQ
Mr. Terry Murphy, Deputy Director T&E Office, Department of Homeland Security
Ms. Kathi Swagerty, Air Academy Associates, Sec ITEA Valley of the Sun Chapter, Chair ITEA Corporate Development Committee
COL (R) Rick Bailer
Mr. Pete Christensen, ITEA Professional Development Committee Chair, Independent Consultant
Mr. Erwin Sabile, BAH, Symposium Chair 2022

Event Details


13 - 17 Sep 2021




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