2024 information will be posted next year. Agenda information from 2023 can be used for early planning of 2024.

2023 Special Events

NATO Joint Force Development – Leveraging the State-of-the-Art While Envisioning the Art of the Possible thru Next Generation M&S and Wargaming

The Joint Force Development Directorate at the NATO Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation is committed to delivering NATO’s Warfare Development Agenda. Modelling & Simulation and Wargaming are two critical areas that are being developed in order to ensure that concepts are transformed to capabilities for NATO. NATO HQ SACT’s Joint Force participation in MODSIM World 2023 will explore these areas in this unique Senior Leadership panel.

Moderator: Ulf Jinnestrand, Sr. Subject Matter Expert Military Training & Simulation, Virginia Modeling Analysis Simulation Center/ODU

Introduction: MAJ Stephen Nelson, Program Director, NATO Next Generation M&S Capability


  • VADM Placido Torresi, Deputy Chief of Staff, Joint Force Development
  • BG Moschos Voudouris, Assistant Chief of Staff, Joint Force Development
  • COL Mark Madden, USA, Branch Head, M&S, Learning Technologies Branch, Joint Force Development
  • Col N. D. “Wally” Waldron, USMC, Branch Head, Experimentation and Wargaming Branch, Joint Forces Development
  • Paul Cummings, Ph.D., Chief Architect, Unity Government & Aerospace
  • Alethea Duhon, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Product, Istari, Inc.
  • Sébastien Lozé, Unreal Engine Business Director, Simulation, Epic Games

“The Simulation Century" – Generative AI, The Metaverse, and the Future

This is our eleventh annual session to address the growing issue of managing the human/machine interface as we hurtle towards the Singularity and the Metaverse. We will continue our discussion of how to achieve fluency with smarter balance between humans and machines to optimize outcomes. The Simulation Century Panel presentations this year will focus on technologies and methods for implementing the right human/machine balance in the accelerating age of generative AI.

Moderator: Richard Boyd, CEO, Tanjo, Inc., I Prompt, Therefore I am. Design in the Era of Generative AI


  • Joe Ableidinger, Executive Director, SparkNC, New Learning, New Pathways: The Future of Education
  • James O’Shea, Chairman of the Board, Middle East Broadcast Network, The Fourth Estate and the Deal from Hell
  • Kyle Shannon, Founder, Agency.com; Creator, AI Artists Salon, Implementing EveryDay AI

Digital Twins – The Building Blocks of the Metaverse

Over the last year, the Metaverse has been a focus of so many conversations across the DoD, industry, and just about every other market – from real estate to retail. And while just what the Metaverse is and what it will look like is still being debated, we can look to Digital Twin technologies and applications for inspiration. Often referred to as the building blocks of the Metaverse, Digital Twin technologies are being used now to create real value and solve real problems. This panel will define, in very clear terms, what digital twins are, how they are being used to solve problems, the evolution of the digital twin market, and how digital twins fit into the broader discussion of the Metaverse.

Moderator: Luke DeVore, Senior Manager, Strategy & Partnerships, Government & Aerospace, Unity Technologies


  • Paul Cummings, Ph.D., Chief Architect, Unity Government and Aerospace
  • Chris Hample, Director, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Robert Herman, Co-founder & CEO, REscan
  • Matt Zimmerman, CEO, Beast Code

SBIRs – Getting Beyond Phase II (Tales from the Tranches)

The SBIR program came under a lot of Congressional scrutiny late last year, but ultimately the program was reauthorized – but with new changes. What are those changes and how do they affect the program? While many are familiar with the SBIR program, getting beyond Phase II is still an elusive goal for many small businesses. Government leaders, SBIR law experts, and industry pros who have fought – and won – in the SBIR trenches. Hear where the pitfalls are and how to optimize your business’ chances of moving beyond Phase II towards real commercialization.

Moderator: Luke DeVore, Senior Manager, Strategy & Partnerships, Government & Aerospace, Unity Technologies


  • Paul Reid, Army SBIR Portfolio Manager, U.S. Army, DEVCOM – ARL, Strategic Partnerships Office
  • Brian Shipley, SBIR/STTR Commercialization Program Manager, Department of the Navy
  • Rick Stone, Founder, Stone Solutions + Research Collective, LLC
  • Josh Sutliff, Senior Director, Capture – Innovation, Slingshot Aerospace, Inc.


The MODSIM STEM event provides a unique opportunity to contribute directly to the school experience of youth who are beginning to formulate their dreams for the future. During the MODSIM STEM event, approximately 75 local high school students will get the opportunity to see firsthand the world of M&S. Students will rotate through hands-on M&S demonstrations provided in the exhibit hall to see STEM in action.


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