Defence leaders gather at simulation conference

Friday, 11 July 2008

Leading defence and industry personnel will be in Adelaide next week to discuss the way forward in defence simulation technology and use.

Defence Simulation Week is a joint initiative of the University of Adelaide and the UK's Cranfield University and will be held during 14-18 July at the National Wine Centre.

The week starts with a one-day defence symposium DEF.NET 2008 on Monday 14 July with keynote speakers including Air Commodore Graham Bentley, Director General Joint Combined Exercises, and Kim McCleery, Defence SA's General Manager, Business Development.

The symposium will be followed by a dinner where His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia, will be the guest of honour and speaker.

The inaugural OPNET Defence User Forum will be held on Tuesday 15 July followed by a three-day defence simulation training course, 'Introduction to Modelling and Simulation of Defence Systems'. This course will be jointly delivered by Adelaide and Cranfield universities.

"Simulation allows the Australian Defence Force to 'test drive' multi-billion-dollar defence systems in a virtual environment before going ahead and building them - reducing the risk of schedule delays and cost over-runs we have seen in some projects," says Professor Michael Rumsewicz, Director of the University of Adelaide's Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking (CDCIN), the organiser of Defence Simulation Week.

"Simulation has become an integral part of the global defence industry and this Defence Simulation Week enables defence leaders and simulation users and developers, vendors and customers, to gather together to share lessons from around the world."

The University's Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking widely consults to government and the defence industry on communication systems analysis and systems modelling and simulation.

Cranfield University is the academic provider to the Defence College of Management and Technology at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham, UK. The University of Adelaide last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cranfield University on joint provision of courses and research in defence and security.


Contact Details

Dr Dushy Tissainayagam
Business Manager
Centre for Defence Communications & Information Networking
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 3238
Mobile: 0402 565 266
Fax: +61 8 8313 4395

Ms Robyn Mills
Media and Communications Officer
The University of Adelaide
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