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Technical Challenges Workshop 2002     Strategic Opportunities Symposium 2002     Early Adopters Workshop 2003     JFCOM Workshop 2003

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The Extensible Modeling and Simulation Framework (XMSF) is defined as a set of Web-based technologies, applied within an extensible framework, that enables a new generation of modeling & simulation (M&S) applications to emerge, develop and interoperate.

Specific subject areas for XMSF include (a) Web/XML, (b) Internet/networking and (c) modeling & simulation (M&S).

Web Services provide the best technical approach and the best business strategy for large-scale progress.

Partner institutions leading the research & development of XMSF are listed as follows. The XMSF People page lists XMSF partner investigators and staff.

Primary sponsors to date include

Participating organizations to date include

Please contact us if you are interested in further sponsorship or collaboration opportunities.


We are now presenting multiple XMSF-enabled projects that support Web Services for modeling & simulation (M&S).


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Technical Challenges Workshop 2002

The initial XMSF Technical Challenges Workshop was organized to examine the following proposal: whether Web-based technologies might be applied for all forms of Modeling & Simulation.

The workshop was held 19-20 August 2002 at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California, just prior to the NPS MOVES Open House.

The Workshop Agenda (.pdf), early-draft Workshop White Paper and Workshop Participants list our goals, methodology and attendees.

The following briefings and white papers were presented.

Speakers Point paper contributions
Don Brutzman, NPS Workshop welcome, plan of action
  Web/XML Group
Don Brutzman, NPS Moderator: Group discussion report
Mike Bailey, TECOM/MCMSMO Marine Corps Modeling & Simulation Issues
Erik Chaum, NUWC NATO Trilogy: Shared Operational Context brief and Transformation Cornerstone: Operational Context paper
Rob Glidden, Sun Microsystems Web Services
David Kwak, MITRE IT/Web Technologies integration to DOD M&S, and Its Future Direction
Francisco Loaiza, IDA Web-Based Simulation
Chenghui Luo, Fraunhofer CRCG XMSF Security: XML and DRM Issues
Ed Sims, VCom3D Humanoid animation, SEDRIS, ADL SCORM, and Speech Application Programmer's Interface XML (SAPI-XML) Markup,
Andreas Tolk, ODU Avoiding another Green Elephant – A Proposal for the Next Generation HLA based on the Model Driven Architecture
Phil Zimmerman, DMSO GameBoy Composability
  Internet/networking Group
Mark Pullen, GMU Moderator: Group discussion report
Rusty Baldwin, AFIT/ENG Communication systems modeling
Scott Bradner, Harvard IP transport
Suleyman Guleyupoglu, NRL Collaborative Engineering Enterprise
MAJ Dave Laflam USA, AMSO Networking needs for Army knowledge portal
Sue Numrich, DMSO Large-scale M&S network strategies
Norbert Schiffner, Fraunhofer CRCG Communication Framework for XMSF
Marcello Zuffo, University of São Paulo, Brazil XML Opportunities in Real Time Immersive Simulation & Visualization Based on Clusters of Commodity Computers
  Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Group
Katherine L. Morse, SAIC Moderator: Group discussion report
Steve Carson, GSC Associates ISO, SEDRIS position paper on key challenges
Paul Diefenbach, OpenWorlds Advanced 3D graphics rendering
Niki Deliman Goerger, TRAC/ERDC Terrain and land environmental databases
Alan Hudson and Justin Couch, Yumetech Interoperable Media Player Toolkit (IMP)
Cristina Russo Dos Santos, Eurecom and University of Toulon, France Supporting Web-based Modeling and Simulation
Kalyan S. Perumalla, Georgia Tech Time mechanisms and services
Mikel D. Petty, ODU (unable to attend) Semantic Composability and XMSF.
Slides: Two Aspects of Composability: Lexicon and Theory
Dick Puk, Intelligraphics Inc. Expanding the Role of Simulation
Sanjeev Trika, Intel Key Opportunities for Web-based Modeling and Simulation

Strategic Opportunities Symposium 2002

The XMSF Strategic Opportunities Symposium 2002 was organized to report back the successful results of the XMSF Technical Challenges Workshop. We asked key program managers and warfighter advocates to present their views on the strategic opportunities provided by XMSF.

The Symposium was held 6 September 2002 at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax Virginia.

The Symposium Agenda and Symposium Announcement (.pdf) list our goals, methodology and attendees. Also available: Symposium Attendees.

The following Symposium briefings were presented in response to the XMSF Technical Challenges Workshop report.

Speakers Presentation Contributions Video presentations
Dr. Anita Jones, UVA Keynote: Modeling & Simulation Technologies and the Web Jones video
Don Brutzman, Mark Pullen, Katherine L. Morse, Mike Zyda
XMSF Overview and Technical Workshop Report Brutzman video
Pullen video
Morse video
Brutzman video
Zyda video
Rob Glidden, Sun Microsystems Web Services Glidden video
Sanjeev Trika, Intel XMSF using Web Technologies: An Authoring Perspective Trika video
Philip V.W. Dodds, ADL Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL): SCORM and beyond Dodds video
Walt Zimmers, DTRA DoD's Homeland Defense Role and Web-Based M&S Zimmers video
Mike Bailey, TECOM/MCMSMO Trends in Technical Support to Training 2003-2008 Bailey video
Dennis K. McBride, Potomac Institute A "Warfighter" Perspective  
Dana Paterson, NAVAIR Web-Based Modeling and Simulation: Understanding and Dealing With Complexity in FORCEnet  
Phil Zimmerman, DMSO XMSF and Enabling DoD M&S Capability Zimmerman video
MAJ David Laflam USA, AMSO Training Exercises and Military Operations (TEMO) Perspective on XMSF Laflam video
Steve Swenson, NUWC/NAVMSMO Navy Modeling and Simulation Swenson video
Alan Murashige, HQ USAF XIW Warfighter Interoperability Murashige video
Additional Contribution    
David Drake, SAIC A Security Approach to XMSF  

Early Adopters Workshop, February 2003

The XMSF Early Adopters Workshop was held February 7 2003 at the SAIC Towers Conference Center, McLean Virginia. Agenda and Workshop Announcement (.pdf) list our goals, methodology and attendees. From the agenda:

The primary goal of the Early Adopters' Workshop is to commence collaborative activities on XMSF implementations. The Workshop will be informational and will serve to bootstrap new activities. Attendees are encouraged to prepare short briefings on programs that will benefit from XMSF, and technology and technology applications suitable for inclusion in XMSF. The focus of the Workshop is on getting early XMSF implementations into prototypes for future systems.
Speakers Presentation Contributions Presentations
Dr. Katherine L. Morse XMSF Development Strategies Introduction Powerpoint
Capt. Mike Lilienthal (Director DMSO) Keynote: XMSF and the Road Ahead Road Powerpoint
Morse, Pullen, Brutzman Progress to Date: Videos of I/ITSEC Exemplar Demos Progress Powerpoint
Dr. Andreas Tolk, Mr. John Daly, Major Lynda Myers USAF C4I/Simulation Interoperation Momentum Momentum Powerpoint
Morse, Pullen, Tolk, Brutzman Liaison and Partnership: Getting Involved Liaison Powerpoint
Rob Glidden (Sun), Don Brutzman Shared Content Server Resource Planning Discussion
Gene Layman, John Daly C4I Apps Utilizing Embedded Simulation Infrastructure C4I Apps Powerpoint
Zyda, Brutzman, Morse, Pullen, Tolk Early Adoption Opportunities Opportunities Powerpoint 
Paul Gustafson Base Object Models (BOMs): Composable, Reusable Model Components BOMs Powerpoint 
Lynda D. Myers Net-Centric Enterprise Systems (NCES) NCES Powerpoint
Norman Badler, Jan Allbeck, Matt Beitler, Kathy Feng, Honghui Lu Extending XMSF with a Parameterized Action Representation for Agent Behaviors Point paper
Andreas Tolk Network Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) and XMSF Possibilities NCES and XMSF Powerpoint

XMSF JFCOM Workshop, May 2003

Three dozen people met 15 May 2003 to discuss XMSF approaches to a joint-forces exercise this summer. Dr. Andreas Tolk (atolk at odu.edu) served as host.

Speakers Presentation Contributions
Andreas Tolk Welcome and Schedule
Don Brutzman and Katherine L. Morse (intro section) XMSF Overview, Progress Examples and Exercise Planning
Phil Zimmerman Composable Mission Space Environments (CMSE)
Mark Pullen, George Mason University
LTC Ken Wilson, Army Model and Simulation Office Michael Hieb, ALION Science & Technology Andreas Tolk, Old Dominion University
XMSF C4I Testbed
Andreas Tolk, Katherine Morse and Don Brutzman XDV: XMSF Distributive Continuous Experimentation Environment (DCEE) Viewer
Katherine L. Morse Simulation Assisted Learning Using HLA and ADL

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