Special Keynotes

Mayor Jerry Demings
Orange County, FL

Opening Keynote
Will Roper
Chief Executive Officer, Istari, Former Air Force Acquisition Chief

Luncheon Keynote
Bradley Friel
Senior VP of Multi-Modal Planning and Environment,
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Afternoon Keynote
Christine Kefauver
Senior VP of Corporate Development,

Summit Chair
Bev Seay
Southeast Regional Director,
National Security Innovation Network, DoD

Summit Co-Host
George Cheros
CEO & President,
National Center for Simulation

Morning Keynote
Simone Babb, CVP, GISP
Chief Innovation & Emerging Technologies Officer,
Orange County, FL

Digital Transformation Technologies and Their Uses

Michael Tschanz
Dir., Engineering Technology & Analysis, Disney Parks Experience & Products

Sean Fitzgerel
Sr. Account Acct Executive – Mobility

Chengli He
Sr. Industry Manager

Danny Williams
Technical Account Manager
Epic Games

Vitor Lopes Pereira, M.Sc.
Senior Product Sales Manager – Digital Twin – Americas
Ansys Inc.

Increasing Value through the Application of Digital Transformation

Grace Bochenek, Ph.D.
Dir. & Prof., IST | School of Modeling, Simulation and Training

Ross Murello
Manager, Learning Innovation
JetBlue University

Carly Rohrig Huffman
Sr. Staff Systems Engineer
Lockheed Martin Enterprise Operations

Alex Pazos
Sr. Business Development Americas | Smart Cities & Spaces, NVIDIA

The Details

Join Orange County Government, National Center for Simulation, and our Host Sponsor, Duke Energy, for the 2023 Florida Simulation Summit at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

The Florida Simulation Summit highlights the strong progress, synergy, and development of the Orlando region’s multi-billion-dollar modeling, simulation, and training (MS&T) industry. Our region likes to showcase the ease of collaboration between businesses, researchers, and the military, which is one of the major reasons it is recognized as an epicenter for the MS&T industry.

Following this year’s keynotes and panel discussions, attendees are invited to visit the new Brightline Fast Train in Terminal C! Brightline is coming to The City Beautiful and its new Orlando train station will connect 170 miles of track from Central Florida to the rest of South Florida!

The National Center for Simulation — with government, academic, and 345 plus industry members — is committed to promoting modeling and simulation technology expansion, supporting education and workforce development, and providing business development support to our members.

As such, we are looking forward to promoting what we feel is the next big expansion of our ecosystem with the continual push toward the digital transformation of our economy. No matter what sector you work in — cyber, defense, energy, finance, gaming, healthcare, homeland security, manufacturing, optics, photonics, space, or transportation — the addition of sensors, artificial intelligence, and machine learning is transforming the way we do business. When done correctly, the collection, storage, distribution, consumption, and protection of data are making the return on investment of the digital transformation too big for companies to ignore.

We have closed registration for this year’s Florida Simulation Summit.

If you have questions, please contact Neal Finkelstein at drnealfink@simulationinformation.com.

The Details

  • Date: May 10, 2023

  • Location:
    Hyatt – Orlando International Airport

    Day of Event Parking: Valet $9 / Self-parking $6
    Parking vouchers will be available at the event registration desk.
    *See detailed parking maps/instructions below

  • $49 Early Bird (thru May 4)
    $89 after May 4 & Event Day

    Price includes program, breakfast & lunch, and Brightline tour

  • Details:

    7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    Registration & Networking

    Morning Session 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    Opening Remarks –
    Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, George Cheros and Bev Seay

    Keynote – Dr. Will Roper, Istari

    Panel #1 – Digital Transformation Technologies and Their Uses

    Orange County Update – Simone Babb

    11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Morning Break/
    Exhibitor Time

    11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Panel #2 – Increasing Value through the Application of Digital Transformation

    12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Afternoon Session 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Keynote – Airport of the Future
    Bradley Friel

    Orlando’s New Brightline Fast Train –
    Christine Kefauver

    2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Exhibitor Time
    Brightline Fast Train Official Tour