Virtual Worlds Forum

8-9 November 2018

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On 8-9 November, SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM and other Departments of Defense activities, will host the 12th running Virtual Worlds Forum (VWF) in Tampa, FL. Industry, Academia, Labs, and Government representatives are invited to participate to stimulate collaboration on standards and technologies to enable interoperable 3D synthetic environments. The open/unclassified discussions will focus on relevant capabilities, level of interest, and issues associated with Government adoption of this type of application.


Virtual World Forum Overview

The VWF is a group of U.S. Government representatives researching, developing, testing, assessing, and using Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) applications to enhance various aspects of their respective mission areas. The VWF meets every quarter at locations throughout the United States allowing an opportunity to collaborate on common interests.

The Virtual Worlds Forum will follow the 7 November Unity 3D Developers Forum.

Technology Focus Areas

Leveraging low-cost high-quality Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and/or Mixed Reality capabilities available now, under development, or anticipated to be developed in the next 3-5 years to visualize:

• Geospatial and related data overlays

• 3D exploded-view models

• 3D CAD

• Other 3D scene visualizations

Technologies and concepts briefed or demonstrated should address the interrelated problems of creating, collecting and characterizing data for use within VR/AR/MR; processing data for visualization within VR/AR/MR; and fusing data within VR/AR/MR to inform decisions. Alternate means to achieve the same ends or effects will also be considered and responses are encouraged even if you have only a part of a more comprehensive solution.



The Virtual Worlds Forum is an opportunity for our Government, Academic, and Industry partners to describe, discuss, showcase, demonstrate, and experience VR/AR/MR capabilities that may be of interest.

The event will consist of two days of unclassified briefings and technology demonstrations.

8 November participants must be U.S. citizens. 9 November is open to U.S. & International attendees.


Tentative Agenda

Day 1: 8 November (*U.S. Citizens Only*)
8:00 AM Check In and Demo Set-Up
8:30 AM SOFWERX 101 (Auditorium)
9:00 AM Opening Remarks
9:20 AM Session 1 – Level of Detail Standards Terminology Visualization
9:45 AM Session 2 – Penn State Applied Research Lab Efforts
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Capability Demonstrations (ThunderDrone)
10:05 AM Break
10:15 AM Session 3 – Booz Allen Hamilton
10:40 AM Session 4 – Immersive Wisdom
11:00 AM Break
11:10 AM Session 5 – Radiant Solutions
11:35 AM Session 6 – General Dynamics
12:00 PM Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 PM Demos Continued and Networking
4:30 Day 1 Wrap-Up

Day 2: 9 November (Open to U.S. & International Attendees)
8:00 AM Check In and Demo Set-Up
8:30 AM SOFWERX Remarks (Auditorium)
8:45 AM Opening Remarks
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Capability Demonstrations (ThunderDrone)
9:30 AM Session 1 – Presagis
9:50 AM Break
10:00 AM Session 2– PLW Modelworks
10:20 AM Session 3 – Doghead Simulations
10:40 AM Break
10:50 AM Session 4 – Hivemapper
11:10 AM Session 5 – BISimulations
11:30 AM Session 6 – PhaseSpace
12:00 PM Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 PM Demos Continued and Networking
4:30 Day 2 Wrap-Up

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change


How You Can Participate

Industry and Academia
Interested Industry and Academia can submit to participate as:

• A presenter with a tech demonstration aligned with the objectives and technology focus areas expressed above

• A participant without providing a presentation or technology demonstration

(Submissions Closed for Industry and Academia)



Submissions Closed for Government



For event related questions, please contact Tania Steele,

For technical related questions, please contact John Grant,


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