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Simulation Conference

Thursday 10 October
This event is open and complimentary to PACIFIC 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
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E3.10, Level 3 Exhibition, ICC Sydney

The Maritime Simulation Conference will provide a forum for discussion on the use of modelling and simulation in the maritime sector. The conference will include information sessions from the academia, government and industry.


Dr Saikou Y. Diallo

Dr Diallo has a Ph.D. Modeling and Simulation, Old Dominion University, 2010, M.Sc. Modeling and Simulation, Old Dominion University, 2006, and a B.S. Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University, 2003. His areas of expertise include: M&S Interoperability, the Science of M&S, and M&S Methodologies.

Since May 2010 he has been Research Assistant Professor at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), Old Dominion University (May 2010 Current). This role includes the Director of the Modeling and Simulation Interoperability Lab, Co-Lead of the Human Dynamics lab, Affiliated Faculty at Old Dominion University, Research Associate at the Institute for Bio-Cultural Study of Religion; and has received over one million dollars of funding.

Prior to his current role, from May 2006-2010 Dr Diallo was the Senior Project Scientist at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), Old Dominion University whereby be acted as Co-PI on over two million dollars of funded projects, served as Technical lead for NAT) and DoD projects, and served as co-Lead of SISO/IEEE standard drafting group. From January 2004 to May 2006, he was the Project Scientist: Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), Old Dominion University and acted as developer on NATO, DoD and DHS projects.

Dr Diallo is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group Simulation (SIGSIM), the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO), and the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS).

Associate Professor John McGhee

Associate Professor John McGhee is the Director of the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab. John’s academic research work explores art and design-led modes of visualising complex scientific and biomedical data using 3D computer animation techniques, most recently on Virtual Reality (VR) headsets.

His most recent work includes the deployment of VR in stroke rehabilitation, clinical MRI 3D visualisation for patient education and the application of VR in bio-nano cellular data visualisation. This has culminated in John being recognised as one of UNSW Australia’s 21 ‘Rising Stars’.

Rolf Petersen

Rolf Petersen “Pedro” is an Aircrewman Instructor / Examiner at Toll’s ACE Training Centre since the October 2016.  Coming on board after starting out in the Royal Australian Navy as an aircrewman on board Seahawk helicopters, he has spent more than a decade in the aeromedical industry flying HEMS NSW, Victoria and South Australia, offshore SAR in the North West Shelf and in Trinidad, and has also spent a number of years with the UAE Airforce SAR squadron.

As an Aircrewman Instructor, his role is involved in all training aspects at ACE.  The principal role is search and rescue training with a key part being the winch training for the NSW Ambulance paramedics and doctors, and for new crewmen.  It also involves conducting standardisation checks for new crewmen, line checks, and night vision goggle annual assessments.  Facilitating three cyclic training blocks per year, the unique part of the role is having a foot in every camp, in the cockpit assisting the pilot so there is involvement with the full flight simulator; in the cabin conducting the winching so using the Virtual Reality in CATS (Complete Aircrew Training System) and also working in HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) facility as instructors, so in the pool each week!

Scott Watkins, DFC

In July 1992, Scott joined the Australian Regular Army and graduated as an Infantry Officer. His first posting was to Holsworthy where he served as a Mechanised Infantry Platoon Commander. In 1996, Scott was selected for pilot training, and on completion flew Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters. Scott has deployed on operational tours of Bougainville and of East Timor.

Scott served in Canberra as the Aide de Camp to the then Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove, AC MC and later to Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, AO. This was followed by an exchange posting with the British Army in Germany as a Flight Commander. In September 2004, Scott deployed to Iraq with his Squadron where he eventually commanded the Squadron.

For his actions in Iraq, Scott was awarded the British Distinguished Flying Cross by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Scott's last two postings in his military career were as the commanding officer of the 6th Aviation Regiment based in Holsworthy and to the United States Pacific Command in Hawaii , where he was awarded the US Defense (sic) Meritorious Service Medal.

Scott left the Army in 2016, joining Toll Helicopters as the Operations Manager for the NSW Helicopter Emergency Medical Service contract. In late 2017, Scott accepted a promotion into his current position as the General Manager of the Aeromedical Crewing Excellence (ACE) Training Centre.

Jawahar Bhalla

JB has 30+ years' experience, with strengths in Systems Thinking (ST), Systems Engineering (SE), Modelling & Simulation (M&S), Interoperability and Technical Governance. He has recently established "JB Engineering Systems" with a two-fold mission: - to promote the power of ST, M&S as foundational competencies that help us understand and deal with complexity, and on their application to engineer systems for a better and safer world.

Prior to this JB was at CAE for 24+years in technical leadership roles, most recently as Manager, Solutions & Technologies for the ME-APAC region. He started as Project Engineer on the RAAF Airlift program that delivered the world's-first high-fidelity flight and mission training systems for the C-130J, B707 and C-130H back in 1998. He architected the innovations to ADF maintenance training in the delivery of Virtual Maintenance Trainers for the Australian Army Black Hawk and Navy Seahawk aircraft. He championed the architectural paradigm shift enabling RAAF team and distributed mission training, resulting in successful C-130J FFMS participation in CVF exercises since 2015. As Chief-Engineer/SDE he architected CAE's Engineering Management System, establishing the first and only AEO for ADF Simulators for well over a decade.

Prior to CAE JB was a Systems Engineer at MDA, working on Airspace Management and Flight Planning Systems for Australia, Belgium and Norway.

Dr Gary Eves

Dr Gary Eves has been involved in the development, operation and sales of simulation based systems for 30 years. His experience started in flight simulation for Hughes Rediffusion , then driving simulation for the UK Dept Of Transport. Developing and managing the first commercial VR Centre at PERA in 1995, combing VR design, with Rapid Prototyping and manufacturing simulation.

On joining Silicon Graphics in Asia Pacific he implemented simulation systems in Automotive design, Oil & Gas exploration, Entertainment and Defence systems. For the last 10 years he has been implementing simulation in healthcare training, where he completed a PhD investigating the use of computer game technology to develop training simulations.

Further enquiries:
Alisha Fisher
Managing Director
Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance
0412 442 642