National Defense Applications Modeling and Simulation (USMOS) Conference, 2017

National Defense Applications Modeling and Simulation (USMOS) Conference, held for the first time in 2005, is organized for the seventh time in 2017. The biannual conference can now be considered institutional. This year, the USMOS Conference will be held on 21-23 November 2017 under the coordinatorship of METU-TAF Modeling and Simulation Research and Application Center (MODSİMMER). Besides METU, Defense Industry Manufacturers Association (SASAD), Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) and General Staff of the Republic of Turkey support the Conference.

METU - TSK MODSIMMER was established in 1999 with the aim of providing academic support to the modeling and simulation (MODSİM) projects of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF or TSK). The center is under the METU rectorate and it is operating on METU campus together with the representation of General Staff and the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries. METU - TAF MODSIMMER, with experience gained since 1999, has assumed roles such as being the "Center of Excellence" in Turkey in the field of MODSİM and consequently, acting as the authority on "Validation, Verification and Accreditation" and organizing the USMOS Conference at the national level.

Participation in the USMOS Conference is free of charge and open to everyone. This year the Conference's main theme is "New Generation Simulation Technologies: Augmented Reality and Serious Games." For more detailed and up-to-date information about the conference, the web page (http://www.usmos.metu.edu.tr/) may be visited. In the scope of the conference, local and foreign MODSİM specialists including Osman Balcı from Virginia Tech University; Banu Onaral and Kurtulus Izzetoğlu from Drexel University; Özlem Ö. Garibay from University of Central Florida and Federico Santiago Pérez Dueñas, the present NATO MODSIM Group Coordinator, will speak.

USMOS Conference is an important platform for sharing and discussing the developments in the field of MODSIM interacting with the leading experts of our country. At the same time, during the conference, industry sponsors will present their works and exhibit their products and capabilities in the exhibition area.

This year at the USMOS 2017 Conference, 48 academic papers were included in the program by the evaluation of three expert reviewers. Submitted papers were distributed among 74 Program Committee members. Poster presentations will also be held this year. Also, under the program, a panel of distinguished speakers for the main theme of the Conference will be constructed. Lastly, METU MODSIM Student Group will participate at the conference with a contest between universities.