The call for abstracts has ended. Speaker notices were sent out on February 1st. If you have not received a notification of your abstract submission, please email Jacqueline Dupre at jdupre@NDIA.org.


The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) welcomes your abstract submission for technical presentations and posters to be a part of the 2021 Human Systems Digital Experience (HSDE). Rather than being held over the course of a few consecutive days, this digital experience will feature a part-day webinar on every Tuesday in March 2021 for a total of five webinars—all based on the overall theme of Maximizing Human Readiness throughout the U.S. military and national security enterprise by leveraging operational readiness and emerging capabilities.

Practitioners, program managers, and S&T leaders are invited to submit brief, high-impact abstracts of technical accomplishments and research-based recommendations relevant to the specific community of interest on which each webinar is focused. Please see below and refer to the side menu for the specific communities of interest and their descriptions.

Webinar Topics

March 9: Personalized Assessment, Education, and Training
March 16: Protection, Sustainment, and Warfighter Performance
March 23: Systems Interface and Cognitive Processing
March 30: Advocacy and Metrics

Deadline for submissions: Extended to 12pm EST, January 22, 2021

Abstract Requirements

  • Abstracts can address completed research, on-going research, and discussions of planned research or emerging concepts.
  • Abstracts submissions should be no longer than 5,000 characters.
  • Abstracts must be unclassified, Distribution A: Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited 
  • Abstracts should fall into one of the following topic focus areas: Personalized Assessment, Education, and Training (PAE&T); Protection, Sustainment, and Warfighter Performance (PS&WP); Systems Interface and Cognitive Processing (SI&CP); or Advocacy and Metrics (A&M). Please visit each topic's respective sub-page via the side menu for additional details.

  • Posters submissions- should outline details of the proposed poster or the demonstration concerning either ongoing or completed work.
    • To support the virtual format of this event, authors will record and submit an approximately 5-minute video outlining their poster. This video recording will be viewable by attendees throughout the 2021 Humans Systems Digital Experience.
  • Presentation submissions- should either focus on completed work that demonstrates high-impact results for the community or discuss future efforts such as anticipated new developments in Science and Technology in order to foster more dynamic and interactive discussions and help generate visionary ideas and concepts.
    • To support the virtual format of this event, authors will be asked to conduct a live presentation of their abstract on the date of their specific webinar topic.

How to Submit

Submit abstracts online here

An automated confirmation will be sent upon submission. Notifications will be sent electronically on February 1, 2021.

Please note:

Submitting an abstract is a professional commitment. If the abstract is accepted, the Author commits to attend the virtual event or submit prerecorded presentations on time. Live presentations will be recorded and available for attendees to view throughout the 2021 Human Systems Digital Experience, as permitted by presentation authors. Authors are responsible for obtaining the appropriate public release for their presentations. Approved presentation authors will receive a discount code that will allow them to register at a discounted rate for the entirety of the 2021 HSDE.