SAE On-Board Diagnostics Symposium

September 11-13, 2018 │ Indianapolis, IN, USA

Why Attend:

  • Get the latest information first hand on regulatory happenings and positions
  • Meet with standards developers to gain better understanding on the proposed changes to both SAE and ISO standards.  SAE standards include J2012, J1979, J1930, J1699, as previously noted.
  • Share experiences and potential solutions with other participants
  • Have an open forum to discuss concerns with regulators from CARB and the European Commission
  • Learn, understand and apply new strategies for OBD 
  • Network and interact with individuals representing customers, partners, suppliers, regulators, and competitors

Who Attends:

Engineers from the automotive and commercial (on- and off-highway) vehicle industries with a focus on…

  • On-Board Diagnostics
  • Alternative fuel engines
  • Computer software/Hardware/Electronics
  • Diesel fuels
  • Drivetrain
  • Emissions/Emission Control
  • Engine control systems
  • Environmental regulations and standards
  • Exhaust systems
  • Hybrid Power/Power Systems/Propulsion
  • Reliability, Maintainability, Supportability
  • Research & Development
  • Software/Software Engineering
  • Total Life Cycle management

Justification Toolkit

You recognize the value of attending the On-Board Diagnostics Symposium (OBD), but how do you communicate that to management? We encourage you to review the materials in this section to gain a greater understanding of this event and how to communicate the value it can provide when attempting to gain attendance approval from your manager.

Justification Resources

Promotional Toolkit

Emergency Procedures During This SAE Event

During this SAE event attendees are to follow the established emergency guidelines of the facility where the emergency occurs. Based on the location of the incident, report emergencies to the nearest venue representative and/or security personnel if available, or report to the SAE operations office onsite.

Should a catastrophic event occur, attendees should follow the safety and security instructions issued by the facility at the time of the event. This includes listening for instructions provided through the public-address system and following posted evacuation routes if required.

In case of an emergency, or a major disruption to the schedule of the event, attendees and exhibitors may call the below number to receive updated information on the status of the event. Updates will also be provided via the SAE website at and event mobile app.

SAE Emergency Hotline

Special Events

Emissions-Related OBD Systems: A Design Overview—Following the OBD event and in the same location, this one-day seminar is designed to provide an overview of the fundamental design objectives and the features needed to achieve those objectives for generic onboard diagnostics. The basic structure of an onboard diagnostic will be described along with the system definitions needed for successful implementation.

Hotel Information

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

350 West Maryland St.
Indianapolis, IN 46225

JW Marriott Indianapolis

10 South West St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Note: The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is sold out. Please visit the link provided above for the JW Marriott to reserve a room.

Driving Directions and Transportation

Alert: Room Reservations

SAE International does not use a housing bureau or third-party agency for hotel accommodations or any other travel arrangements. Any claims by any company stating otherwise are not true. Please be sure you are booking directly through the links on this page or directly with a specific property.

Message to Attendees

SAE International has made every effort to secure the best possible group nightly room rate for you at this event. That rate results from a negotiated overall package of event needs such as sleeping rooms, meeting room space and other requirements. Contracts with the venue include a provision to reduce event costs if SAE meets or exceeds its minimum sleeping room block guarantee. Conversely, event costs will increase if SAE falls short of its minimum room block guarantee. Please help SAE keep the costs of this event as low as possible by booking your housing needs at the designated host hotel and through the reservation process created by SAE. Reserving elsewhere means you are booking outside the contracted room block, jeopardizing SAE's ability to meet its contracted obligations and to keep registration fees to a minimum. SAE appreciates your support and understanding of this important issue.

Deadlines & Pricing

Pre-registration/Cancellation Deadline:  Aug. 17, 2018


Registration Categories and Fees


By Aug. 17, 2018

After Aug. 17, 2018

OBD Introductory Workshop
Monday, Sept. 10
$50 $50

SAE Members (all tiers)

Full conference






$1,860 $1,960

Technical Program Participant

 (includes presenters, organizers, panelists, moderators)



Media/Press Before registering, please contact or

Student - Full 3-day Symposium
(full time student ID required)



Exhibitor Booth Personnel
Limit 1 per booth space
(Exhibitor ID required)



Registration package includes:
Morning and Afternoon Breaks, Lunches, Reception(s), Technical Sessions, Breakout Sessions, Exhibits and Presentation files, where permission has been granted.

Tentative Registration Hours:
Monday, Sept. 10: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 11: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Conditions of Sale:
Registrations received after Aug. 17, 2018, will automatically be charged the on-site price. NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 PERMITTED. All cancellations must be received by SAE prior to Aug. 17, 2018. A $50 processing fee will be assessed for each canceled registration that results in a refund. Refunds for special event/meal tickets will not be processed after Aug. 17, 2018. Refunds will not be issued if cancellation occurs on or after Aug. 17, 2018.

Consent to Use of Images:

Please note that photographs and video taken by or on behalf of SAE International of event activities and attendees shall be the property of SAE International.  By registering for an SAE International event, you consent to the use by SAE International of any photograph or video in which you appear, including for promotional purposes, in print, digital, or other format, without notice or compensation to you.