Call for Presentations — Deadline Extended

SAE International is asking you to share your time and talent by offering to give a presentation on the critical innovations and technology updates that are shaping the automotive industry.

Key dates:
• Submission portal open: June 1, 2018
• Abstract submission period: June 1 – Sept. 17, 2018
• Draft presentation due: Jan. 15, 2019
• Final presentation due: Feb. 26, 2019

Submit Abstract  Volunteer Deadlines

Submission Information

Abstracts must be submitted online to only one session. Upon submission, you will receive an automatic reply with your paper offer number. If you do not receive a paper offer number at that point, please retry online submission or email The following information will be required during the online submission process:

  1. A summary that states the objective of the paper/presentation
  2. Tentative title
  3. Name of the author and co-authors and all contact information
  4. Selection of the most appropriate technical session.

Refer to the Presenter Resources page for other useful information in preparing your paper.

Benefits of authorship:

  • Expand your professional experience and influence by demonstrating subject matter knowledge and expertise to mobility practitioners throughout the world.
  • Connect with subject matter experts in the mobility industry to expand business opportunities.
  • Be a conduit for discussion on further advancements in mobility in the areas of automotive electronics, safety, powertrain, materials, emissions and propulsion.
  • Discuss successes and problems encountered during research with your peers who may have similar experiences and lessons learned to share.
  • Your technical paper could be selected for SAE Journals—collecting our best technical papers in online and print issues throughout the year, increasing eligibility of inclusion into scientific indexes.
  • Authors receive a discount on event registration.
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Call for Reviewers

SAE International is also seeking help from experts willing to volunteer their time and technical acumen to review technical manuscripts for the Technical Sessions.
Benefits of Being a Manuscript Reviewer
  • Expand your technical knowledge by reviewing manuscripts and achieving prior awareness of the latest technologies and practices coming to the mobility industry.
  • Demonstrate your subject matter expertise to the organizers developing technical sessions.
  • Become a bigger part of the technical community by contributing to the mobility industry’s body of technical knowledge.
  • Connect with other subject matter experts in the mobility industry to expand business opportunities
  • Reviewer receive a discount on event registration
  • Reviewer Resources: Reviewer, guidance and judgement information is provided here
  • Log in to MyTechZone and click on Reviewer Expertise under Quick Links to CONNECT to the SAE Reviewer Pool
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WCX Speaking Topics


Body/Chassis/Occupant and Pedestrian Safety/Structure

Connected Vehicle

  • V2V/V2I Safety Applications

Active Safety

  • Lane Departure Warning/Lane Keeping Assistance
  • Collision & Blindspot Warning
  • Active Pedestrian Protection
  • Collision Avoidance and Imminent Braking
  • ADAS
  • Passive and Active Safety Integrations
  • Pre-crash sensing
  • Safety Critical Systems

Occupant Protection and Safety

  • Air Bag/Suppression
  • Belt Restraints
  • Child Passenger Restraints
  • Biomechanics
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Integrated Safety Systems
  • CAE Methods in Crash Safety Applications
  • Rollover
  • Rear & Side Impact
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Event Data Recorders
  • Computer Applications for Crashworthiness
  • Vehicle Aggressivity & Compatibility in Crashes
  • Safety Test Methodology

Fire Safety

  • Fire Statistics & Analysis
  • Material Flammability & Fire Experiments
  • Underhood and Electrical Fires
  • Hydrogen Vehicle Fire Safety
  • Suppression Systems

Body Structures

Corrosion Prevention

Digital Human Modeling

Glass Applications

Human Factors

  • Seating
  • Vision and Visibility
  • Comfort
  • Mobility
  • Telematics


Wiper Systems

Steering, Chassis & Suspension

Tires & Wheels

Vehicle Dynamics and Simulation


  • Safety
  • Vehicle/Chassis
  • Tires
  • Testing/Simulation
  • Aerodynamics
  • Powertrain
  • Fuels & Lubricants
  • Materials
  • Green Motorsports

Alternative Energy Systems & Sources


Advanced Propulsion/Powertrain

Hybrid and Nontraditional Powertrains

  • Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Powertrains
  • Fuel Cell Power Systems
  • EV Powertrains
  • Advanced Battery Technologies
  • Natural Gas Engines and Vehicles
  • Hydrogen IC Engines
  • Power Electronics
  • Battery Advancement / Charging

Fuel & Additive Effects on Combustion

  • Alternative and Advanced Fuels
  • Fuel Injection & Sprays
  • Fuel & Additive Effects on Engine Performance

Compression Ignition Engines

  • CI Engine Modeling
  • Cold Start & Transients
  • Kinetically Controlled CI Combustion (HCCI)
  • Partially Premixed Combustion
  • Mixing Controlled (Diesel) Combustion
  • In-Cylinder Diesel Particulate & NOx


  • New Diesel Engines & Components
  • Lubricant Diagnosis and Management Systems
  • Spark Ignition Engines
  • SI Engine Modeling
  • Direct Injection SI Engine Technology
  • New SI Engine & Component Design
  • Two-Stroke Engines
  • Rotary Engines
  • SI Combustion

High Efficiency and Reduced CO2/km)

  • Waste Heat Recovery
  • Engine Downsizing and Downspeeding
  • Variable Valvetrain Technologies
  • Small High-Efficiency Engines Control and Optimization
  • Powertrain Control and Optimization
  • Powertrain Actuators and Sensors
  • Combustion Control and Optimization

Engine Components and Subsystems

  • Advanced Turbochargers & Power Boost
  • Engine Breathing Systems
  • Power Cylinder Systems
  • Variable Valve Actuation Systems
  • Electronic Engine Controls
  • On Board Diagnostics


  • Engine Oils
  • Heavy Duty Diesel Lubricants
  • Transmission and Axle Lubricants
  • Lubricant R&D to Improve Vehicle Performance

Transmissions & Drivelines

  • Clutch Systems & Controls
  • Gear Systems & Driveline
  • Launch Devices
  • New Transmission Systems
  • Hybrid Transmissions
  • Transmission & Driveline NVH

Engine Flows and Combustion Diagnostics

In-Cylinder Velocity Measurements

Heat Transfer and Advances in Thermal & Fluid Sciences


Vehicle & Engine Systems Analysis & Modeling

Automotive Electronics/Connectivity/IoT/Smart City

  • Systems Engineering
  • Design Optimization Techniques
  • Software-in-the-loop Model-based design and verification
  • Hardware-in-the-loop Model-based design and verification
  • Software Design Engineering and Development
  • Hardware Design Engineering and Development
  • Electronics Design Processes
  • Systems Integration
  • Software / System Testing and Validation
  • Electronics Manufacturing
  • Vehicle Networks and Communication
  • Cyber-security
  • Systems Diagnostics
  • Systems Prognostics
  • Electronic Vision Systems and Applications
  • Infotainment Systems
  • Engine & Transmission Control
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Wiring and Harnesses
  • Electronic and Electric Drivetrain and Accessories
  • Battery and Energy Storage Systems
  • Driver Assistance Systems
  • Active Safety Systems
  • Safety-Critical Systems
  • Intelligent Vehicle Initiative
  • Vehicle to Vehicle
  • Vehicle to Infrastructure
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Smart-grid Technologies
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
  • Ultra-Reliability & Robustness in Automotive Electronics
  • Electromagnetics and Antennas
  • High Voltage Battery Charging
  • Internet of Things
    • Mobility of the Future
    • Mobility & Safety
    • IoT and Vehicle Insight/Customer Insight
    • Connected Dealership/Connected Service
    • The Car is Your Wallet and Other Retail Topics

Blockchain Applications

Environment/Emissions/Sustainability/Thermal Management


  • Advanced Catalyst Technology
  • Cold Start Emissions Control Technologies
  • Diesel Exhaust Emission Control (DPF Substrates & Systems, Durability, HC-DeNOx Modeling, New Developments, SCR)
  • Emissions Measurement & Testing
  • Emissions Processes for SI Engines
  • Particulate Emissions from Direct Injection
  • Gasoline Engines
  • Gas Direct Injection Aftertreatment
  • Lean NOx Catalysts
  • LEV and ULEV Emissions
  • Non-Thermal Plasma Aftertreatment
  • Substrate Technology Surface Engineering& Tribology

Thermal Systems

  • Climate Control
  • Thermal Systems Components
  • Thermal Systems for Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
  • Thermal Systems Modeling & Simulation
  • Energy Efficiency of Thermal Systems Sustainable Systems


  • Energy Efficient Manufacturing
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Vehicle Ownership/Usage Alternatives
  • (shared ownership, renting, etc)
  • GHG Emissions Reduction
  • Integration of Transportation Systems into Urban Environments
  • Mass Transit and Regional Transit Systems in an Era of Mega-Cities
  • Sustainable and Energy Efficient Manufacturing
  • Advances in Alternative Energy Sources for Sustainable Development in the Transportation Sector
  • Sustainable Materials and Components
  • LCA and Sustainability
  • Vehicle Electrification Strategies for Sustainability
  • End of Life Management: Reuse/ Recycle/ Remanufacture
  • Megatrends in Sustainability
  • Reliability of Transportation System Design

Materials and Lightweighting


  • Bar Steel & Heat Treatment Technology
  • Castings
  • Coated Materials
  • Exterior Body Panels
  • Ferrous Metals
  • Stamping Technology
  • Nonferrous Metals
  • Vehicles Structures & Applications
  • Bonding
  • Lightweighting
  • Advances in Metal Casting
  • Failure Analysis and Prevention

Materials Modeling & Testing

  • Welding & Joining & Fastening
  • Modeling of Materials for Crash Applications
  • Experiments in Automotive Engineering
  • Load Simulation & Vehicle Performance
  • CAE Durability Analysis & Applications
  • Multi-Discipline Interaction CAE Applications
  • Automotive Tribology
  • Automotive Engineering Testing and Test Methods
  • Fatigue Research & Applications
  • Materials-Environment Interactions

Automotive Polymeric, Plastic Components and Composites

  • Bumper Systems
  • Exterior Body Panels
  • Components, Process & Technologies
  • Instrument Panels
  • Interior Trim
  • Seating Materials & Design
  • Polymeric and Composite Materials
  • Composites Structures
  • Low VOC Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Elastomers

Painting and Coatings

Design and Manufacturing

Robust, Reliability, and Deterministic Design in Automotive Engineering

  • Accelerated Reliability Testing (ART)
  • Accelerated Durability Testing (ADT)
  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Body Design & Engineering
  • Design Optimization: Methods & Applications
  • Design Optimization under Uncertainty
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Model Validation and Verification
  • Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • Durability Assessment
  • Reliability and warranty forecasting of repairable automotive systems
  • Design of resilient automotive systems

Smart Manufacturing/Industry 4.0

  • Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Big Data
    • Predictive Analytics
  • Preventative/Predictive Maintenance
  • Robotics
  • Digital Twin
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Machine Learning
  • Cloud Computing
  • Other smart manufacturing technologies

Modelling, Simulation, and Testing

  • Military and Automotive applications
  • Big Data Analytics