Providing a forward-thinking look into the latest trends and innovations as well as cutting-edge mobility research, SAE’s WCX World Congress Experience, will be held from April 18-20, in Detroit, MI. As the largest technical mobility event in North America, WCX will provide the education, networking, and business development needed to keep pace with industry evolution. From software design and cybersecurity to electrification and automation, stay ahead of the curve by connecting with the brightest minds in mobility tackling the biggest challenges and opportunities in the industry.

SAE International is always on the cutting edge, leading discussions around how integrated vehicle connectivity translates to a potential space for mobility, the place of electricity, hydrogen, and other low carbon fuels in powering the vehicle of tomorrow, and just what exactly it will take to reach Level 5 in SAE’s Levels of Automation. At WCX 2023, engineers can participate in live panel discussions, keynotes, and breakout technical sessions with subject matter experts across the industry.

Technical Sessions

The cornerstone of WCX, technical sessions maximize the learning experience with more than 1,000 hours of cutting-edge technical content from leading subject-matter experts. WCX 2023 will feature over 200 technical sessions across 11 different topics covering the latest technical advancements and regulations impacting our industry today. This year’s technical sessions topics will include:

  • Advanced Powertrain: This track covers theoretical developments and provides information on real-life applications to industry in the areas of process capability, productivity, reliability, design, global supply chain integration, and manufacturing performance.

  • Body/Chassis/Occupant Protection and Pedestrian Safety/Structure: In this track, subject matter experts will present sessions on issues around human factors, safety systems, vehicle dynamics, accident reconstruction, pedestrian, vehicle impact, crashworthiness, tires, lighting, and restraints.

  • Electric Propulsion: This track will cover topics including advanced hybrid and electric vehicle powertrains, electric motor and power electronics, advanced fuel cell vehicle applications, as well as engineering solutions for future automotive propulsion.

  • Electronics/Connectivity/Vehicle IoT/Smart City/Infrastructure/Active Safety: WCX will also feature sessions on safety-critical systems, ADAS and autonomous vehicle system, AI and ML in vehicle-level application, smart transportation and infrastructure, embedded systems and software, chargers and charging electronics, cybersecurity, IoT/Blockchain, and many other automobile electronics topics.

  • Emissions/Environment/Sustainability/Thermal Management: This track will cover topics including vehicle emissions, environmental impacts, climate control, thermal management, thermal modeling, emissions measurement, end-of-life strategies, alternative energies, and electrification strategies.

  • Integrated Design: This track will address subjects critical to future vehicle development and design, such as CAD/CAM, simulation, modeling, design optimization, and reliability-based design.

  • Materials and Lightweighting: Subjects critical to future vehicle development and lightweighting will be highlighted in this track. Sessions will focus on advanced analysis, design, and optimization of materials, composite materials, load simulation and vehicle performance, as well as fatigue analysis and design.

  • Military Ground Vehicles: This track will serve as a forum to address the unique challenges, current gaps, and emerging technologies related to the design, development, and manufacturing of military ground vehicles. The scope includes modeling, simulation, performance analysis, optimization, testing, and validation.

  • Motorsports Engineering: This track will focus on the links between motorsports, the mainstream automotive industry and the academia, as well as Formula SAE.

  • New Battery Energy Storage: With a focus on electrification, this track will cover advanced battery technologies, materials characterization and modeling for EVs and battery safety.

  • Smart Manufacturing: Experts will address subjects critical to smart manufacturing such as Industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, and digital twin.

Leadership Summit Roundtables

The Leadership Summit is a series of roundtable discussions developed by the Technical Advisory Group of WCX™ World Congress on the “business of technology” such as technology development, consumer acceptance, regulation and their impact on vehicle design and development by technical executives in the mobility ecosystem. Thought-provoking roundtables on the business of technology will be part of the Leadership Summit, featuring topics including Keynote: In Pursuit of Zero, Diversity Leading Innovation in Mobility; Software Defined Vehicles and their Impact on the Future of Mobility; Battery: Today, 2030, and Beyond.

Learning Lab

Featuring new technology from exhibitors, this engaging space will provide an peak into the future of mobility at this engaging space. The Learning Lab provides attendees access to information on new technology and services from the OEM and supply chain communities. It accommodates interactive and one-on-one presentations where engineers and suppliers can discuss the latest mobility products. These presentations are designed to also address concepts or innovations that could impact attendees’ development strategies.

EDGE Knowledge Bar

Another unique experience at WCX 2023 is the EDGE™ Research Reports’ Knowledge Bar, where attendees can get help problem-solving issues on unsettled and established technologies in a casual “small group” environment. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with questions to an assembled group of subject matter experts. Each expert will lead 40-minute “expert discussions” on the critical technologies moving the advancement of design, deployment, and development of future vehicles forward. Some of the topics to be discussed include vehicular AI and ML, EV charging and infrastructure, automated road sensors, and smart manufacturing.

Networking Events

WCX is where the community gathers to make connections and build relationships — its where business happens. Whether you’re a C-level executive, engineer, or R&D professional, WCX offers opportunities to reconnect with your peers and make new connections with mobility professionals from around the world to help you build a powerful network. Between daily networking breaks on the exhibit floor, to special events such as the WCX Gala and the 2023 Ford Super Duty Vehicle Event, there are several networking opportunities each day to help you make the most out of your WCX experience.

Exhibition Floor

Like every year, the event will feature an Exhibition Floor where attendees can network with industry leaders and experience previews of the newest products on the market demonstrated by OEMs, suppliers, and technology companies.

From talks on mass deployment of autonomous and electric vehicles, to software defined vehicles and smart manufacturing, to the latest in research and development, WCX 2023 will convene engineering leaders to explore mobility opportunities and address its biggest challenges.

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