On-Board Diagnostics

5-7 March 2018
Barcelona, Spain


The SAE On-Board Diagnostics Symposium provides attendees with the most critical and up-to-date information on new regulations, standards, and legislative requirements which continuously affect this technology area. This event will address technology, standards, and regulatory information for automotive engineering geared at meeting CARB, EPA and European Commission ground vehicle emissions regulations. The 2018 programme will also pay attention to the OBD issues and solutions impacting the market in China.

Local Organising Committee

SAE International would like to thank the Organising Committee for their support and dedication:

  • Bernard Challen , Shoreham Services
  • Frank Dorer , Senior Research Engineer, Volkswagen AG
  • Robert Gruszczynski , OBD Communication Expert, Volkswagen of America
  • Farah Hindi , Diesel Systems OBD Technical Specialist Engineer, Delphi
  • Mark Laleman , OBD Technical Expert, Ford Motor Co Ltd
  • Andrew Noble, Head of HD Engines, Ricardo UK Ltd
  • Justin Owen , On-Board Diagnostics Lead, Cummins Inc
  • Mike Regenfuss, Board Chief On-Board Diagnostics Branch, California Air Resources
  • Marcel Romijn , FEV GmbH
  • John Van Gilder, Technical Fellow – Global OBD, General Motors LLC
  • Hal Zatorski, Mgr OBD Programs, FCA US LLC
  • Andrew Zettel, Lead Dev Engr – Regulatory Requirements, General Motors LLC


Technical Presentations
Hear from inspiring industry experts about the evolving on-board monitoring and calibration systems technologies

Training Course
Deep dive into the most up-to-date industry topics and deepen your knowledge

Networking Reception and Technical Tours
Mingle with your peers and boost your professional network

09:30 – 18:00 Registration
10:30 – 12:30 Introduction to OBD Workshop
12:30 – 13:30 Networking Lunch (workshop attendees only)
14:00 – 15:30 Symposium Opening – Keynote Presentation
15:30 – 16:00 Networking Break
16:00 – 18:00 Technical Sessions

07:30 – 17:30 Registration
08:30 – 10:00 Keynote Presentation
10:00 – 10:30  Networking Break
10:30 – 12:30  Technical Sessions
12:30 – 13:30  Networking Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Technical Sessions
15:00 – 15:30  Networking Break
15:30 – 17:30 Technical Sessions
17:30 – 19:00  Networking Reception

08:00 – 17:00 Registration
08:30 – 10:00 Breakout Sessions
10:00 – 10:30 Networking Break
10:30 – 12:30 Breakout Sessions
12:30 – 13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Technical Sessions
15:00 – 15:30 Networking Break
15:30 – 17:00 Technical Sessions

08:30 – 17:30 Training Course

John Van Gilder

10:15 – 11:45 SEAT Martorell Manufacturing Plant Tour*
12:00 – 13:00 SEAT Martorell Manufacturing Plant Tour*

*Pre-registration with additional payments may apply for the following programme fixtures:

  • Introduction to OBD Workshop
  • Networking Reception
  • Training Course: Emissions-Related OBD Systems – A Design Overview.
  • SEAT Martorell Manufacturing Plant Tour


Early bird

(until 22 December)






(until 28 February)











All fees are subject to 21% VAT

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Training Course

Emissions-Related OBD Systems: A Design Overview

Thursday, 8 March 2018

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 on-board diagnostics. The basic structure of an on-board diagnostic will be described along with the system definitions needed for successful implementation.  The class will cover general OBD algorithm designs and the features required to promote sound OBD system design.

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Sponsorship & exhibition

Use this valuable platform which unites automotive and commercial vehicle experts from around the world to put your company ahead of the competition. Whether your goal is to launch a new product, differentiate yourself from competitors, engage with your target audience, increase brand awareness or simply boost your annual market sales, you can’t afford to miss out on connecting with this targeted community including dozens of the industry’s key decision makers.

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Technical Tour

SEAT Martorell Manufacturing Plant

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Audi has been producing the Audi Q3 and the Audi RS Q3 as well as SEAT Leon and Ibiza at its site in Martorell near Barcelona in Spain. During this tour, the attendees will visit the Workshop 1 section – Bodywork SEAT Leon – and the Workshop 10 section – Finish line SEAT Ibiza, during which attendees will gain insight into the operations in production, quality systems, production figures, etc.

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Venue & Accommodation

Barceló Sants

Located above Sants railway station and with direct access to the high-speed AVE and Barcelona’s metro and local train links, this is the best-connected hotel in the city.

SAE has negotiated preferential rates at the conference venue as follows:
Orbital room – single use: 170 EUR
Orbital room – double use: 190 EUR
The rate includes breakfast, service charge, VAT, and Wi-Fi. The city tax of 1.21 EUR/ person/ night will be charged additionally.

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Plaça dels Països Catalans, s/n
08014 Barcelona