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.

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
Dive deep 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

08:30 – 18:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:45 John Ellis, CARB Introduction to OBD Workshop Part 1: Historical Legal & Logical Background of OBD*
10:45 – 11:30 Janean Potter, GM Introduction to OBD Workshop Part 2: History of OBD and Implementation Worldwide*
11:30 – 12:15 Mark Laleman, Ford Introduction to OBD Workshop Part 3: Common Acronyms*
12:15 – 13:30 Networking Lunch (workshop attendees only)
13:45 – 14:00 Bernard Challen, Shoreham Services Welcome & Symposium Opening
14:00 – 14:30 Cosmin Codrea, Policy Officer, DG CLIMA, European Commission On-Board Fuel and Energy Consumption Determination in Light-Duty Vehicles as Proposed for the EU WLTP 2nd Act
14:30 – 15:15 John Ellis, CARB Light Duty OBD Update
15:15 – 15:30  Wenbo Wang, GM China 6 Update
15:30 – 16:00 Networking Break
16:00 – 16:30 Mark Laleman, Ford OBD Experiences: A Ford Perspective
16:30 – 17:00 Mort Smith, Toyota Dual Injection
17:00 – 17:30 Holger Jessen, Robert Bosch GmbH Worldwide Gasoline Particulate Filter Application
17:30 – 18:30 Networking Reception*

07:30 – 17:30 Registration
08:00 – 08:45 Janean Potter, GM Worldwide OBD Update
08:45 – 09:30 Mark Laleman, Ford

Bobby Gruszczynski, VW

OBD Standards Review
09:30 – 10:00 Ramiro Veredas, Riscure BV UDS Security: Preventing Scalable Attacks
10:00 – 10:15 Exhibitor Introductions

Mahle Powertrain Ltd, FEV Europe GmbH, RA Consulting GmbH, Sohatex Engineering GmbH & Co KG

10:15 – 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 – 11:30 Bobby Gruszczynski, VW Cyber Security
11:30 – 12:00 Gianni Di Martino, APS-Technology GmbH Challenges in the Development of a CO2 Monitor
12:00 – 13:00 Networking Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Professor Yunshan Ge, Beijing Institute of Technology A Brief Introduction to Light-Duty China-6 and Key Improvements of OBD Requirements
13:45 – 15:30 Breakout Sessions

China 6 & Communication Standards

15:30 – 16:00 Networking Break
16:00 – 16:30 Breakout Session Summaries and Q&A
16:30 – 17:00 Volker Müller, VKA RWTH Aachen From On-Board Diagnostic to On-Board Emission Monitoring? Perspective on Passenger Car Applications
17:00 – 17:30 Manoj Panda, FEV India Two- and Three Wheeler OBD Legislation in Europe and India and the Challenges it Brings

08:00 – 17:00 Registration
08:30 – 09:15 Tom Montes, CARB Heavy Duty OBD Update
09:15 – 09:45 Justin Owen, Cummins Inc OBD Experiences: A Cummins Perspective
09:45 – 10:15 Francesco Siano, GM Implication of Euro6d/Euro6 Step2 Regulation on OBD “Test-Out” Requirements and Comparison with US OBDII Regulation
10:15 – 10:30 Exhibitor Introductions

Control-Tec, Intrepid Control Systems Inc., Riscure BV, Softing Automotive Electronics GmbH

10:30 – 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 – 11:30 Peter Stoß, RA Consulting Compliance Test for WWH-OBD according to ISO 27145
11:30 – 12:00 Dariga Toulon Meekhun, TE Connectivity Improvement of OBD Sensor Performance Used in SCR System by DEF Property Characterization in Used Condition
12:00 – 13:00 Networking Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Igor Anilovich, GM Smart PM Sensor Diagnostics Challenges – GM Perspective
13:45 – 15:30 Breakout Sessions

Signal Analysis and Classification Requirement (Safety)

15:30 – 16:00 Networking Break
16:00 – 16:30 Breakout Session Summaries and Q&A
16:30 – 17:00 Sarah Funk, GM DEF Injector Monitoring Challenges – GM Perspective

08:30 – 17:30 John Van Gilder, GM Emissions-Related OBD Systems: A Design Overview*
10:15 – 11:45 SEAT Martorell Manufacturing Plant Tour*

Subject to change.


*Pre-registration the 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


Cosmin Codrea

Policy Officer, Climate Action Directorate-General, European Commission, Road Transport Unit

Yunshan Ge

Director of the Laboratory of Auto Performance and Emission Test
Beijing Institute of Technology

Holger Jessen

Senior Expert System Development Engineering Diagnosis Powertrain, Robert Bosch GmbH

Hans Jürgen Mäurer

Head of Department for Technical Development
DEKRA Automobil GmbH

Manoj Kumar

Technical Team Manager – EATS, Powertrain Controls & OBD
FEV India

Ramiro Pareja

Senior Security Analyst, Riscure B.V

Dariga Toulon Meekhun

Application and System Validation Engineer, TE Connectivity

John Ellis

California Air Resources Board

Tom Montes

Manager, Diesel OBD Section, Emission Compliance, Automotive Regulations and Science Division, California Air Resources Board

Mort Smith

Principal Engineer, Vehicle Regulation & Certification Dept., Toyota Technical Center (TTC)

Igor Anilovich

Technical Specialist – Diesel OBDII & AECD, GM

Francesco Siano

Development Engineer for Regulation Requirements, GM

Sarah Funk

Diesel Aftertreatment Controls Technical Specialist, General Motors

Janean Potter

Global Technical Specialist OBD Regulatory Activities, General Motors LLC

Justin Owen

Director of Diagnostics – Engine Business, Cummins Inc


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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

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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, attendees will experience the Workshop 1 section – Bodywork SEAT Leon – and the Workshop 10 section – Finish line SEAT Ibiza, and gain a unique 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