Welcome To ICE2021

the 15th edition of our biannual conference, that will take place in the island of Capri (Italy) from September 12th to September 16th, 2021.

‍ICE CONFERENCE was created almost 30 years ago, with the aim to encourage the exchange of scientific and practical knowledge in the main theme of the vehicle and it has always been imagined as a forum to promote the cooperation between industry, research laboratories and universities.

On 2019’s edition we collected a total of 127 institutions of the automotive sector, which have been represented at the conference by: 64 universities, 42 companies, 21 research centers /laboratories / associations. We registered a "new record" of 367 participants coming from 21 countries from all over the world and this year we expect to celebrate our 15th edition following this positive trend.

We believe and we strongly hope that in September 2021, this emergency will be ended and no more restrictions will be in effect, so we can celebrate together the event in Capri, as usual.  On the other hand, we learned from this pandemic, that it makes the future very unpredictable and so we are aware that a "live event" might not be possible.

For this reason, we confirm you that in case we can’t organize the conference in person, we are ready to switch it to digital. In this case all the papers presented will be valid and all the participants will be informed in due time to confirm their attendance.

We are living an exceptional situation and so exceptional solutions have to provided in order to adapt ourselves to the challenges that this pandemic is giving us daily.

We are sure that with good effort, cooperation and flexibility we will be able to organize a successful conference that we hope can be “real & live” but that we will “enjoy” also if it will be digital.

Dr. Bianca Maria Vaglieco
ICE Conference Chair

Scientific Committee

Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Ing Michel Bargende
FKFS (Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines)
Dr. Bianca Maria Vaglieco
SAENA (Sae Naples Section)

Technical Committee

Track Organizers

Sam Akehurst | University of Bath (UK)
Michael Bargende | FKFS - IVK Stuttgart University (Germany)
Marco Chiodi | FKFS - IFS University of  Stuttgart (Germany)
Bengt Johansson | King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
Imad A. Khalek |  Southwest Research Institute (USA)
Federico Millo | Poltecnico di Torino (Italy)
Jim Szybist | Oak Ridge  National Laboratory (USA)
Giorgio Rizzoni | Ohio State University (USA)
James Turner | King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (Saudi Arabia)
Sebastian Verhelst |
Lund University (Sweden)
Rajit Johri | Ford Motor Company
Ameya Joshi |
Corning Emerging Technologies and Regulations (USA)


The conference is organized by SAENA , the first SAE International section in Italy, which has currently more than 600 members. SAENA cooperates with engineering schools to provide a link between education and industry. Its main mission is stimulating the technological and scientific progress in the fields of land, sea and airspace transportation.

For ICE2021, SAENA will be supported by FKFS, the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines of Stuttgart ,Germany. FKFS was founded in 1930 as an independent foundation and it cooperates closely with the Institute for Automotive Engineering Stuttgart (IFS) at Stuttgart University. FKFS is nowadays a sought-after partner in the international automotive industry thanks to exceptional expertise unique range of highly-specialized test benches and self-developed measurement, testing and simulation methods.

Furthermore this year, for the first time, we will also cooperate with STEMS (Institute of Science and Technology in Energy and Sustainable Mobility), the brand new Institute powered by our institutional partner Istituto Motori-CNR of Naples (Italy), whom will join us, as usual, in the organization of our congress.



The following program is a first draft that we are happy to share with our attendees in order to reveal the structure of the event. The details of the sessions and sub-sessions and the complete time-schedule will be communicated 1 month before the beginning of the conference.

12th SEPT 2021
16.00 - 19.00-> Opening Registration
20.00 - 22.00-> Welcome Cocktail

13th SEPT 2021
09.00 - 18.00-> 1st day, conference Sessions
20.00 - 23.00-> Informal Dinner 

14th SEPT 2021
09.00 - 18.00-> 2nd day, Conference Sessions
18.00 -> No social activities (free night)

15th SEPT 2021
09.00 - 18.00-> 3rd day, Conference Sessions
20.00 - 24.00-> Gala Dinner 

16th SEPT 2021
09.00 - 12.00-> 4th day, Conference Sessions
12.00 - 12.30-> closing remarks
12.30-> end of the conference


-> No conference session or presentations scheduled for the 12.09.21.
-> Plenary Sessions (1 morning + 1 afternoon) take place in the Room Teatro.
-> Parallel Sessions (morning & afternoon) in Rooms Donna Lucia,Rotonda,Capri,Teatro



Is ICE2021 a "live/onsite event" or is it a "digital/hybrid event"?

ICE2021 is designed, for the moment, as an "onsite event". In case a "live event" will not be possible (due to the COVID-19 restrictions) the congress will be switched to a "digital format". In this case all the participants will be informed in due time to confirm their attendance.

Where ICE2021 will be celebrated if it will be "live/onsite"?

ICE2021 will be celebrated in the wonderful island of Capri, which is close to the city of Naples, one of the most important cities of the South of Italy. The congress will be hosted @ Grand Hotel Quisisana, where all the conference rooms are located toghether with the registration desk and where also the Gala Dinner will take place

Where ICE2021 will be celebrated if it will be "digital/hybrid "?

ICE2021 will be broadcasted on a dedicated platform that will be reserved to the congress. All the registered guests will receive a link that will grant them the access to the sessions.

What happens to my abstract/paper if the conference goes from "live" to "digital"?

All the abstracts/papers that will be presented and accepted by the Scientific Committee, will be always valid whatever will be the format of ICE2021: live or digital. For this reason we invite all our colleagues to present their abstarct as usual while we wait for more information about the feasibility of a live event.

Which are the main topics of ICE2021?

You can check the topics of the conference at this link

What are the registration fees and when registrations open?

The registrations will open on 12 April 2021. The fees will be published on the registration page and these will be divided by categories: Participants,Student,Accompanying person.
Special discounted rates will be offered to those who are SAE members.

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