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.

Finally the Italian Government announced that, from 1st July 2021, "Meetings & Congresses" can be organized once again in person, so we are thrilled to confirm that ICE2021 will be a live event, which will be hosted in the wonderful island of Capri, as it happened during the last 20 years.

We will follow, of course, all the guidelines & protocols delivered by the Authorities, in order to grant a safe environment for our attendees, keeping health and safety at the first place. In the meantime we can already confirm you that, after a massive vaccine campaign, Capri has been declared as "Covid Free Island", so the first step for a safe event has been already done.

We are sure that with good effort, cooperation and flexibility we will be able to organize a successful conference, so we look forward to welcoming you in Capri!

Prof. Dr. Ing Michael Bargende
Dr. Bianca Maria Vaglieco
ICE Conference Chairs

Keynote Speakers

Jumana Al-Sibai
Member of the Management Board Mahle GmbH
"Key Technology Thermal Management"

Thermal management is one of the key technologies in today's and future vehicles and drivetrains.

The cooling and heating systems for alternative drivetrains are considerably more complex than for conventional powertrains.

The key keywords are thermal battery conditioning, interior air conditioning and integrated system approaches for future e-mobility powertrains.

Domenico Brancale
AVL Italia S.R.L.
"CO2 social and environmental impact: towards a multi-technology portfolio"

With the Green Deal and the Paris Agreement, the European Commission set the main long-term goals: climate neutrality and zero emissions within 2050. The current policy scenario is favoring the development of the electric mobility as a way to reduce CO2 impact.

However, without a full transition towards renewables energy, the CO2 impact will be even worse, not only from an environmental perspective, but also in the socio-economic context. As several factors need to be considered in the CO2 balance, the electrification cannot be the only solution on the table.

Alternative pathways should be developed and multi-technology portfolio need to be implemented, where hydrogen will play a key role.

Massimo Ferrera
Landi Group
Roberto Golisano, Francesco Pesce, Alberto Vassallo
PUNCH Torino
"H2 ICE: a sustainable powertrain for reaching net zero carbon emissions"

Hydrogen is quickly becoming a viable solution for Fuel Cell systems as well as Internal Combustion Engines if produced by renewable sources and exploited by means of modern technologies, which were not available until just a few years ago. To achieve truly zero emission impact adopting hydrogen-fueled ICEs, the main hurdles are related to injection, ignition and aftertreatment systems.

The approach for injection system has the goal to mitigate gaseous fuel effect in terms of volumetric efficiency drop and to avoid any risk of backflow and backfire for a completely safe operation. To guarantee stable combustion under lean and diluted conditions - necessary to achieve the high efficiency and ultra-low NOx emissions - high performance, specially-tuned ignition systems are required.

Finally, the extremely low levels of nitrogen oxides generated by lean and diluted hydrogen combustion can be efficiently reduced by means of Selective Catalytic Reduction that can be further optimized from the significant experience matured on Diesel engines.

The appropriate matching and integration of the above-described core systems on a Diesel-derived H2-ICE base engine can enable a compelling proposition for commercial applications featuring >45 kW/l power density and BTE above 40% in a large portion of engine operating area.

André Casal Kulzer
Porsche AG
"eFuels: a further step towards sustainable mobility"

- eFuels are a necessary complement to E-Mobility and their production is based on green hydrogen;
- Within an adapted EN228 framework, optimized blending could lead to better eFuel quality and further emission reduction within the existing stock fleet.
- Next Gen eFuels offer a large variety of opportunities for furtherperformance and emission potentials within a prospective fuel standard

Keynote Speakers

Imad A. Khalek
Southwest Research Institute
"Internal Combustion Engine Tailpipe Emissions CLEANER than Air?"

Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have been under pressure lately because of the electric vehicle (EV) revolution. The impression you get from reading the news is that ICEs are going away soon. Rest assured that ICE-based engines are here to stay for a long time. However, to match the EV revolution, we need to have a new ICE revolution targeting negative tailpipe emissions, effectively cleaning the air, rather than simply responding to regulatory pressure, and barely meeting emissions regulations in the laboratory.

The theme of my talk is to discuss the progress made in engine tailpipe emissions reduction and identify some key areas requiring further improvements targeting cleaner air at the tailpipe.

Christine Mounaïm-Rousselle
University of Orléans Polytech Orléans / Laboratoire PRISME
Ammonia as zero-carbon fuel for Internal Combustion Engine: where are we today?”

Several countries, consortia and industries are increasingly publicizing in the press their willingness to consider ammonia as one of the zero carbon footprint fuels of the future. However, the history of ammonia as a fuel for internal combustion engines, which began nearly 80 years ago, is not linear with a real long-term strategy. Until recently, the majority of studies have been done using 0D modelling with experiments performed in CFR. It can be noted that ammonia-based combustion vehicles are not ready to be marketed, not only because of supply and safety issues but also because of its combustion characteristics compared to conventional fuels.

To supply ammonia either partially in current internal combustion engines to limit carbon footprint or as main fuel for specific design engines to reach zero carbon footprint, the technological challenges (dual fuel or unique fuel, SI or CI engines …) could be different as a function of the final use.

During this talk, the main issues, both scientific and technological will be highlighted through recent studies currently conducted in internal combustion engine, with some indications about the performance, pollutant emissions and operating limits.

Wolfgang Zahn
Chairman of the Board of Trustees FKFS
"Battery electric powered products: Addition, or Competition to the ICE?An example of the lawn and garden industry "

-The keynote speech deals with powertrains for lawn and garden products.
-Combustion engines but also battery-electric engines have their advantages and disadvantages.
-There is no one and only solution. In total, there is an increase the market for both types.
-Could this be an example for other industries like automotive, motorcycles or scooters?
The keynote speech deals with powertrains for lawn and garden productsCombustion engines but also battery-electric engines have their advantages and disadvantages.There is no one and only solution. In total, there is an increase the market for both types Could this be an example for other industries like automotive, motorcycles or scooters?


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.

Scientific Committee

Conference Chairs

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

Technical Committee

Sub - Session Organizers

Scientific Committee

Track Organizers

Sam Akehurst | University of Bath (UK)
Michael Bargende | FKFS - IFS 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)


Final Program

The final program is available for download and consultations by cliccking on the image here below.
Here below, you'll find also find the timeline of the event, a qucik resume of the main activities of the conference


12th SEPT 2021
15.00 - 20.00-> Registration
20.00 - 21.30-> Welcome Cocktail @ GH Quisisana

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

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

15th SEPT 2021
09.00 - 17.20-> 3rd day, Conference Sessions
17.20 - 18.00-> closing remarks
18.00-> end of the conference
20.00 - 23.30-> Gala Dinner @ GH Quisisana

Registration Fees

In order to complete your registration to ICE 2021 we invite you to fill in the registration for on the Official Registration Page.
While filling in the form you will find all the information related with the services included in your registration fee.
If you need any assistance during your registration process, you can always contact us at saena@stems.cnr.it

Participant (SAE member)
Student (SAE member)
1 day fee
BEFORE 18.07.21
€ 700 + 22% VAT
€ 600 + 22% VAT
€ 500 + 22% VAT
€ 400 + 22% VAT
€ 200 + 22% VAT
FROM 18.07.21
€ 850 + 22% VAT
€ 750 + 22% VAT
€ 550 + 22% VAT
€ 450 + 22% VAT
€ 200 + 22% VAT

We remind you that ICE2021 is designed as an "live onsite event" which will take place in the Conference Center of the Grand Hotel Quisisana in Capri, Naples, Italy. Click on this link to download all the information about the Conference Center.



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 14th 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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