FISITA World Au­to­mo­tive Congress 2018 in In­dia

In­dia is host­ing the FISITA World Au­to­mo­tive Congress for the first time at Chen­nai.

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In­dia is host­ing the FISITA World Au­to­mo­tive Congress for the first time at Chen­nai.

Since its in­cep­tion in 1947, the FISITA (Fed­er­a­tion of Au­to­mo­tive En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­eties) World Au­to­mo­tive Congress is held ev­ery two years. Some 71 years lat­ter In­dia will host the global event at Chen­nai be­tween Oc­to­ber 2 and Oc­to­ber 5, 2018. It would be the 37th edi­tion of the Congress. and have the theme, ‘Dis­rup­tive Tech­nolo­gies for Af­ford­able and Sus­tain­able Mo­bil­ity’. With 12 con­cur­rent ses­sions, three ex­ec­u­tive tracks, five ple­nary ses­sions, two leader fo­rums and 200 ex­hi­bi­tion booths, the event, mark­ing the fruc­ti­fi­ca­tion of four years of ef­forts, ac­cord­ing to N Bala­sub­ra­ma­nian, Deputy Vice Pres­i­dent, Prod­uct En­gi­neer­ing, Re­nault Nis­san Tech­nol­ogy & Busi­ness Cen­tre In­dia, and Chair­man, FISITA 2018 Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee, will be held at the Chen­nai Trade Cen­tre. Said to be a big event that is be­ing held in In­dia for the first time, the Au­to­mo­tive World Congress is ex­pected to cre­ate a new path for In­dia to par­tic­i­pate in the world au­to­mo­tive space. At­tract­ing over 1000 re­search pa­pers, which were sub­jected to a well-honed scru­tiny process by ex­perts, the event, held un­der the aegis of SAEINDIA, will fo­cus on dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try that are gain­ing sig­nif­i­cance. To air 350 pa­pers se­lected out of the 1000 pa­pers re­ceived, the Congress, will at­tract ex­perts from In­dia and abroad to ad­dress key

dis­rup­tions in con­nected, elec­tric, au­ton­o­mous, and shared mo­bil­ity.

With 70 per cent of the 350 pa­pers from In­dia ac­cord­ing to Murli Iyer, Global Ad­vi­sor, SAE In­ter­na­tional and VP Amer­i­cas – FISITA, the Congress will wit­ness par­tic­i­pa­tion from var­i­ous sec­tors like IT and soft­ware that are al­lied to the auto in­dus­try and in­stru­men­tal in dis­rup­tions. Drawing par­tic­i­pants from across the globe, the event, said Bala Bhard­waj, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Boe­ing In­dia En­gi­neer­ing & Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre, and Pres­i­dent – SAEINDIA, will cre­ate value in mo­bil­ity, which in­cludes ve­hi­cles, planes and off-high­way equip­ment. Stat­ing that their task was to cre­ate ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams that make a good learn­ing plat­form, help share best prac­tices, and to sup­port col­lab­o­ra­tion, Bhard­waj ex­pressed that the Congress will help build a bet­ter bridge be­tween var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions. Point­ing at the gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion for elec­tric mo­bil­ity, he said, “As an or­gan­i­sa­tion we want to lead the ini­tia­tive rather than fol­low it.” With the con­clud­ing panel dis­cus­sion at the event on pol­icy frame for dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies, the two lead­ers fo­rums would find an­swers to ma­jor ques­tions that are in front of the auto in­dus­try. Apart from the pre­sen­ta­tion of re­search pa­pers through 75 tech­ni­cal ses­sions, the event will also in­clude Stu­dent Congress. The Stu­dent Congress will wit­ness 30 top notch re­searches done by stu­dents from National and In­ter­na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties. Drawing at­ten­tion to the World Congress gar­ner­ing sup­port of ma­jor play­ers in the au­to­mo­tive and mo­bil­ity space, Aravind Bharad­waj, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer, Farm Equip­ment Sec­tor, Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra, and Chair­man, FISITA 2018 Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, men­tioned that the event will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with au­to­mo­tive lead­ers.

An ed­u­ca­tors event as part of the World Au­to­mo­tive Congress will fo­cus on how to bridge the gaps be­tween the academia and the in­dus­try. Said Dr. Pawan Goenka, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra, and the Pa­tron for FISITA 2018 Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, that the FISITA Congress is like an au­to­mo­tive ‘Olympic’ event. To get it to In­dia is a big de­vel­op­ment, he averred. Stat­ing that the event will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to show­case In­dia, Goenka ex­plained that the event will also pro­vide en­gi­neers in the au­to­mo­tive and mo­bil­ity space a chance to share their work with their peers. Drawing at­ten­tion to the change where en­gi­neers pre­fer R&D over shop floor un­like a few decades ago, Goenka men­tioned, “SAE in In­dia has taken a lot of ef­forts to make tech­nol­ogy main­stream.” “Con­sider for ex­am­ple

SAE Baja where 8000 to 10000 en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents par­tic­i­pate ev­ery year, and who are de­signed and run­ning their own ve­hi­cles,” he added. Stat­ing that SAEINDIA is work­ing in the mo­bil­ity space, and the World Au­to­mo­tive Congress will high­light this, Goenka ex­pressed that the In­dian au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is catch­ing up with the rest of the world. “It would have done that by the 2020 when the BSVI emis­sion norms will come into force,” he ex­plained. Hint­ing at most re­search pa­pers delv­ing upon (IC) pow­er­trains, he opined that the Au­to­mo­tive World Congress will prove to be a cat­a­lyst; help en­gi­neers in the In­dian mo­bil­ity space to know more of what is hap­pen­ing in other parts of the world. Like­wise, en­gi­neers from other parts of the world will be able to wit­ness what work is be­ing done in In­dia, and the in­fra­struc­ture that is avail­able. The en­gi­neers from other parts of the world will also be able to lok at the knowl­edge that is be­ing amassed as well as lever­aged, he con­cluded.

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