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The ICE Forward conference is intended to be a collegial forum in which participants discuss and exchange information related to the science and engineering of internal combustion engines. This event provides opportunities for experts from industry, academia, and governmental agencies from all over the world to share their latest research and technological developments.


This track includes technical papers and presentations focused on off-road engines and engine systems. Contributions addressing industry relevant topics in rail, marine, small off-road vehicles, agriculture, compressor stations, power generation, and mining, among others are welcomed. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of advanced ignition systems, novel combustion systems and diagnostics, emissions control, and other relevant technologies as applied to off-road engines.
  • Prototype testing results and real-world demonstrations of off-road engine systems.


This track includes technical papers and presentations with emphasis on fuel utilization and fuel impacts on engines as well as carbon management of engine systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable fuel utilization in engines, including e-fuels, synthetic fuels, biofuels, and conventional and non-conventional petroleum fuels used in novel configurations.
  • Carbon management of engine systems including carbon capture and storage, low carbon fuels, and onboard conversion of exhaust carbon dioxide to other products with lower impact on global climate.
  • Life cycle analyses of fuels and engine systems, including well-to-wheels, tank-to-wheels, and cradle-to-grave analyses.


This track includes technical papers and presentations focused on advanced combustion concepts and strategies for engines at all scales and for all applications. Papers addressing fundamental concepts and experiments in (but not limited to) the following areas are welcome:

  • Fundamental aspects of IC engines, including engine thermodynamics, extreme compression, experimental engine fluid dynamics, etc.
  • Novel/advanced combustion concepts including HCCI, LTC, RCCI/dual fuel, GCI, etc.
  • Combustion, fluid flow, and spray diagnostics, including in-cylinder laser-based and optical diagnostics, pressure-based methods, etc.
  • Experimental investigations of reacting and non-reacting fuel sprays, fundamental liquid breakup and atomization, spray diagnostics development, droplet phenomena and combustion, and novel fuel injection strategies


This track includes technical papers and presentations in the areas of internal combustion engines used in advanced powertrain configurations and electrification/hybridization strategies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Modeling and diagnostics for control systems including combustion modeling, sub-system modeling, hardware in the loop (HiL) models, sensor signal processing, and onboard modeling for diagnostics
  • Innovative testing equipment and methods including HiL applications, rapid control prototyping, and design of novel test rigs
  • Novel control strategies and calibration methods including advanced control and transient calibration methodologies
  • New engine sensing methodologies for diagnostics and research applications including new sensors, new applications of existing sensors, and sensors for production engines
  • Engine sub-systems including new actuators and/or sensors used as part of auxiliary systems
  • Powertrain electrification including engines operating within hybrid powertrains, engine design, development, and control for hybrid applications


This track includes technical papers and presentations focused on emissions control technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Development, evaluation, and simulation of new emissions control catalyst materials and system architectures
  • Thermal management technologies and strategies
  • Emissions control system durability
  • Effects of alternative fuels on engine emissions and emissions control system performance
  • Reductant (urea or fuel) delivery: spray modeling, decomposition processes, deposit formation
  • Drive cycle/real-world emissions

*CLEERS: Cross-Cut Lean Exhaust Emissions Reductions Simulations


This track invites technical papers and presentations focused on advancing numerical modeling and simulation of internal combustion engines across various dimensions. Topics of interest include (but not limited to) new developments and novel concepts related to:

  • Two-phase and reacting flow modeling
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Spray modeling
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Machine learning
  • System-level modeling related to engines


This track includes technical papers and presentations focused on engine design, mechanical development and thermal management of engines and subsystems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Base engine mechanical systems including valvetrain, power cylinder, fuel system and turbomachinery
  • Thermal management of engine cooling and lubrication systems