COMVEC 2021 – Back in Person

You would have to be living under a pretty big rock to not realize that the in-person-conference scenario has changed quite a bit in the last 18 months.  I know of a few in-person events that have happened since most everything shut down in March 2020, but they are few and far between.  So, needless to say, I am looking forward to a chance to get back together with some fellow industry professionals at SAE COMVEC in mid-September.  Of course, I expect there to be some differences from the last time we did in-person COMVEC, but as engineers, we live in a constant state of change anyway.

The theme of the 2021 COMVEC is “Energy, Sustainability, and the Future of Commercial Vehicle Transportation”.  Undoubtedly electrification – whether with batteries, fuel cells, or hybrids – will be a big topic.  I am excited to hear from some industry experts on other topics like autonomy and big data as well.  And of course, I hope to have some good opportunity for networking.  My experience with networking during virtual-only conferences has been mostly non-existent, and I think the technology would need to change a lot to supplant in-person networking.

Last year, I had the opportunity to moderate a panel during the virtual-only COMVEC, but this year I get a reprieve.  Instead, my DISTek colleague, Nick Elliott, will be moderating a panel on fuel cells.  DISTek will also be present with a booth (#307) in the exhibition hall, so if you are at the show I encourage you to stop by for a chat.  We are always up for a lively geek-out conversation about embedded software development trends, so let us know which of your electronics challenges are causing the biggest headache.

COMVEC serves the same industries as DISTek – Ag, Construction, Commercial Vehicle, and Military – so we find great value in the conference.  Because so many of the technology drivers in these industries rely on increasing embedded electronics and software, it is a must-attend event for us each year.  If that same line of reasoning holds true in your role, then I personally think you would also benefit from attending COMVEC this year.  I hope to see you there!

About Benjamin Jefferson

Benjamin Jefferson, Vice President of Technology Development, has been with the company since 2006. His 15+year career has focused on software development for embedded electronics in the mobile off-highway equipment industry. He started with DISTek as a Software Engineer focused on electrohydraulic control systems for agricultural vehicles and implements. While with DISTek, he has managed embedded software development projects and teams, has worked with the business development team, and is active with the executive management team. Benjamin’s technical expertise includes C, C++, CAN, ISOBUS, SAE J1939, MATLAB/Simulink, and Digital Signal Processing.

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