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The traditional home of the auto industry will host automotive engineers from around the globe bent on pushing that industry toward its future.

SAE International will host its annual World Congress at Cobo Center from Tuesday through Thursday. At the core of this year’s gathering of the auto engineering community will be topics such as self-driving car technology, connectivity and cybersecurity.

The SAE, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, is a global association of engineers and technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle fields.

Included on SAE’s roster of speakers:

Raj Nair, executive vice president of product and chief technology officer for Ford Motor Co., will speak on his company’s efforts to promote “sustainability through innovation.”

Anthony Foxx, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, will discuss regulation on future technologies and the potential for disruptions in the marketplace.

Kai Yu, president of the Chinese Automotive Technology and Research Center, will address Chinese government policies and standards, as well as autonomous and new-energy vehicles.

Weihao Gu, general manager of China’s Baidu Intelligent Vehicle, will talk about autonomous driving.

Ken Washington, vice president of research and advanced engineering at Ford, will discuss autonomous vehicle platforms and virtual driver system technology.

Others speakers are from NASA, Argonne National Laboratory, BMW, Nissan, IDTechEx, Divergent 3D, Lyft, Uber, Intel and General Electric.

JLynch@detroitnews.com

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