Stakeholder Workshop - Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence – building a framework with standardization 

Brussels, 21 September 2018 - On Tuesday 18 September 2018 CEN and CENELEC held a one-day stakeholder workshop in Brussels to discuss how standardization can support the take-up of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

Christoph Winterhalter,CEN Vice-President Policy, and Cruzr (UBTECH robots)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is progressing rapidly and widely affects the industry in fields such as automation, data management, and integration of smart technology, changing deeply the way businesses operate in a variety of sectors where standardization is of high relevance. Affected sectors include smart manufacturing, robots, autonomous cars, virtual reality, healthcare, interactive speech interfaces, visual recognition, data analysis/manipulation, home appliances, cybersecurity or spatial programming.

The European Commission released its Communication COM(2018) 237 on ‘Artificial Intelligence for Europe’ on 25 April 2018. The Communication recognises that “the further development and promotion of safety standards and support in EU and international standardisation organisations will help enable European businesses to benefit from a competitive advantage, and increase consumer trust”. The challenges identified by the Commission show the need for standardization to support the deployment, interoperability, scalability, safety and liability of AI.

The aim of the workshop organised by CEN and CENELEC was to bring forward the reflection on standardization in AI. During the day, a varied panel of speakers from industry and consumer representatives discussed the challenges to ‘trusting’ AI and how trust in AI can be built. The interactive discussions between the participants identified areas and ways in which standards can help implement trustworthiness in AI systems through requirement frameworks, addressing safety aspects and confidentiality, as well as establishing benchmarks and baselines. Watch the video of the event here!

Participants agreed that in order for Europe to position itself as a frontrunner on Artificial Intelligence, European Standards are essential. Although the nature of AI is global, many European specificities for making it a success in Europe were identified by the participants. Christoph Winterhalter, CEN VP Policy, closed the meeting stressing that for AI to succeed in Europe “it is essential to develop inclusive standards by securing active participation of many different stakeholder groups involving also new experts who might not be familiar with CEN and CENELEC today”.

CEN and CENELEC look forward to engaging with all relevant stakeholders, to create standards that are fit for purpose for the upcoming AI revolution.

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