In November 2018, the German Federal Government adopted a national Artificial Intelligence Strategy, identifying standard-setting as one of twelve key fields of action.
Together with the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE (DKE), the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) will release the ‘German Standardisation Road Map for Artificial Intelligence’, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, at this year’s Digital Summit.
The Road Map has been developed over the past two years and is the result of collaboration among 300 experts from business, research, civil society, associations and the public sector as well as representatives from established circles with a focus on AI. The process has been accompanied by a high-level steering group made up of 20 leading figures from business, government, academia and civil society.
The key issues that provide the focus for the AI Standardisation Road Map have been elaborated by the following working groups:
• Ethics / Responsible AI
• Quality, conformity assessment and certification
• IT security for AI systems
• Industrial automation
• Mobility and logistics
• AI in medicine
The German Standardisation Road Map for Artificial Intelligence is a first step towards the implementation of the measures laid out in the national AI strategy as part of the field of action ‘standardisation’. It describes the overall environment of AI standardisation, identifies existing standards that are relevant to the field of AI, and defines further standardisation needs. Moreover, it contains specific recommendations for action that are primarily targeted at standardisation stakeholders, but also at those involved in quality infrastructure and policy-making.
Today, the bulk of activities relating to standardisation, especially in the field of artificial intelligence, takes place at European and international level.
Standards for artificial intelligence constitute a key element of a European standardisation strategy.
Therefore, the virtual workshop on ‘European and International Standardisation of Artificial Intelligence’, to be held on 14 December 2020 as part of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, is aimed at engaging European stakeholders in a dialogue on the overall framework and requirements of AI standardisation, thus setting the stage for further developments at European and international level.