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Both CEN-CENELEC “Standards + Innovation Awards” went to Germany
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Both CEN-CENELEC “Standards + Innovation Awards” go to German nominees

(2019-11-15)  At the conference "Boosting innovation through standards" held as part of the BRIDGIT2 project on 13 November 2019 in Brussels, the Standards + Innovation Awards were presented for the first time. With this new award, the European standards organizations CEN and CENELEC have the chance to honour important contributions from research and innovation to standardization as well as to recognize researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs for their commitment to standardization. From a total of 19 nominees, two Standards + Innovation Awards were presented – and both of these went to Germany. The first prize was awarded to the Smart Mature Resilience Project. The project’s scientific coordinator, Jose Julio Cabeza Gonzalez of CIEM/University of Agder (Kristiansand, Norway), accepted the award on behalf of the project partners. The project managers developed instruments to improve the capacity of cities to resist hazards and disasters, e.g. natural disasters. With support from DIN, the work ... More 

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Focus on Circular Economy

(2019-10-31)  On 29 October 2019, CEN and CENELEC hosted the Stakeholder Workshop “Materials – Value chains for circular economy: Metal, Wood, Plastic and Concrete” in Brussels. More than 200 participants from industry, science, NGOs, representatives of the European Union and other policymakers accepted the invitation and discussed challenges and needs in the circular economy. Christoph Winterhalter, DIN Executive Board Chairman and CEN Vice President Policy, welcomed the workshop participants and encouraged all stakeholders to work together to develop a vision for the circular economy. This vision will provide the European standards organizations CEN & CENELEC a guideline for the development of concrete measures to strengthen the circular economy. The first part of the workshop focused on the challenges and needs in the metal, wood, plastics and concrete value chains. The greatest challenges identified were the lack of terminology for the circular economy, the lack of an overarching ... More 

Artificial intelligence requires standards and specifications Successful kick-off event for AI Standardization Roadmap

(2019-10-16)  How can standards help ensure that artificial intelligence works safely and dependably for us in the future? The German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and VDE/DKE discussed exactly this question at the kick-off event for the Standardization Roadmap on Artificial Intelligence, along with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and more than 300 experts and stakeholders from industry, politics, the scientific research community and society as a whole. Key element of the German government’s AI strategy “Artificial intelligence is a key technology that holds enormous potential for German industry. Yet in order to further advance “AI made in Germany”, we need reliable standards and specifications. The standardization roadmap will make an important contribution toward this goal. This is also the aim of the Federal Government’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy," explained Dr. Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs ... More 

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DIN event on "Trade and International Standardization" in Brussels

(2019-10-11)  More than 60 stakeholders from the European Parliament, the European Commission, Permanent Representations and associations accepted DIN’s invitation to a discussion on “Trade and international standardization” on 9 October in Brussels. The event was held under the patronage of Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA). In his opening statement, Mr. Bütikofer, who among other duties is Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China, emphasized the essential role of standardization in the European Union's foreign trade policy. According to Bütikofer, other leading industrial nations such as China and the United States have recognized the importance of technical standards and are utilizing them as a strategic instrument. He referred to a newly published Report by the former Prime Minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt, on standardization for the global competitiveness of the EU in the digital age, a report for which Mr. More 

Participants in the first meeting of the steering committee on 1 August 2019 founded a steering group for the development of a Standardization Roadmap on Artificial Intelligence.
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Setting the course for the AI Roadmap

(2019-08-02)  German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and leading figures from industry, politics, science and representatives of civil society found steering group On August 1, leading figures from industry, politics, science and representatives of civil society, together with the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), founded a steering group for the Standardization Roadmap on Artificial Intelligence (AI), thus paving the way for the expansion of Germany as an AI hub. Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster, Chief Executive Advisor of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), will be the head of the steering group. There is a need for action when it comes to transferring research results into applications, building trust and being able to articulate AI applications clearly. Standards and specifications play a central role when addressing these issues and will ... More 

DIN and SAE present new terminology standard for automated vehicles

(2019-06-03)  SAE International and the German Institute for standardization (DIN) announce the new specification DIN SAE SPEC 91381 “Terms and definitions related to testing of automated vehicle technologies”. For the first time, DIN and SAE International have teamed up to develop a bilingual (German/English) specification on automated vehicle technologies. As Automated Vehicle (AV) research and development intensifies and nears projected commercialization, various industry stakeholders have expressed the need to establish a common language and understanding among industry stakeholders, particularly with regard to the latest technological developments around AV testing. In the current discussion on automated driving, specific terms such as “controlled environment” or “scenario” are frequently misrepresented or used in multiple contexts. Terms also differ among countries and even within them. The DIN SAE specification contains terms and definitions related to the testing of automated vehicles. More 

V.l.n.r.: Prof. Knut Blind (TU Berlin), Dr. Thomas Zielke (BMWi) und Rüdiger Marquardt (DIN)
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More influence on standards than on laws

(2019-05-28)  According to companies' own estimation, the standardization process, with the opportunity to develop the associated standards, is a more viable channel than legislation for companies wishing to input their technological know-how. This is one of the key results of the seventh “German standardization panel”. What is more, the companies questioned rated national standardization higher than both European standardization and national and EU legislation when it comes to transparency, openness, neutrality, effectiveness, efficiency and coherence. For DIN, the positive results confirm the standardization process and the valuable work carried out by the 34,500 experts from industry, research, consumer protection and the public sector who contribute their knowledge to the development of standards and specifications. Each year, the Department of Innovation Economics at the Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin) carries out a survey on standardization. Some 900 companies took part in the ... More 

Information Technology standardizationISO/IEC JTC 1 explores emerging areas

(2019-05-24)  During the second week of May, ISO/IEC JTC 1 held its 34th plenary meeting in Lahaina, Maui, USA.. The meeting in Lahaina brought together more than 70 experts from 18 countries to discuss developments and plan new work programs across many aspects of the Information Technology standardisation landscape. Constituted in 1987 as the first joint committee of both IEC and ISO, JTC 1 is now made up of experts from 33 countries and has published 3181 standards in the field of Information Technology, with 544 currently under development. Originally publishing standards in areas such as “Coded Character Sets” under sub-committee (SC) 2 and “Telecommunications and Information Exchange between Systems” under SC 6, JTC 1 has always kept pace with technology developments. JTC 1 has adopted its work program to the current technologies and technology trends and continues to focus on standards that build a foundation for the digitization of the technologies standardized across other committees ... More 

DIN to develop AI standardization roadmap

(2019-05-14)  DIN is currently beginning the process of drafting an Artificial Intelligence roadmap. The aim is to act quickly to create a framework for action for standardization that will strengthen the global competitiveness of German industry and make European values the global benchmark. The standardization roadmap will provide an overview of existing standards and specifications dealing with aspects of AI, and also make recommendations in areas where it sees a need for action. It is being developed by stakeholders from business, science, government and civil society. DIN is orchestrating this dialogue as a neutral platform. The roadmap will play an important role in asserting Germany’s position at the European and international level. It is a step that will implement the AI strategy of the Federal Republic, for field of action no. 10, as outlined in the strategy document, expressly deals with “Setting standards”. The roadmap is being developed in an open and transparent process. More 

Ensuring AI quality

(2019-03-29)  Newly published: DIN SPEC 92001-1 on the quality of AI modules Just in time for the Hanover Fair, DIN presented the new DIN SPEC 92001-1, Artificial Intelligence – Life Cycle Processes and Quality Requirements – Part 1: Quality Metamodel. This DIN SPEC aims to ensure the quality of AI throughout its entire life cycle using a uniform concept. To this end, it defines a quality metamodel that comprises and combines all key aspects of AI quality. Special focus is placed on the individual phases in the life cycle of AI modules; these can have certain quality requirements assigned to them. Particularly in the conception and development stages, for example, it is important to prevent bias when information is processed. In addition, the metamodel identifies the three quality pillars that are the goals central to quality assurance: functionality and performance, robustness and comprehensibility. It also establishes the components of an AI module that are relevant to its quality, such as ... More 

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