AI – Made in Germany

German Standardization Roadmap AI published: Recommendations for action in standardization of artificial intelligence

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The German Institute for Standardization (DIN), the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (DKE) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) today presented the German Standardization Roadmap AI to the public at the Federal Government's Digital Summit. The 200-page roadmap provides recommendations for action in the field of artificial intelligence standardization.

“With the Standardization Roadmap AI, we are implementing a key measure of the Federal Government's AI strategy. Standards and specifications ensure a seamless collaboration and trust in AI systems and pave the way for ‘AI - Made in Germany’”, says Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The recommendations for action for AI standardization are the result of about a year of concentrated work: Since October 2019, 300 experts from industry, science, the public sector and civil society have jointly developed the document. A high-level steering group chaired by Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster of the Platform Learning Systems coordinated and accompanied this work. “AI research in Germany is among the best in the world. Standards and specifications pave the way for developing innovative products based on the results, which can become export hits for our economy," explains Prof. Wahlster.

The implementation of the recommendations for action will help to strengthen the German economy and science in the international artificial intelligence competition, and to create innovation-friendly conditions for this technology of the future. Furthermore, the experts are advising the initiation of a national implementation programme "Trusted AI". This will give Germany the opportunity to develop the world’s first AI certification scheme.

The publication of the results of the Standardization Roadmap AI is the prelude to the work that now lies ahead - Michael Teigeler, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the DKE, is looking forward to the future tasks: “We now have a comprehensive overview of where we are already well positioned in AI standardization in key topic areas and where we still need to start. Now we need to take action together on the recommendations.”

Christoph Winterhalter, DIN Executive Board Chairman, is in favour of swift implementation: "With the results of the Roadmap, the standardization work can begin. Now we have to implement the recommendations for action quickly and get concrete projects underway. To this end, we invite interested specialists to participate and contribute their knowledge to the standardization process.”

The Standardization Roadmap AI will be continuously updated to take account of changing requirements. The document is available for free in German and English.