Setting the timetable for the future
In a joint project with the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), DIN and DKE developed together with experts from industry, science, the public sector and civil society a roadmap for standards and specifications in the field of artificial intelligence. The aim was the early development of a framework for action in the field of standardization which will strengthen the global competitiveness of German industry and make European values the global benchmark. With this step, DIN is implementing the AI strategy of the German Federal Government. The field of Action 10, as outlined in the Strategy, explicitly deals with the topic “Setting standards”.
First results and concrete recommendations for action
After about one year of intensive work, the results of the Standardization Roadmap AI were presented at the Digital Summit of the Federal Government on 30 November 2020 and handed over to the Federal Government. The Roadmap provides a comprehensive overview of the status quo, requirements and challenges as well as the need for standardization on seven key topics related to artificial intelligence: basic principles, ethics/responsible AI, quality, conformity assessment and certification, IT security in AI systems, industrial automation, mobility and logistics and AI in medicine. The participating experts identified five overarching and central recommendation for action whose implementation should help to build trust in AI and thus support the development of this future technology.
Implementation of recommendations is underway
The implementation of the recommendations for action is already in high gear. After the results of the Roadmap were presented in January and February and concrete implementation projects for the development of standards and specifications were discussed, the initiation of the first projects is now getting started. The plans include lighthouse projects, such as an implementation initiative for the testing and certification of AI systems. Beginning in autumn 2021, the Standardization Roadmap AI itself will also be further developed.
High-level coordination group
A high-level AI coordination group will manage and guide this work: promoting initiatives, coordinating the parties involved and fostering both national and international cooperation. This coordination group acts as the main hub for coordination, the exchange of ideas and participation for the entire AI landscape in Germany for aspects of AI relevant to standardization. It replaces the steering group that spearheaded the development of the Roadmap.
We need your expertise. Get involved!
DIN and DKE are still looking for experts from a wide range of sectors to implement the recommendations of the Roadmap. If you are interested, please contact Filiz Elmas, Head of Business Development Artificial Intelligence at DIN.