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City academic elected chairman of German AI standardization initiative

Lecturer in Data Science, Dr Tarek R. Besold, will chair a new grouping to develop Artificial Intelligence norms in Germany and internationally.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)
Lecturer in Data Science in City, University of London's Department of Computer Science, Dr Tarek R. Besold, has been elected chairman of the newly formed Working Committee on Artificial Intelligence (NA 043-01-42 AA) of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN)’s Standards Committee for Information Technology and selected IT Applications.

The working committee has been tasked through its mission statement to develop standards and norms in the area of Artificial Intelligence – ranging from a general terminology and taxonomy, to good engineering practices, to guidelines which take societal concerns into consideration – both on the national level in Germany, and in the international dimension via the DIN’s status as a member body of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

In order to ensure that all interests and perspectives on the topic of Artificial Intelligence are represented, the working committee comprises experts and stakeholders from science, industry, government, and society.

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In his role as chairman, Dr Besold will also be a member of the German delegation to the founding meeting of the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence (SC 42) in Beijing, China, in mid-April 2018.

DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, is an independent platform for standardization in Germany and worldwide, bringing together more than 32,000 experts from industry, research, consumer protection and the public sector to work on standardization projects.

The results of these efforts are market-oriented standards and specifications that promote global trade, encourage rationalization, quality assurance and environmental protection as well as improve security and communication.

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