Implementing AI Ethics in the EU: regulatory and standardization frameworkRegister
Registrations are open! Join us online for a discussion around AI & ethics focusing on standardization
During this 22 June EUREL eMeetup we will discuss how standards can help achieve the EU objectives of ensuring the protection of ethical principles and make sure that any concerns or fears of the industry are addressed.
Ethics in artificial intelligence has been a priority in Europe since European Commission’s President von der Leyen announced her political goals for 2019-2024. She called for a coordinated European approach on the human and ethical implications of AI in legislation as a key topic for Europe to become a global leader in the development of secure, trustworthy and ethical artificial intelligence.
Standardization is an important strategic tool to achieve the “ecosystem of trust” Europe needs. At European and international standardization level, work on AI and ethics needs to be further developed.
The European Commission acknowledges the role standardization needs to play in its recently proposed Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA). It was already highlighted also in the EU White paper on “Artificial Intelligence - A European approach to excellence and trust” adopted in 2020, as well as in the “ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI” from the independent high-level expert group on artificial intelligence set up by the European Commission.
At standardization level, CEN and CENELEC AI Focus Group has proposed approaches for AI Ethics from a European standardization perspective. Work on AI is also being carried out at European level by ETSI and at international level by ISO and IEC, as well as by other standardization actors such as IEEE.
Taking part in the EUREL eMeetup discussion are:
- Dr Sebastian Hallensleben from VDE e.V., chair of the newly created CEN/CENELEC JTC 21 on standardisation structure for AI & convenor of the international IEC Special Expert Group on AI Ethics
- Danny Van Roijen from COCIR
- Jean-Philippe Faure from IEEE
- Svenja Hahn from the European Parliament
Dr Sebastian Hallensleben, VDE e.V.
Dr Sebastian Hallensleben is one of the thought leaders for AI Ethics in Europe, and in particular for practical implementations of AI Ethics. He draws on well-established mechanisms such as standardisation, classification and labelling to package AI ethics in ways that not only provide a convenient toolset for regulators but also support market mechanisms and innovation.
Dr Sebastian Hallensleben is the convenor of the CEN/CENELEC AI Focus Group and designated chair of the upcoming CEN/CENELEC JTC 21 on standardisation structure for AI, as well as the convenor of the international IEC Special Expert Group on AI Ethics.
In his role at VDE in Germany he drives a broad range of digital topics such as the trustworthiness of information, product verification, human-machine interfaces in the digital age or new virtual conferencing paradigms.
In his keynote at EUREL eMeetup on implementing AI ethics in Europe, he will outline how standardisation and regulation need to go hand in hand in order to implement AI ethics in a way that meets the interests of all European stakeholders.
Danny Van Roijen, COCIR
Danny Van Roijen is Digital Health Director at COCIR. Danny holds a Master in Business Engineering and has 15 years of experience as a public affairs professional. Coordinating the association’s digital health activities Danny focuses on European policy making, including in the area of AI, interoperability, mhealth, cybersecurity and data protection.
Danny represents COCIR in the AI4People initiative. Danny is also a member of the Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group, established by the European Commission under the EU’s Cybersecurity Act. On behalf of COCIR, Danny is chairing the Healthcare working group within the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Application (INATBA).
COCIR is the leading European trade association representing the medical imaging, radiotherapy, electromedical and health IT industries
Jean-Philippe Faure, IEEE
CEO of Progilon, he is a world-class expert in standardization. Since March 2020, he is in charge of developing IEEE SA European Standardization Partnerships, particularly in the field of Artificial Intelligence including technology, societal, and ethical considerations.
From 2016 to 2020 he held strategic and operational positions in IEEE standardization governance. In 2016-2018, he was chair of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) Standards Board, continuously overseeing 650+ standards development projects involving 20,000+ developers worldwide and he served as member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors in 2016-2020.
He has chaired IEEE, IEC-CISPR and AFNOR working groups and he has participated in CENELEC and ETSI working groups for the development of power-line communications and other communication standards for 15+ years. He received his master’s degree in engineering from Ecole Centrale Marseille in France in 1987.
Svenja Hahn, Member of the European Parliament
Svenja Hahn (1989) is a first-term Member of the European Parliament for the German Free Democratic Party (FDP), part of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament. She is from Hamburg, Germany. Svenja Hahn is a member of the Committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) where she especially focuses on AI legislation. She is also a substitute member in the International Trade Committee (INTA), where her focus has been on South and Southeast Asia, responsible business conduct and circular economy. Furthermore, she is Renew Europe coordinator in the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA), established in 2020.
Svenja Hahn is also a member of the delegation to ASEAN and South Asia and a substitute member of the delegation to Australia and New Zealand. She is member of several parliamentary intergroups, such as the LGBTI Intergroup, the Disability Intergroup, the Anti-Racism and Discrimination Intergroup (ARDI), the Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SeaRICA), the Spinelli Group and the SME Intergroup, as well as the working group on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and the Youth interest group.
Svenja Hahn was the President of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) from 2018-2020, and before that she served as the press officer (2014-2016) and Vice President (2016-2018) of the organisation. Since 2020, she is the First Vice President of the European Liberal Forum (ELF).Member of the European
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