Landscape of AI Standards

Parallel Session 2.2


Monday 12th / 15.00h - 16.30h

The creation of and compliance with binding international standards is of central importance to the sustainability of solutions and thus is a competitive strength.

Preferably these standards should be global – because only global standards ultimately lead to success in a world that is more and more networked and where multinational companies make big contributions to national GDPs.

But – and this is also true – to a certain extent we in Europe can create the conditions and set a binding framework for international standards.

Discussion in our session will be about different aspects of standardization for AI.

  • Setting the scene (Thomas Hahn, Abdellatif Benjelloun)
  • Standardization landscape in EU/world - Bernhard Thies (CENLEC)
  • What's going with respect to AI in ISO/IEC JTC1 – SC42 (Abdellatif Benjelloun)
  • Standardisation paving the way for smart statistics (Marta Nagy-Rothengass - EC)
  • For Smart Manufacturing relevant standardization
    organizations - Thomas Hahn (Siemens)
  • Questions & Answers (Bernhard Thies, Márta Nagy-Rothengass, Abdellatif Benjelloun, Thomas Hahn)


Dr. Márta Nagy-Rothengass
Head of Unit, Data and Metadata Services and Standardisation

Márta has broad working experience Europe wide in business and public environment. She dealt with initiation and transaction of trade agreements, taught Business Studies, managed social association and did consultancy work. She gathered her interest on ICT while establishing "New Media" by a traditional German manufacturing company.

In 2005 Márta joined the European Commission as the Head of Unit of "ICT for the Environment" and developed her Unit further to "ICT for Sustainable Growth" linked to the integrated climate and energy policy. After her move to Luxembourg in 2008, she served as Head of Unit "Technologies for Information Management" with focus on research and development funding of innovative ICT technologies supporting the creation of intelligent digital objects and knowledge management, later on, the efficient management of extremely large-scale data including Open Data. After this Márta was in charge of the Data Value Chain Unit and implemented a strategy to extract the maximum value from data by building on the intelligent use of data sources across Europe and beyond. It included the fostering of the right policy environment for data-driven entrepreneurship including the revision of the Public Sector Information Directive, the development of a pan-European Open Data Infrastructure and research and innovation actions. Furthermore, she also contributed to the Digital Single Market strategy of the European Commission by fostering its "Data economy pillar" and by addressing the linguistic challenges of the digital economy and society. Hereby she actively worked on community building to foster the growth of the data economy in Europe. She initiated and implemented the European Data Forum with yearly big events and was deeply involved into the EC Communications such as the "Towards a thriving data-driven economy" and acted as the driving force of the European Public-Private Partnership on "Big Data Value".

Since January 2017 Márta is the Head of the Data and metadata services and standardisation Unit at Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union. Hereby she is working on harmonisation of the statistical data management across sectors and the European Statistical System; she is in charge of the deployment of the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange in Europe and beyond and with her team she contributes to the successful data sharing and dissemination of Eurostat data by delivering excellent service to the different tools and systems. Her portfolio also includes a contribution to international data classification, coordination of data purchase for the European Commission services and working in European and international fora.

Bernhard Thies
President, CENELEC

Dr Ing. Bernhard Thies, born in 1951, studied Power Engineering at RWTH Aachen, followed by his doctorate at Institut für Allgemeine Elektrotechnik und Hochspannungstechnik.

From 1984 to 1998 he held various positions at ABB (BBC).

In 1999 Dr Thies started as Deputy Managing Director of the DKE (German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE), followed with the nomination as Chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2007.

Since October 2008 Dr Bernhard Thies holds lectures at the RWTH Aachen “Protective Measures and Equipment in Power Supply Systems and Electrical Installations” (Master Studies Electrical Power Engineering.)

In his capacity as Secretary of the German National Committee of IEC and CENELEC Dr Thies also represented German interests in various Management Committees up to 2015.

In March 2014 he was elected as Chairman for the External Relations Committee of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

Since 2012 2nd Charman of the Board and founder of EEBus Initiative.

In January 2015 Dr Thies has started his duties as the incoming CENELEC President; his CENELEC presidency will last from 2016 until 2018.

Since May 2017 he retired from DKE.

Thomas Hahn
Siemens AG

Thomas Hahn, born in 1960, has been Chief Software Expert at Siemens AG since 2011. After studying computer science at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen he joined the company in 1986 and worked as a product developer in the field of industrial networks in Erlangen. In 1993 he moved to Nuremberg, where he worked in product management for SIMATIC and as a project manager responsible for the development of SIMATIC STEP 7. From 1997 he worked as Head of Development at Traffic Control Systems in Munich for two years. In 1999 he returned to Nuremberg, where he was Head of Software Development for Industrial Automation Systems. He held this post until 2011. In addition to his function as Chief Software Expert, he was Head of the Business Analytics and Monitoring technology field from 2011 to August 2013. Beyond his activities at Siemens, Thomas Hahn is a member or board member of various bodies, including the OPC Foundation, Big Data Value Association, Openlab CERN and Platform Industrie 4.0.