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ANSI Releases Agenda for October 18 Joint Member Forum on Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence


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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released the agenda for its Joint Member Forum (JMF), Empowered by Innovation: Cutting-Edge Technologies Driving Real-World Solutions, October 18, 2018, in Washington, DC. The forum will explore concrete applications of two of the most transformative technologies propelling organizational/business advancement today: blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI).

Representative James Grant of the Florida House of Representatives will provide a keynote address on leveraging blockchain and other tech innovations for the benefit of diverse stakeholder groups, setting the stage for the day's panel discussions. A frequent speaker on innovation and healthcare IT, Mr. Grant serves as Chairman of Health Quality and sits on the Health and Human Services, Healthcare Appropriations, Commerce, Justice Appropriations, and Civil Justice committees in the Florida House of Representatives.

Following the keynote, expert panelists from a range of industries/sectors - including health care, ITC, transportation, shipping, food safety, and government - will discuss real-world applications of blockchain and AI, as well as the standards and conformance activities that have contributed to the deployment or are needed. Interactive dialogue and audience Q&A will be encouraged during each of the two panel sessions, structured as follows:

Panel 1: How Blockchain Is Transforming the Supply Chain

Experts will share how their organizations are using blockchain for supply chain security, and potential applications that may provide additional solutions for many types of companies and organizations.


  • Annette Mueller, Maersk

  • Kristin Holzworth, Ph.D., Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific

  • Eric Johnson, Journal of Commerce

  • Shahar A. Abrams, IBM Global Business Services

Moderator: Claire Ramspeck, ASME; Chair, ANSI Organizational Member Forum

Panel 2: Applications of Artificial Intelligence

Panelists will discuss how AI is transforming business and society and present concrete applications in various industries and sectors, as well as the standardization work helping to drive this innovation.


  • Steve Orrin, Intel Corporation

  • David J. Atkinson, Ph.D., Continental Automotive

  • Charles Romine, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

  • Mina J. Hanna, Synopsys Inc.; IEEE-SA Global Initiative on Ethics of A/I Systems Policy Committee

Moderator: Jim Matthews, Corning Inc.; Chair, ANSI Company Member Forum

The daylong event will also include ANSI's Annual Business Meeting luncheon, when the Institute's president and CEO and Board Chair will present updates on ANSI's recent activities, accomplishments, and strategic direction. ANSI members and all interested stakeholders from government, industry, business, consumer groups, and academia are encouraged to attend.

Download the full Joint Member Forum and Annual Business Meeting agenda.

The ANSI Joint Member Forum (free) and Annual Business Meeting luncheon (free for ANSI members; $95 for non-members) will take place on Thursday, October 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the FHI Conference Center in Washington, DC. Registration is required via this link.

The events are part of ANSI's World Standards Week (WSW) on October 15-19 - the most anticipated event of ANSI's 2018 centennial year. For more information, including registration for all WSW events, visit

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is made up of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. ANSI represents and serves the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For more information, visit


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