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Congratulations, AI Trailblazers! ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 Receives Prestigious ISO Lawrence D. Eicher Award


Recognition for Excellence in Standards Development

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) congratulates a trailblazing group committed to building global AI standardization efforts: The International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information technology, Subcommittee (SC) 42, Artificial intelligence. JTC 1 SC 42 is the winner of ISO’s 2023 Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award (LDE) for its excellence in standards development.

The prestigious award was presented to Wael William Diab, chair, and ANSI’s Heather Benko, committee manager, during the ISO Annual Meeting in Brisbane, Australia this week, recognizing the joint committee on artificial intelligence (AI) for their effective leadership, innovative approaches and proactive management, and best practice in developing standards for the rapidly evolving technology. “By providing business leaders and policymakers with the tools to establish responsible, ethical procedures, these foundational standards will provide long-term value through optimization and risk mitigation,” according to ISO.   

Initiated in 2003, the LDE award is named in honor of ISOʼs late secretary-general, Lawrence D. Eicher, whose 16-year tenure at ISO (1986-2002) saw the organization evolve from an institution with a predominantly technological focus to a market-oriented organization. The award recognizes superior performance by one of the ISO standards development groups.

Created in 2017, JTC 1 SC 42 is the first-of-its-kind international standards committee looking at the full AI IT ecosystem. The SC is responsible for 20 published ISO standards, including ISO/IEC 22989:2022, Artificial intelligence concepts and terminology, ISO/IEC 23894:2023, Artificial intelligence — Guidance on risk management, and ISO/IEC TR 24368:2022, Overview of ethical and societal concerns, among others, with over 30 under development.

Last year, ANSI, which holds the Secretariat of the committee, spoke with its chair Wael William Diab about some of the group’s highlights, the future of AI standardization work, and how to get involved.

“We are very proud to part of the forefront of AI standardization efforts and are excited to see the future impact of JTC 1 SC 42 as they leverage efforts that impact the world,” said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO.

See more about the award in ISO’s news item.


About ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42

Now in its 35th year, ISO/IEC JTC 1 has addressed the rapidly changing standardization requirements of the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry, speeding the developmental process and the wide deployment of relevant standards.

The U.S plays a leading role in JTC 1, with ANSI, the U.S. member body to ISO, serving as secretariat.

Charged with serving as the focal point within ISO/IEC JTC 1 for AI standardization, SC 42 provides guidance to JTC 1 and ISO and IEC committees as they look to develop AI-related standards in their sector-specific application areas.

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