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SAE International establishes new AI standards committee

SAE International has formed a new artificial intelligence (AI) standards committee. The SAE G-34 Committee for Applied Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Systems was established to help guide safe and successful adoption of AI technologies through the development of industry consensus standards and recommended practices. With an initial focus on critical fight management systems, the committee will evaluate applications for AI usage in aviation and aerospace and will propose standards to support implementation and certification

AI is poised to transform the aerospace industry, impacting all areas in which computing and aerospace intersect. AI and machine learning is quickly becoming embedded into and transforming digital systems used to design, manufacture, operate, and maintain aerial vehicles. When these technologies are leveraged successfully, it will dramatically change how the aerospace industry operates. 


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“To realize these benefits, the industry must come together to ensure AI is applied in a safe, stable, and scalable manner. Standards must be developed that the entire industry ecosystem can support. They must be developed in conjunction with our regulators, and most importantly, they must engender the public trust,” says committee chair, Mark Roboff.

“This new committee is being formed at a critical time as the public takes a hard look at the role automation and machine learning play in flight and in the wider aviation system. Formed from membership across the aerospace and aviation ecosystem, this committee will identify the best practices and will establish the standards that ensure AI can be applied and certified in a manner that achieves these criteria,” adds Roboff.


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The new committee proposal follows the expert panel on AI at SAE’s Aerospace Standards Summit in October 2018 and is supported by the strategic assessment of the SAE International Digital and Data Steering Group (DDSG) and input from numerous stakeholders across the value chain. As part of its ongoing function, the committee will pursue similar efforts in other industry spaces such as automotive to benefit from cross-sector collaboration.  

“There has been considerable anticipation in the formation of the G-34 committee and SAE International is honored to support the global aviation community in supporting the integration of artificial intelligence applications through the development of consensus standards,” states David Alexander, director of SAE International Aerospace Standards. “Artificial intelligence and machine learning are critical enablers of the industry’s future and a key part of SAE’s strategic mission to advance aviation technology and capability. We look forward to working with the committee members in developing the necessary standards for the application of AI.”


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William Kucinski is content editor at SAE International, Aerospace Products Group in Warrendale, Pa. Previously, he worked as a writer at the NASA Safety Center in Cleveland, Ohio and was responsible for writing the agency’s System Failure Case Studies. His interests include literally anything that has to do with space, past and present military aircraft, and propulsion technology.

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