About

The IEEE-USA Government Relations Council created the ad hoc Artificial Intelligence Committee in late 2016 to enable IEEE members with experience and expertise in the various disciplines related to the field of artificial intelligence to formulate public policy position statements. The committee will produce positions that reflect a consensus viewpoint of IEEE's US membership, and which IEEE-USA staff will use to guide advocacy efforts within the United States. Specific uses include, but are not limited to, legislative advocacy, rulemaking notice-and-comment letters, and advocacy efforts with White House and federal agency officials.

The committee has no established meeting schedule and will convene as necessary.

Rationale

Artificial Intelligence (AI), the theory and development of computer systems that are able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, is an emerging technology, rapidly gaining worldwide attention. While AI can be an effective and efficient enabler for national security and social good, and has significant potential for a wide range of commercial applications, society needs to acknowledge and address a number of salient issues.  Increasingly, AI applications significantly impact every aspect of American society, with implications for the economy, public safety and privacy, and government applications.

For these reasons, coordinated federal policy is needed. The U.S. Government must support AI R&D adequately while enacting effective public policy and the regulations that will promote safety, privacy, cyber security, and intellectual property protection -- as well as to assure the transparency and information necessary to allow the public to make informed decisions about the use of AI. Insufficient attention to any of these areas could result in high-profile controversies, critical technological failures, or even loss of life. Well-considered policies are essential for AI to achieve its full potential to create value for our society and allow the US to remain the leader in AI innovation.

Roster

The Ad Hoc committee is comprised of IEEE members who represent the existing IEEE-USA public policy committees as well as various IEEE societies. 

CO-CHAIRS:

Brendan Godfrey - Chair of the IEEE-USA Research and Development Policy Committee; member of the IEEE-USA Government Relations Committee; member of the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Administrative Committed;, and former chair of the NPSS Plasma Science and Applications Committee.

Philip Hall, Chair, IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation & Aerospace Policy; Member, IEEE-USA Government Relations Council (GR),; Member, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT); Vice President, SSIT Board of Governors; SSIT Distinguished Lecturer; Member, IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS); Vice Chair, AESS Unmanned Airborne Vehicle (UAV) Technical Panel; Chair, IEEE R4 SEM Chapter 3: AES10/COM19; Member, IEEE-SA Working Groups for IEEE P7000™ Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns During System Design and IEEE P1920.1™ Aerial Communications and Networking Standards. He represents the IEEE-USA GRC on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, and it’s Committee on Effective Policymaking for Innovative Communities involving Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. He is an Associate Professor at The University of Melbourne (Australia); Director and CEO, RelmaTech Limited (UK); and a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and Engineers Australia.

MEMBERS:

Kyle Bunch - member, IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee; former IEEE-USA Engineering and Diplomacy Fellow, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State

Marc Canellas - Ph.D. Candidate, focusing on cognitive engineering, human-automation interaction, behavioral psychology, and autonomous weapons systems. Cognitive Engineering Center, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; member, Human-Robot Interaction Committee, IEEE Standards Association - Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems; NSF GRFP Fellow; 2011 WISE Intern

Mina J. Hanna - Senior Applications Consultant, Synopsys Inc.; Chief Operating Officer at Wholesplit; Corresponding member, IEEE-USA Research & Development and Energy Policy Committees

Shawn Kimmel - Lead Technologist at Booz Allen Hamilton;  2015-2015 IEEE-USA Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow; member, IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation & Aerospace Policy

Clifford Lau - current member and past Chair, IEEE-USA Research & Development Policy Committee

Roger Oliva - VP, Technical Operations, IEEE Systems Council; member, IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society ,IEEE Computer Society, and IEEE Circuits & Systems Society; past Chair, IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation & Aerospace Policy (2014-2015)

Michael "Mike" Orlovsky, SM-IEEE - Region 3 Representative, IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy; Junior Past Section Chair, IEEE Orlando Section; 2014 & 2015 & 2016 Awards Chair, IEEE Orlando Section; Chapter Chair, TEMS Orlando Section; Chapter Secretary, AESS Orlando Section

David Ostfeld - Member, IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Committee; IP attorney with 30 years experience in Intellectual Property

Gary Pisner - IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Committee member

Yosef Razin - Cognitive Engineering Center, Georgia Institute of Technology

Lee Stogner, PMP - IEEE Consumer Electronics Society; Managing Principle, Vincula Group; 2014 IEEE Region 3 Representative to IEEE-USA Research & Development Policy and Energy Policy Committees

Peter Whitehead - MITRE Corporation;  AAAS Science and Tech Fellow 2012-2014; Member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS), and SPIE; Corresponding Member, IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee

Bartosz Wojszczyk, Managing Partner, Decision Point Global, USA; Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina;Adjunct Scientist Principle, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore; Board Member, Internet of Things, Asia;mMember, IEEE Power & Energy Society; member, IEEE USA Energy PolicyCommittee

Jacek M. Zurada - IEEE Life Fellow; 2014 IEEE VP-Technical Activities (TAB Chair); Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Louisville, KY USA; 2015 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Representative to IEEE-USA’s Research & Development Policy Committee

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Brendan Godfrey
  • Phil Hall

Staff Contact

Erica Wissolik
Program Manager, Government Activities
e.wissolik@ieee.org
+1 202 530 8347