About

The IEEE-USA Government Relations Council created the Artificial Intelligence and Automated Systems Policy Committee (AI&ASPC) 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 U.S. 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.

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Volunteer Leaders

Chair: Mina Hanna
Vice-Chair: Peter Whitehead
Vice-Chair: Cliff Lau

Staff Contact

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

Get Involved

IEEE-USA invites all IEEE members in the United States to participate in our policy committees. If you are interested in public policy and want to help IEEE-USA promote our legislative agenda, please let us know. we are always looking for new volunteers, new ideas and new experts to help promote sound public policies.

Please contact:

Russ Harrison
Director, Government Relations
r.t.harrison@ieee.org
+1 202 530 8326