SAE International Announces Formation of New Standards Committee for Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Systems

PARIS/WARRENDALE, PA (June 19, 2019) – In conjunction with the timing of the 53rd International Paris Airshow, SAE International® announced the formation of the new SAE G-34 Committee for Applied Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Systems.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to transform the aerospace industry, impacting all areas in which computing and aerospace intersect. AI will embed into and transform the digital systems used to design, manufacture, operate, and maintain aerial vehicles, and when leveraged successfully, it will dramatically change how the aerospace industry operates.  

The new SAE International committee will help guide safe and successful adoption of AI technologies in through the development of industry consensus standards and recommended practices within SAE. The committee will evaluate applications for AI usage in aviation systems, with an initial focus on systems critical to performing and managing flight and will propose standards to support implementation and certification.

“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,” Mark Roboff, committee chair, said.

“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,” Roboff added.

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, SAE International Aerospace Standards Director. “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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