AI and Big Data Standardization: Contributing to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Ray Walshe School of Computing, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
  • Kevin Casey Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland
  • Jane Kernan School of Computing, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
  • Donal Fitzpatrick School of Computing, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Keywords: Sustainable, development, SDGs, emerging technologies, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, United Nations, ISO, ITU, IEEE, standards, standardization, SDOs, SSOs

Abstract

Emerging Technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and 5G communications are innovation accelerators creating new products, processes and industries by disrupting the Information Communication Technologies status quo. International Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) and Standard Setting Organisations (SSOs) develop and evolve consensus documents of the state of the art and publish these international agreements as Standards. In this document the authors present uses cases where some of these emerging technologies can contribute significantly to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Author Biographies

Ray Walshe, School of Computing, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Ray Walshe 10 Years working in Industry and 25 Years in Academia in Dublin City University, Ray graduated with honours in Electronic Engineering from University of Limerick in 1991 and worked with LM Ericsson, Software and Systems Engineering Limited and Siemens as Software Consultant. Joining School of Computing DCU in 1995 he is a Funded Researcher at Science Foundation Ireland Insight Centre for Data Analytics and at Science Foundation Ireland Adapt Centre for Digital Content, where his research activities include Cloud Computing, Big Data, IoT and AI Standardization. Ray is senior member of IEEE and member of IEEE European Public Policy Committee on ICT. He is a Digital Leader and Standards Consultant with the World Economic Forum (2018-Present) and his international standards work includes ISO/IEC JTC1 SC42 Artificial Intelligence Standards Editor, Steering Committee Member for European Commission Joint Initiative on Standardisation, Chair of StandICT.eu Expert Advisory Group and Coordinator of Horizon 2020 ELITE-S Standardization Fellowships. In 2019 Ray was appointed Member of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies and in 2020 was appointed to the CEN-CENELEC Focus Group on AI.

Kevin Casey, Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland

Kevin Casey is a lecturer at Maynooth University (MU). Before his current position he served as a lecturer at Dublin City University. Having completed a BSc and MSc in Computer Science at University College, Dublin, he began lecturing at GCD in 1994. He left in 2002 to take up a position as researcher in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. His current research is focused on educational data analytics and he is involved with several initiatives in relation to Computational Thinking, largely though his work with the PACT group at MU (http://pact.cs.nuim.ie/). Kevin holds a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin.

Jane Kernan, School of Computing, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Jane Kernan Ms Kernan has over 20 year’s experience as Lecturer in the School of Computing in Dublin City University, Ireland, She is co-ordinator for 1st and 2nd Years Progamme in Computing, former Chair of MSc. In IT and Chair of the Graduate Diploma in IT. Jane delivers graduate and postgraduate course in Business Database Management and Business Applications and has extensive experience supervising student projects. Jane conducts research in the CloudCORE Research Group and the European Industry University Research Association (EIURA). She was Local Chair for EIURA Cloud Forum, 23rd Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science and the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative including Startup Europe Week, Startup Europe University Network and the SEC2U initiative. More recently Jane has been conducting research on Impact of Technology Standardization and has published book chapters on the Big Data Standardization.

Donal Fitzpatrick, School of Computing, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Donal Fitzpatrick is a lecturer in the School of Computing. His research interests are in the area of interface design, with particular emphasis on the creation of multimodal interfaces. Dr. Fitzpatrick’s work has primarily focussed on the accessibility of all user interfaces for people with disabilities. he is currently working on the Euromath project which aims to improve the educational opportunities for blind people, by creating tools to provide access to mathematics in a non-visual way. From 2014–17, Dr. Fitzpatrick was coordinator of the FP7 EAGLE project. Dr. Fitzpatrick has previously been principle Investigator in the SFI-funded project entitled Barrier-Free Access to Mathematics. In 2014 Dr. Fitzpatrick was the recipient of the Enable award which recognised his outstanding contribution to the field of research into Assistive Technology for persons with Disabilities.

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2020-04-23
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