Recent Advances in the Assessment and Certification of AI Ethics


Ali G. Hessami
Chair & Technical Editor, IEEE P7000 Technology Ethics Standard
Vice Chair and Process Architect, IEEE Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems
Director of R&D and Innovation
Vega Systems, UK
London, United Kingdom                   



This address will cover the latest advances on technology ethics and two IEEE initiatives namely IEEE 7000 standard and the Ethics Certification Programme for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS). These provide a basis for raising awareness and providing a systematic framework for the innovators, researchers and technologists as well as small and large enterprises involved in AI and technology innovation and development. The main focus is on Autonomous Decision Making and Algorithmic Learning Systems and two complementary approaches to the risk reduction in societal harms and ethical assurance of these technologies.


Biography of the speaker

Prof. Ali Hessami, FRSA

Director of R&D and Innovation
Vega Systems, UK
London, United Kingdom

Ali Hessami is currently the Director of R&D and Innovation at Vega Systems. He has an extensive track record in systems assurance and safety, security, sustainability, knowledge assessment/management methodologies and has a background in design and development of advanced control systems for business and safety critical industrial applications.

Ali represents UK on CENELEC & IEC safety systems, hardware & software standards committees. He was appointed by CENELEC as convener of a number of Working Groups for review of EN50128 Safety Critical Software Standard and for update and restructuring of the software, hardware and system safety standards in CENELEC. Ali also a member of Cyber Security Standardisation WG26 Group and started and chairs the IEEE SMC and the Systems Council Chapters in the UK and Ireland Section.

During 2017 Ali joined the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) initially as a committee member for the new landmark IEEE P7000 standard focused on “Addressing Ethical Concerns in System Design”. He was subsequently appointed as the Technical Editor and later the Chair of P7000 standard. In November 2018, he was appointed as the VC and Process Architect of the IEEE ‘s global Ethics Certification Programme for Autonomous & Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS).

He has been the recent Chair of the IEEE in the UK and the Republic of Ireland driving an extensive programme of reform and member value initiatives ranging from a structured educational programme for online and face to face delivery to events, Open Days, Lectures and Professional Recognition and Registration for members.

Ali is a Visiting Professor at London City University’s Centre for Systems and Control in the School of Engineering & Mathematics and at Beijing Jiaotong University School of Electronics & Information Engineering. He is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Fellow of the UK Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and a Life Senior Member of IEEE.