Confiance.ai and VDE: towards a Franco-German label on AI

The collective of the Confiance.ai program bringing together 13 leading industrial and academic founding partners (Air Liquide, Airbus, Atos, CEA, Inria, Naval Group, Renault, Safran, IRT Saint Exupery, Sopra Steria, IRT SystemX, Thales and Valeo) and more broadly an ecosystem of nearly 50 partners including startups and SMEs, and a German consortium bringing together 10 industrial, academic and civil society partners (including Bosch, Siemens, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Sap, Itas/Kit, iRights.Lab , Ferdinand-Steinbeis-Institut, Basf, Tüv-Süd, Izew Universität Tübingen) led by VDE, one of Europe’s leading technology organizations based in Germany, announce a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC).

This close alliance between key players in France and Germany, representing a large number of strategic industrial sectors for Europe, aims to support the future European regulation on artificial intelligence (AI Act), by creating during 2023 a label joint Franco-German on trusted and responsible AI which will be closely linked to future harmonized standards. It aims to provide guidelines and specifications for AI applications and to prepare ecosystems to get in working order for compliance with the AI ​​Act.

In concrete terms, these players will offer a common repository on trusted AI (characteristics necessary for reliability, evaluation reference system and key performance indicators). This repository will be based on the pooling of previous work carried out by each and will address issues of ethics, responsibility, safety and may also extend to environmental issues related to AI.

Together, they will aim to carry this label on a European scale and will also propose a governance structure, future European industrial alliance on AIin order to ensure its promotion and dissemination.

The Confiance.ai collective has been collaborating for many months with the German ecosystem. The strength of this alliance between leading industrial and academic partners lies in our desire to promote a common vision of trustworthy and responsible AI, and to create a dedicated label initially at the Franco-German level, but which will be intended to be carried on a European scale », explains Julien Chiaroni, Director of the Grand Défi IA within the General Secretariat for Investment.

The consensus on the principles of responsible use of AI – such as transparency, fairness, privacy, trustworthiness and accountability – is quite evident. The challenge lies in the operational implementation of these principles. With our AI Trust Standard & Label, we have developed a practical approach from a German perspective and are looking forward not only to further developing it, but also to integrate it into French and, ultimately, European work. The potential for synergies is considerable,” adds Sebastian Hallensleben, Head of Digital Transformation and AI at VDE.

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