IEEE Standards Association Witnesses New Emerging Technologies in 2017

IEEE SAThe world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) are approaching the end of 2017 with an extraordinary level of activity worldwide in standards development, global partnerships and alliances. The IEEE-SA saw a number of records set in 2017 for new standards projects, approved standards, and new pre-standards initiatives.

Underscoring its mission to foster the development of industry-driven, open standards, the organization promoted 198 Project Authorization Request (PARs) to standards project status, surpassing the previous record set in 2016. It also approved 139 standards, surpassing its previous one-year record of 117 standards approvals, set in 2012.

Addressing challenges arising from emerging technologies and markets was an area of emphasis for IEEE in 2017. Questions encompassing privacy, security, and ethical design in AI, design engineering, robotics, and symbiotic autonomous systems dominated discussions at a global level. The Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems initiative saw tremendous activity throughout the year, culminating in the release of Version 2 of its Ethically Aligned Design Report on 12 December 2018.

Among IEEE-SA’s market-acceleration standardization initiatives is the Industry Connections (IC) program, which serves as an industry incubator for new specifications, and related products and services. In 2017, the IC program saw a 70% growth in the number of activities in the program; current initiatives address opportunities in 3D body processing; automotive; cybersecurity; blockchain applications; healthcare; Internet of Things (IoT); mixed reality; robotics; smart cities; and more.

IEEE-SA also continued to serve as a trusted consensus-builder among key constituencies such as corporations; policymakers; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and fellow standards development organizations (SDOs). Proactive outreach efforts resulted in an unprecedented number of new collaborations, alliances, and partnerships in Australia; China; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); India; Japan; and Latin America. Additionally, IEEE-SA maintained a meaningful presence at a rising number of professional conferences and technical events, including hosting the IEEE Tech for Humanity series at South by Southwest 2017 (SXSW) in Austin, TX; co-sponsoring the University of Southern California’s 11th annual global Body Computing Conference; and taking part in Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, as well as OSCON 2017. IEEE-SA made progress toward embracing open source activities and shared information about its plans in an open forum on 5 December 2017.