AI Policy, Standards and Metrics for Automated Driving Safety

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In co-location with the 6th meeting of the Focus Group on for Autonomous and Assisted Driving (FG‑AI4AD), this AI for Good Webinar will focus upon recent policy announcements applicable to automated driving safety. The webinar will discuss a recent proposal from the European Commission to set up the first-ever legal framework on AI and possible impacts on the automotive sector, which plans to take advantage of AI systems. The event will be an occasion to also review the latest updates from various SDOs in relation to their activities to set up standards and metrics related to automated driving safety.

Session 1 will focus on the new policy activities, in particular a review of the European Commission’s proposal for the first ever legal framework on AI, covering:

  • the definition of “high-risk” AI systems that pose significant risks to the health and safety or fundamental rights of persons;
  • the set of horizontal mandatory requirements for trustworthy AI and follow conformity assessment procedures before those systems can be placed on the Union market; 
  • what these requirements mean for the regulation of AI use in autonomous and assisted driving.

Session 2 will review the latest updates in standards and metrics related to automated driving safety, including updates on:

  • the SAE AVSC’s latest guidance on Metrics and Methods for Assessing Safety Performance of Automated Driving Systems (ADS);
  • V2X safety communications including ETSI’s Collective Perception Service and the Car 2 Car Communication Consortium’s latest study on object representation for accuracy and confidence as well as passive and active VRU awareness.

Target Audience

FG-AI4AD is free and open to all; developers, OEMs, researchers, academics as well as private sector and governments. Individuals who are members of international, regional and national organisations are welcome to join alongside ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academic Institutions and to any individual from an ITU member country.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
    International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
    Chaesub Lee was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan, Republic of Korea, and re-elected to this post for a second four-year term at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dr Lee has contributed ICT standardization for over 30 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing. He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years. Most recently he worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP). Within ITU Dr Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Focus Group on Next-Generation Networks (NGN) to address the growing need for international standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture, mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU Focus Group on IPTV which worked to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards. He acted as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future networks and cloud) from 2001 until 2008, becoming Chairman of that group in 2009. ITU-T Study Group 13 develops standards for NGN, future networks, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile telecommunications, to ensure their smooth international deployment.
    Founder; Director & CSO, Roborace
    Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA)
    Bryn Balcombe is a Founder of the Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA) and the Chief Strategy Officer for Roborace, a motorsport competition for human and AI drivers, designed to accelerate the research and development of Vehicle Intelligence and human machine interfaces required for transportation of the future. His previous experience comes from Formula One where he architected and patented vehicle to infrastructure communication systems and developed the F1 Group’s first global media network. He has also consulted on technology strategy for organisations including the BBC and McCann Worldgroup and has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering & Vehicle Design. Balcombe is the chairman of ITU-T Focus Group on AI for Autonomous and Assisted Driving (FG-AI4AD).
    Director of the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC)
    SAE Industry Technologies Consortia
    Amy Chu is currently the Director of the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC), a program of SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC®).  In this role, she leads a group of industry member companies focused on refining and sharing safety principles for SAE Level 4 and 5 automated driving systems. Amy has devoted nearly 20 years to the automotive industry, previously at HARMAN International where she stood up the automotive cybersecurity engineering center of excellence.  She has vast program management and product delivery experience and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.
    Master Expert Regulation Certification Standards ​
    Kai is one of the 30 Master Experts of Stellantis. He is responsible for Regulation Certification and Standards. Since its creation in 2016, he has been the industry spokesman of the UN Task Force on Cybersecurity and Software Updates. He joined Groupe PSA in 2001 ​and has been working in the field of vehicle regulation and certification since 2005. In 2007, he became the spokesman of the International Organisation of Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) inside the GRRF Expert Group for Brakes and Running Gear (Active Safety) of UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. He is currently the chairman of the OICA Technical Committee.​​
    Smart Mobility Advisor
    European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA)
    Marta Marazzi is a Smart Mobility Advisor at ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. She leads the ACEA Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI), supporting member companies develop the industry position on AI, and coordinates its advocacy. In this role, she can investigate how laws and regulations are changing to address new technological disruptions. She also works on EU legislative and comitology regulatory developments impacting Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM). Prior, Marta worked at the Volkswagen EU Group Representation in Brussels as a trainee, supporting the implementation of public affairs strategies and stakeholder relations management. She followed several legislative EU files affecting industry, from Digital Policy to Environmental, Trade and Industrial Policy. Marta holds a double Masters in International and European Politics and Economics (MSc) from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan and the Martin Luther Universität, Halle-Wittenberg. She complemented a Bachelor in European languages and cultures. She is fluent in German, Russian, French, English and Italian.
    Director of AI research
    Volkswagen Group
    Patrick van der Smagt is director of AI research at Volkswagen Group, and leads its Machine Learning Research Lab in Munich ( The lab focuses on probabilistic deep learning for time series modelling, optimal control, robotics, and quantum machine learning. He is also a faculty member of the LMU Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences and research professor at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest. He is the founding head of a European industry initiative on certification of ethics in AI applications (etami) and member of the AI Council of the State of Bavaria. Patrick previously directed a lab as professor for machine learning and biomimetic robotics at the Technical University of Munich, while leading the machine learning group at the research institute fortiss. he founded and headed the Assistive Robotics and Bionics Lab at the DLR Oberpfaffenhofen. Ages ago he did his PhD and MSc at Amsterdam’s universities on neural networks in robotics and vision. Besides publishing numerous papers and patents on machine learning, robotics, and motor control, he has won a number of awards, including the 2013 Helmholtz-Association Erwin Schrödinger Award, the 2014 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award, the 2013 Harvard Medical School/MGH Martin Research Prize, and best-paper awards at machine learning and robotics conferences and journals. He was founding chairman of a non-for-profit organisation for Assistive Robotics for tetraplegics and co-founder of various tech companies.
    Legal and Policy Officer
    European Commission
    Tatjana Evas is a Legal and Policy Officer at the European Commission DG Connect. Her current work at the Commission focuses on the regulatory framework for artificial intelligence and the Coordinated Plan on AI, with a particular focus on the mobility sector. Before joining Commission Tatjana was Policy Analyst in the European Parliamentary Research Service, where, among other things, she scientifically coordinated European Parliament’s public consultation on Robotics and AI (2017), published European Added Value Assessments on Liability of Autonomous Vehicles (2018), on European framework on ethical aspects of AI, robotics and related technologies (2020) and civil liability regime for AI (2020), as well as a Cost of Non-Europe Study on AI in Transport (2020). Prior to joining European public service, Tatjana hold various research and academic positions including at the Columbia Law School, Riga Graduate School of Law, Tallinn University of Technology, Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies, Bremen and European University Institute, Florence. She holds PhD in European Union Law from Bremen University, Germany.
    Legal and Policy Officer
    European Commission
    As officer of the European Commission since August 2017, Gabriele has focused on legal and policy questions raised by new technologies. In that role, he contributed to shaping and implementing the policy and regulatory initiatives of the European Commission on Artificial Intelligence since its inception with the adoption of the Communication on Artificial Intelligence for Europe in April 2018. He co-authored the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (February 2020), which was followed by an extensive public consultation of citizens and stakeholders within the EU and internationally. Most recently, he designed and co-drafted the proposal for the Artificial Intelligence Act (April 2021). As European Union officer, he also served in the European Parliament, Legal Service (2004-2009) and the Court of Justice (2001-2003). Between 2009 and 2017 Gabriele lived in the United States. He worked for five years at the Millennium Villages Project, an international development initiative across several sub-Saharan countries founded and directed by Columbia University economist and senior United Nations advisor Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and he collaborated with early stage start-ups in the field of emergency communications and energy in New York City. He holds a LLM from Harvard Law School, a PhD in Italian and Comparative Criminal Law from the University of Pavia and a Law Degree from the Catholic University in Milan. He is qualified to practice law in Italy and New York.
    Policy and Legal Officer
    European Commission
    Salvatore Scalzo graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in "European Studies" (with a Law track) at La Sapienza" University in Rome and with a research-oriented Master Programme “Analysing Europe” at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. He has been working for about ten years in the European Commission. He is currently a policy and legal officer in the AI Unit of DG CNECT working on the new legal framework on AI. Before joining DG CNECT, he had a six-year experience in the medical device Unit of DG GROW where he dealt with the negotiations of the new Regulations on medical devices and the medical software dossier.
    General Manager
    Car-2-Car Communication Consortium
    Mr Niels Peter Skov Andersen is General Manager for the Car-2-Car Communication Consortium and has more than 25 years background in standardization. He is currently the chairman of ETSI TC ITS and has been an active industry expert in the EU C-ITS Deployment platform and EU CCAM platform. Before joining the Car-2-Car Communication Consortium Niels Peter Skov Andersen has long experience in taking new technologies through standardization to operational systems, as well as global coordination of standards. He was an industry participant in standardization of GSM phase 1, part of ETSI project team responsible for GSM phase 2, Chairing the ETSI SMG2 – ETSI’s lead GSM radio group - through the elaboration of GPRS, EDGE and 3G. When the successful global partnership project 3GPP for mobile standardization between ARIB, TTC, TTA, ATIS, CCSA and ETSI was created, Niels Peter Skov Andersen was elected the first chairman of the main plenary - TSG SA a position he held for 6 years. In addition, when the remaining GSM work was transferred to 3GPP, he in addition was elected chairman for the TSG GERAN the group responsible for maintenance and evolution of the GSM based radio network. In addition to this he has been a member of the ETSI Board in the period 2005-2020 and also for a period of 3 years been member of the Board of directors the Open Mobile Alliance. In parallel to his standards engagement Mr Niels Peter Andersen, before joining the Car-2-Car Communication Consortium has held senior position within the Mobile Industry, latest as Vice President of Standards and Technology Strategy at BlackBerry. Before that he was Vice President of Standards at Qualcomm and in the past had senior positions at Motorola and Tele Denmark Mobile (now TDC).


02 Jun 2021


CEST, Geneva
13:00 - 16:00


Smart mobility