Ray Walshe


Head of Standards IoT & Digital Twin ISO/IEC/JTC 1

Ray is an internationally recognised ICT Standardisation Expert and Senior Researcher in the ADAPT Research Centre in Dublin City University (DCU), IRELAND. He began his career in industry as a software engineer, software consultant and project manager with LM Ericsson, Software and Systems Engineering Limited and Siemens. Joining the School of Computing DCU in 1995 he delivers AI, IoT and Data Governance modules on Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD Programmes and is current (2021) Chair of the Graduate Diploma in Web Technologies. Ray is Chair of Big Data Value Association Standards Task Force, Chair of Network Development @ Gender Responsive Standards at the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe, Chair of the External Advisory Board of StandICT.eu, Chair of the External Advisory Board of HSBooster.eu, Chair of the Foresight Committee for EUOS, Research Partner in StandICT2023.eu, HSBooster.eu and ADRA-e.eu and Lead PI on ELITE-S Fellowship Programme for Emerging Technologies Standardization (Elite-Fellowships.eu). Member of Strategic Advisory Group for CENCENELEC JTC21 on Artificial Intelligence, Convenor of the Working Group on IT Governance for ISO/IEC JTC12 SC40. Ray has been a Digital Leader with World Economic Forum since 2016 and was appointed to the IEEE European Public Policy Committee on ICT in 2019 as the AI WG Lead for IEEE EPPC. Ray was also appointed in 2020 to the OECD Network of Experts (ONE AI) and is currently (since 2021) the Director of the European Observatory for ICT Standards (EUOS). Appointed to the Board of the Big Data Value Association (2022), Appointed Vice President of the European Academy for Standardisation (2022)

 What to expect during the event

In recent years the European Commission has targeted standardisation of emerging technologies as a priority for the Digital Single Market and as a driver for Europe’s industrial competitiveness agenda in a global world, through the acceleration of the twin (green and digital) transition. One of the instruments used in the Horizon Europe programme of work is the CSA (Coordination and Support Action) which consisting primarily of accompanying measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness-raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies, including design studies for new infrastructure and may also include complementary activities of strategic planning, networking and coordination between programmes in different countries.
This talk introduces three of these CSAs which support 1) EU expert engagement in emerging technology standards, (StandICT.eu), 2) EU R&I innovation projects to identify new areas for standardisation (HSBooster.eu) and 3) AI Data and Robotics communities in ADR Landscape Mapping and coordinating trustworthy ADR development (ADR-e.eu).

EU Support Actions for Emerging Tech

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