The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is planning to set up an Institute of Artificial Intelligence Security at its Sankt Augustin and Ulm sites. This follows a decision taken by the DLR Senate on 3 December 2020.
“Artificial intelligence (AI) is considered to be a key technology for the future. However, the eventual introduction of AI-based technologies into the aeronautics and transport sectors will largely depend on whether they can be reliably proven to have the required level of security,” explains Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the DLR Executive Board. “With its interdisciplinary expertise and longstanding experience in AI research, DLR is ideally positioned to play a leading role in this field for Germany.”
The new institute, based in North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg, will combine DLR’s ongoing activities in security matters relating to AI. One of the institute’s key focus areas will be the development of methods and algorithms to enable AI to be used safely and reliably in the aeronautics, space, energy and transport sectors. Ethical, legal and societal issues will all have a significant role to play in this.
The decision to create the institute is subject to a ruling by the German Federal Parliament.