Get started on your winning submission: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with its Committee on Education (CoE), has announced its 14th annual paper competition, with submissions to reflect the 2024 theme: What Role Do or Could Standards Play in Safe and Effective Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Applications/Systems? The competition is part of a long-term effort to spread awareness among postsecondary students of the strategic significance of standards and conformance.
About the 2024 Theme
Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, with applications and systems revolutionizing a number of major sectors, including entertainment, manufacturing, media, healthcare, and finance, among other areas. The rapid rate of transformative AI has prompted research into the effects of AI, as well as the information of advisory and review panels around the world, as an attempt to understand and protect against any negative societal impact—with safety, cybersecurity, bias, and workforce risks among them.
Thus far, there has not been an initiative to provide a comprehensive landscape of how various sectors are currently implementing the technology, the short-term positive and negative societal impacts, and how to best capture benefits and mitigate risks to users and society at large.
The ANSI 2024 student paper competition invites authors to choose an industry sector and
explore the ways in which AI standards play a role in achieving a positive impact—or could do so in the future. As the aim of the competition is to highlight the power of standards as a tool to continue the use of AI to achieve a positive impact, papers should identify a relevant standard or multiple standards and discuss how it/they can contribute to strategies and solutions for AI. See more details in the competition flyer.
The paper competition is open to students enrolled full- or part-time in associate, undergraduate, or graduate programs during the period of September 2023 to June 2024 in U.S. higher education institutions.
All entries must meet requirements and will be reviewed by experts in the standards community, including experts in government, industry, professional societies, and academic institutions. Winning papers will be published on ANSI.org and potentially in other media outlets. A cash prize of $2,000 will be given to the first-place winner; a cash prize of $1,000 will be given to the second-place winner. ANSI reserves the right to award no prizes based on the determination of the judges. All entries will receive a certificate from ANSI recognizing the submission of the paper.
Resources for Research
ANSI has developed a list of suggested resources for research and references:
About the ANSI Committee on Education
The ANSI Committee on Education oversees all Institute initiatives related to standards and conformity assessment education and outreach, fulfills the objectives of the United States Standards Strategy (USSS), and responds to other issues that may be delegated by the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, or the National Policy Advisory Group.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations.
The Institute represents and serves the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For more information, visit www.ansi.org.