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AI Explorer: Trustworthiness in AI Systems

  • Date:
    Jun 15, 2022 - 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Introduction to Trustworthiness in Computing Systems:
Foundations for AI

: 15 June 2022
Time: 10:30 am - :11:45 am EST
Speaker: Tom McDermott

Abstract: General concepts of trust in AI and autonomous systems can be derived from engineering concepts of dependable and secure computing systems. In computing systems, trust is formally defined as the dependence of one system on another, and the acceptance that the other system is also dependable. [AviĹžienis, et al, 2004]. This dependence can be either human/machine or machine/machine. Resilience is related to trustworthiness as the ability of the system to withstand instability, unexpected conditions, and gracefully return to predictable, but possibly degraded, performance. This is a system-of-systems concern, and trust must be considered as both a characteristic of an individual system or subsystem and as relationships between the system and other systems including humans. In systems engineering, trust can be categorized into a set of dependability and security attributes: the ability of a system to avoid service failures and cover the interrelated foundational attributes of availability, reliability, safety, integrity, confidentiality, and maintainability. These attributes work together to ensure the system’s successful application, and demonstration of those attributes over time engenders trust. Thus, trust is a systems engineering concept. In this talk we will explore modeling trust as a set of system attributes. 

Tom McDermott is the Deputy Director and Chief Technology Officer of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. With the SERC he develops new research strategies and is leading research on digital transformation, education, security, and artificial intelligence applications. Mr. McDermott also teaches system architecture concepts, systems thinking and decision making, and engineering leadership. He is a lecturer for Stevens as well as Georgia Tech and Agnes Scott College, both in Atlanta, GA. He provides executive level consulting as a futurist and organizational strategy expert, applying systems approaches to enterprise planning. He currently serves on the INCOSE Board of Directors as Director of Strategic Integration. 

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