Windesheim University of Applied Sciences and the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) have announced a collaboration to develop an audit framework and procedures for an FRR certified quality mark for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics. The FRR Quality Mark intends to promote transparency and trust from the technology consumer and society.

In 2019 the FRR created a first version of the framework of general ethical principles that should be met when developing robotics products in a responsible way. The project has now entered a new phase, in which this framework is expanded with auditing questions and procedures. In this phase FRR will work closely with professors and students from Windesheim, who will lend their expertise in areas such as corporate reporting to the project.

“Our goal with the FRR Quality Mark project is to shape a culture of responsible development of AI and Robotics to promote the public good and a better life for us and generations to come”, says Aimee van Wynsberghe, co-director Foundation for Responsible Robotics.

“This new framework improves the quality of our lives when using (AI based) robots, and our cooperation is a great learning experience for our students involved, such as Gerhard van Dieren and Frederik Otten”, states Robert Willemse of Windesheim.

Windesheim and the FRR will also work together with various pilot partners in developing the audit framework and procedures. The pilot partners are companies and other developers of robots who are committed to ensuring that their products meet ethical principles such as privacy and sustainability. 

The Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) is a not-for-profit think tank with charitable status, located in The Hague, Netherlands. Their mission is to promote the responsible design, development and use of AI and Robotics. Contact person for the quality mark project: Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe ([email protected]).

Windesheim is one of the largest Dutch universities of applied sciences, known for its personal approach, high level of education, small classes and for working closely with the business community and public institutes. Contact person for the quality mark project: Robert Willemse ([email protected]).