Sophia Antipolis, 13 April 2017

ETSI today announced the elections of the chair and vice chair of the new ETSI Industry Specification Group on Experiential Networked Intelligence (ISG ENI).

This election took place during their kick off meeting on 10 April. The purpose of the group is to define a Context Aware System using Artificial Intelligence (AI) based on the “observe-orient-decide-act” control model. This enables the system to adjust offered services based on changes in user needs, environmental conditions and business goals.

Dr. Raymond Forbes of Huawei Technologies UK was elected as chairman and Ms. Haining Wang, of China Telecom, was elected as vice-chair.

Dr. Raymond Forbes explained: "The purpose of the group is to improve operators' experience regarding network deployment and operation, by using AI techniques".

Ms. Haining Wang emphasized that: "By introducing technologies such as SDN, NFV or network slicing, the network becomes more flexible and powerful. Nevertheless, the complexity of the future network is not reduced, but transferred from hardware to software, from the network itself to management and operation, from equipment to people. Experiential Networked Intelligence is expected to help operators to solve these problems".

Already 10 companies and organizations participated in this first meeting and defined the schedule to collect essential use cases and requirements, and carry out analyses of the potential gaps in the next 8 months.

The ETSI Industry Specification Group has resolved to work with major standards developing organizations such as ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC, ETSI NGP, IETF, MEF, 3GPP and BBF. New members are invited to join the group and participate in future meetings and standardization work.

The full list of organizations supporting ISG ENI can be found on the ETSI Portal.