Capitol Tech Professor Ron Martin Featured Speaker at International AI Conferences

Ron Martin, Professor of Practice at Capitol Technology University, has been invited to speak at several upcoming international conferences on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence operations across the globe. Dr. Martin specializes in Critical Infrastructure, Industrial Control System Security, Identity, Credential, and Access Management, and educates the next generation of innovators for impactful careers in critical technology sectors.

At each conference, Dr. Martin will be discussing AI through the lens of the U.S. Federal Government, citing key references from Executive Order 14110: The Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Roadmap for AI, CISA Secure by Design, NIST Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework, and Government Accountability Office documents.

As part of his lectures, Dr. Martin indicates that in October 2023, the U.S. Federal Government outlined an approach to implementing AI in Executive Order (EO) 14110, which aims to ensure the safe, secure, and trustworthy development and use of artificial intelligence. This executive order mandates the Executive Branch to complete 100 actions in 270 days. On November 17, 2023, the Congressional Reference Service (CRS) issued a report summarizing the EO to the U.S. Congress. Ten days later, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), released the “Guidelines for secure AI system development.” This publication provides four key areas of focus: Secure Design, Development, Deployment, Operations, and Maintenance.

The schedule of conference events includes:

Dr. Martin’s next appearance will be on July 17, where he will be a featured speaker for the virtual Technology Advancement Center (TAC) Talks Cyber Scholar Series, exploring how the executive order will affect different industries. TAC is a cybersecurity nonprofit organization fueling the people and technology needed to solve critical cybersecurity challenges. This conference attracts a diverse global audience of AI developers and engineers, technology executives and innovators, policymakers and government officials, legal and compliance professionals, academics and researchers in AI and ethics, and those interested in the future of AI and its societal impact.

In an event following on July 24-26, Dr. Martin will be speaking at the Sub-Saharan Africa Security Conference (SASCON) 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya, which is a crucial platform for collaboration and progress to discuss how Africa can better harness innovation for a tech-forward continent. As a former member of the ASIS International Standards & Guidelines Commission, Dr. Martin has participated in previous ASIS conferences, including last year’s ASIS International Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Conference in Abuja, Nigeria and the 2022 ASIS Africa Security Conference in Accra, Ghana. Through the efforts of ASIS and many organizations and institutions in promoting international collaboration, opportunities in equitable technology education are made possible.

Dr. Ron Martin is a Fulbright Scholar designated by the U.S. Department of State and actively involved in the community maintaining professional relationships with a diverse mix of organizations. The Fulbright award provides opportunities for researchers to advance the study of critical infrastructure and other important areas of technology education through project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe. It is awarded to highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals who can share their expertise with other institutions and strengthen their linkages, develop skills, gain experience abroad, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their home institutions. Additionally, Dr. Martin has been a featured speaker at many events throughout his career, presenting on the topics of leadership and government vs. private security.  

For more information about Capitol Technology University's Artificial Intelligence and Critical Infrastructure programs, visit our website.