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Systems Seminar - CSE

Agnostic, Post-Training Backdoor Defense for Deep Learning

George KesidisProfessor, Electrical Engineering and Computer SciencePennsylvania State University
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George Kesidis

We consider the problem of detecting and mitigating backdoors (Trojans) planted in deep neural network classifiers through poisoning of data used for training. We first describe two methods based on maximum classification margin to detect and mitigate backdoors. These unsupervised methods are agnostic to the backdoor pattern and backdoor mechanism, and the detection method does not rely on a small clean dataset. Variations of the detection method are described including for non-malicious bias. Finally, we will describe an agnostic method of reverse engineering (inversion) of backdoors. These methods are based on the analysis of embedded features (activation space) and are thus applicable to different application domains including non-classification problems. This work is in collaboration with David J. Miller, Zhen Xiang, Hang Wang, Xi Li.

Biography: George Kesidis received his MS (1990, neural networks and stochastic optimization) and PhD (1992, performance evaluation and networking) in EECS from UC Berkeley. Following eight years as a professor of ECE at the University of Waterloo, he has been a professor of EE and CSE at the Pennsylvania State University since 2000. In the past, his research has been supported by DARPA, DHS, ONR, AFOSR and over a dozen NSF grants, and eight research gifts from Cisco. His current research interests include cloud computing, caching, and secure and robust ML/AI with applications. In 2012, he co-founded a start-up in the AI/ML area..

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