All seminars will take place on Fridays at 11 a.m. in DBH 6011. Check seminar details below.
October 29, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm
Neural Networks with Provable Robustness Guarantees
Neural networks have become a crucial element in modern artificial intelligence. However, they are often black-boxes and can sometimes behave unpredictably and produce surprisingly wrong results. When applying neural networks to mission-critical systems such as autonomous driving and aircraft control, it is often desirable to formally verify their trustworthiness such as safety and robustness. Unfortunately, the complexity of neural networks has made the task of formally verifying their properties very challenging. To tackle this challenge, we first propose an efficient verification algorithm based on linear relaxations of neural networks, which produces guaranteed output bounds given bounded input perturbations. The algorithm propagates linear inequalities through the network efficiently in a backward manner and can be applied to arbitrary network architectures using our auto_LiRPA library. To reduce relaxation errors, we further develop an efficient optimization procedure that can tighten verification bounds rapidly on GPUs. Lastly, I discuss how to further empower the verifier with branch and bound by incorporating the additional branching constraints into the bound propagation procedure. The combination of these advanced neural network verification techniques leads to α,β-CROWN (alpha-beta-CROWN), a scalable, powerful and GPU-based neural network verifier that won the 2nd International Verification of Neural Networks Competition (VNN-COMP’21) with the highest total score.
Kaidi Xu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Drexel University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Northeastern University in 2021. Kaidi's primary research interest is the robustness of machine learning, including physical adversarial attacks and rigorous robustness verification. Kaidi has published in various top international conferences and his work 'Adversarial T-shirt' has received more than 200 media coverage. Kaidi with his team is also the global winner of the 2nd International Verification of Neural Networks Competition.