Trustworthy Machine Learning: Robustness, Privacy, Generalization, and their Interconnections

Seminar Series on Security & Privacy in Machine Learning (SPML)
Jun 14, 2022, 1:00 pm2:00 pm
Event Description

Speaker: Bo Li
Title:  Trustworthy Machine Learning: Robustness, Privacy, Generalization, and their Interconnections
Day:  June 14, 2022
Time:  1:00 pm
Room:  Zoom Only
Host:  Vikash Sehwag & Prateek Mittal


Abstract: Advances in machine learning have led to the rapid and widespread deployment of learning based methods in safety-critical applications, such as autonomous driving and medical healthcare. Standard machine learning systems, however, assume that training and test data follow the same, or similar, distributions, without explicitly considering active adversaries manipulating either distribution. For instance, recent work has demonstrated that motivated adversaries can circumvent anomaly detection or other machine learning models at test-time through evasion attacks, or can inject well-crafted malicious instances into training data to induce errors during inference through poisoning attacks. Such distribution shift could also lead to other trustworthiness issues such as generalization. In this talk, I will describe different perspectives of trustworthy machine learning, such as robustness, privacy, generalization, and their underlying interconnections. I will focus on a certifiably robust learning approach based on statistical learning with logical reasoning as an example, and then discuss the principles towards designing and developing practical trustworthy machine learning systems with guarantees, by considering these trustworthiness perspectives in a holistic view.

Bio: Dr. Bo Li is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She is the recipient of the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER Award, IJCAI Computer and Thought Award, Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, C.W. Gear Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Intel Rising Star award, Symantec Research Labs Fellowship, Rising Star Award, Research Awards from Tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Intel, and IBM, and best paper awards at several top machine learning and security conferences. Her research focuses on both theoretical and practical aspects of trustworthy machine learning, security, machine learning, privacy, and game theory. She has designed several scalable frameworks for trustworthy machine learning and privacy-preserving data publishing systems. Her work has been featured by major publications and media outlets such as Nature, Wired, Fortune, and New York Times.

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