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  • ECE Seminar: Safe Deep Learning in the Feedback Loop: A Robust Control Approach

    Mon, Mar 23, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Mahyar Fazlyab, Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept of ESE, University of Pennsylvania

    Talk Title: Safe Deep Learning in the Feedback Loop: A Robust Control Approach

    Abstract: Despite high-profile advances in various decision-making and classification tasks, Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) face several fundamental challenges that limit their adoption in physical or safety-critical domains. In particular, DNNs can be vulnerable to adversarial attacks and input perturbations. This issue becomes even more pressing when DNNs are used in closed-loop systems, where a small perturbation (caused by, for example, noisy measurements, uncertain initial conditions, or disturbances) can substantially impact the system being controlled. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to develop tools that can provide useful certificates of stability, safety, and robustness for DNN-driven systems.

    In this talk, I will present a new framework, rooted in convex optimization and robust control, for safety verification and robustness analysis of DNNs based on semidefinite programming. The main idea is to abstract the original, nonlinear, hard-to-analyze neural network by a Quadratically-Constrained Linear Network (QCLN), in which the nonlinear components (e.g., the activation functions) are described by the quadratic constraints that all their input-output instances satisfy. This abstraction allows us to analyze various properties of DNNs (safety, local and global robustness, etc.) using semidefinite programming.

    Biography: Mahyar Fazlyab received the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He earned a Master's degree in statistics and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Philadelphia, PA, USA, in 2018. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at UPenn. His research interests are at the intersection of optimization, control, and machine learning. His current work focuses on developing optimization-based methods for safety verification of learning-enabled control systems. Dr. Fazlyab won the Joseph and Rosaline Wolf Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2019, awarded by the ESE Department at UPenn.

    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic, mihailo@usc.edu, 213.740.4474

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/871407253

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/871407253

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mayumi Thrasher


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