Exploration of privacy preserving deep learning framework for computer vision tasks

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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings of the 2022 ACMSE Conference - ACMSE 2022: The Annual ACM Southeast Conference



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Privacy-preserving visual recognition is an important area of research that is gaining momentum in the field of computer vision. In a production environment, it is critical to have neural network models learn continually from user data to provide personalized models. However, sharing raw user data with a server is less desirable from a regulatory, security and privacy perspective. Federated learning addresses the problem of privacy-preserving visual recognition. More specifically, we closely examine a framework known as Dual User Adaptation (DUA) presented by Lange et al. at CVPR 2020, due to its novel idea of bringing about user-Adaptation on both the server-side and user device side while maintaining user privacy. Data in the server and user device is predefined into a series of tasks prior to training and testing. However, since user data is constantly evolving, it's important to see how DUA performs on unseen data or tasks. A few implementations are also executed to see if the performance of the DUA model can be improved on unseen data. Through this research we show that retraining the classifier layer of the merged model (combination of importance weights from user data with server trained models) with all data categories greatly improves the performance for real-world implementation of DUA on unseen data by 2-3 times.


dual user adaptation (DUA), FedAvg, federated learning, FedProx, privacy-preserving


Computer Science