401-4661-DRL  Robustness of Deep Neural Networks

SemesterAutumn Semester 2022
LecturersR. Alaifari
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
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401-4661-72 GRobustness of Deep Neural Networks2 hrs
Thu14:15-16:00RZ F 21 »
R. Alaifari
401-4661-72 ARobustness of Deep Neural Networks1 hrsR. Alaifari

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AbstractWhile deep neural networks have been very successfully employed in classification problems, their stability properties remain still unclear. In particular, the presence of adversarial examples has demonstrated that state-of-the-art networks are vulnerable to small perturbations in the data. This course serves as an introduction to adversarial attacks and defenses for deep neural nework algorithms.
Objective1. Theory: in this course, we will discuss the trade-off between accuracy and stability of classification algorithms and study the state-of-the-art for robust image classification, adversarial attacks and adversarial training.
2. Practice: students will train and attack deep neural networks themselves, to get a hands-on experience.
Prerequisites / NoticeCourses on linear algebra, optimization and machine learning. Basic programming skills in Python, and experience with PyTorch or TensorFlow.

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersR. Alaifari
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupDoctorate Mathematics (439002)
Doctorate Computational Science and Engineering (439102)

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