MSc Thesis Defense Announcement of Mehrdad Sheikhjaberi: "Reducing Model Memorization to Mitigate Membership Inference Attacks"

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 10:30 to 12:00


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MSc Thesis Defense by: Mehrdad Sheikhjaberi

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Time:  10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Location: ED 1121 (Education bldg.)
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Given a machine learning model and a record, membership inference attacks determine whether this record was used as part of the model’s training dataset. This can raise privacy issues.
There is a desideratum to providing robust mitigation techniques against this attack that will not affect utility. One of the state-of-the-art frameworks in this area is SELENA, which has two phases: Split-AI and Distillation to train a protected model, which by giving non-members behavior to members tries to mitigate membership inference attacks.
In this thesis, we introduce a novel approach to the Split-AI phase, which tries to weaken the membership inference by using the Jacobian matrix norm and entropy. We experimentally demonstrate that by using our approach, we can decrease the memorization of the machine-learning model for two datasets: Purchase100 and CIFAR-10. We experimentally also show that our approach outperforms SELENA by  11.98% and 6.44%  in terms of attack recall for Purchase100 and CIFAR-10, respectively.
Keywords: Machine Learning, Membership Inference Attack, privacy-preserving machine learning, Knowledge Transfer, Jacobian Matrix, Entropy

MSc Thesis Committee:

Internal Reader: Dr. Mahdi Firoozjaei    
External Reader: Dr. Mohamed Belalia  
Advisor: Dr. Dima Alhadidi
Chair:    Dr. Sherif Saad Ahmed

MSc Thesis Defense Announcement

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