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Bayesian Inference with Certifiable Adversarial Robustness

Matthew Wicker · Luca Laurenti · Andrea Patane · Zhuotong Chen · Zheng Zhang · Marta Kwiatkowska

Keywords: [ Learning Theory and Statistics ] [ Bayesian Methods ]

Abstract: We consider adversarial training of deep neural networks through the lens of Bayesian learning and present a principled framework for adversarial training of Bayesian Neural Networks (BNNs) with certifiable guarantees. We rely on techniques from constraint relaxation of non-convex optimisation problems and modify the standard cross-entropy error model to enforce posterior robustness to worst-case perturbations in $\epsilon-$balls around input points. We illustrate how the resulting framework can be combined with methods commonly employed for approximate inference of BNNs. In an empirical investigation, we demonstrate that the presented approach enables training of certifiably robust models on MNIST, FashionMNIST, and CIFAR-10 and can also be beneficial for uncertainty calibration. Our method is the first to directly train certifiable BNNs, thus facilitating their deployment in safety-critical applications.

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