263-2400-00L  Reliable and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

SemesterAutumn Semester 2022
LecturersM. Vechev
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractCreating reliable, secure, robust, and fair machine learning models is a core challenge in artificial intelligence and one of fundamental importance. The goal of the course is to teach both the mathematical foundations of this new and emerging area as well as to introduce students to the latest and most exciting research in the space.
ObjectiveUpon completion of the course, the students should have mastered the underlying methods and be able to apply them to a variety of engineering and research problems. To facilitate deeper understanding, the course includes a group coding project where students will build a system based on the learned material.
ContentThe course is split into 3 parts:

Robustness in Deep Learning
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- Adversarial attacks and defenses on deep learning models.
- Automated certification of deep learning models (covering the major trends: convex relaxations and branch-and-bound methods as well as randomized smoothing).
- Certified training of deep neural networks to satisfy given properties (combining symbolic and continuous methods).

Privacy of Machine Learning
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- Threat models (e.g., stealing data, poisoning, membership inference, etc.).
- Attacking federated machine learning (across modalities such as vision, natural language and tabular) .
- Differential privacy for defending machine learning.
- Enforcing regulations with guarantees (e.g., via provable data minimization).

Fairness of Machine Learning
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- Introduction to fairness (motivation, definitions).
- Enforcing individual fairness with guarantees (e.g., for both vision or tabular data).
- Enforcing group fairness with guarantees.

More information here: https://www.sri.inf.ethz.ch/teaching/rtai22.
Prerequisites / NoticeWhile not a formal requirement, the course assumes familiarity with basics of machine learning (especially linear algebra, gradient descent, and neural networks as well as basic probability theory). These topics are usually covered in “Intro to ML” classes at most institutions (e.g., “Introduction to Machine Learning” at ETH).

For solving assignments, some programming experience in Python is expected.
Fostered competenciesFostered competencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Problem-solvingassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed