Robust Network Architecture Search via Feature Distortion Restraining

Yaguan Qian, Shenghui Huang, Bin Wang, Xiang Ling, Xiaohui Guan, Zhaoquan Gu, Shaoning Zeng, Wujie Zhou, Haijiang Wang ;


"The vulnerability of DNNs severely limits the application of it in the security-sensitive domains. Most of the existing methods improve the robustness of models from weight optimization, such as adversarial training and regularization. However, the architecture is also a key factor to robustness, which is often neglected or underestimated. We propose Robust Network Architecture Search (RNAS) to obtain a robust network against adversarial attacks. We observe that an adversarial perturbation distorting the non-robust features in latent feature space can further aggravate misclassification. Based on this observation, we search the robust architecture through restricting feature distortion in the search process. Specifically, we define a network vulnerability metric based on feature distortion as a constraint in the search process. This process is modeled as a multi-objective bilevel optimization problem and an effective algorithm is proposed to solve this optimization. Extensive experiments conducted on CIFAR-10/100, SVHN and Tiny-ImageNet show that RNAS achieves the best robustness under various adversarial attacks compared with extensive baselines and state-of-the-art methods."

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