Cross-Modal Adversarial Reprogramming

Paarth Neekhara, Shehzeen Hussain, Jinglong Du, Shlomo Dubnov, Farinaz Koushanfar, Julian McAuley; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2022, pp. 2427-2435


With the abundance of large-scale deep learning models, it has become possible to repurpose pre-trained networks for new tasks. Recent works on adversarial reprogramming have shown that it is possible to repurpose neural networks for alternate tasks without modifying the network architecture or parameters. However these works only consider original and target tasks within the same data domain. In this work, we broaden the scope of adversarial reprogramming beyond the data modality of the original task. We analyze the feasibility of adversarially repurposing image classification neural networks for Natural Language Processing (NLP) and other sequence classification tasks. We design an efficient adversarial program that maps a sequence of discrete tokens into an image which can be classified to the desired class by an image classification model. We demonstrate that by using highly efficient adversarial programs, we can reprogram image classifiers to achieve competitive performance on a variety of text and sequence classification benchmarks without retraining the network.

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@InProceedings{Neekhara_2022_WACV, author = {Neekhara, Paarth and Hussain, Shehzeen and Du, Jinglong and Dubnov, Shlomo and Koushanfar, Farinaz and McAuley, Julian}, title = {Cross-Modal Adversarial Reprogramming}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2022}, pages = {2427-2435} }