DE-CROP: Data-Efficient Certified Robustness for Pretrained Classifiers

Gaurav Kumar Nayak, Ruchit Rawal, Anirban Chakraborty; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2023, pp. 4622-4631


Certified defense using randomized smoothing is a popular technique to provide robustness guarantees for deep neural networks against l2 adversarial attacks. Existing works use this technique to provably secure a pretrained non-robust model by training a custom denoiser network on entire training data. However, access to the training set may be restricted to a handful of data samples due to constraints such as high transmission cost and the proprietary nature of the data. Thus, we formulate a novel problem of "how to certify the robustness of pretrained models using only a few training samples". We observe that training the custom denoiser directly using the existing techniques on limited samples yields poor certification. To overcome this, our proposed approach (DE-CROP) generates class-boundary and interpolated samples corresponding to each training sample, ensuring high diversity in the feature space of the pretrained classifier. We train the denoiser by maximizing the similarity between the denoised output of the generated sample and the original training sample in the classifier's logit space. We also perform distribution level matching using domain discriminator and maximum mean discrepancy that yields further benefit. In white box setup, we obtain significant improvements over the baseline on multiple benchmark datasets and also report similar performance under the challenging black box setup.

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@InProceedings{Nayak_2023_WACV, author = {Nayak, Gaurav Kumar and Rawal, Ruchit and Chakraborty, Anirban}, title = {DE-CROP: Data-Efficient Certified Robustness for Pretrained Classifiers}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2023}, pages = {4622-4631} }