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Selective Forgetting in Deep Neural Networks




MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Ramesh Raskar

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Apply by:

20 October 2020


Ayush Chopra, ayushc@mit.edu

Project Description

Context: Users voluntarily provide lot of personal data to online services, such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon, in exchange for services. There is growing regulatory focus (w/ GDPR) that users should be able to revoke access to their data if they no longer find the exchange of data for services worthwhile. Typically, this user data does not sit in databases, but is used to build predictive models such as deep neural networks. We intend to explore methods for selectively forgetting of a particular subset of the data used for training a deep neural network, without retraining from scratch. Setup: Input is a pre-trained model, say image classifier, and a subset of the train data which needs to be forgotten (called forget dataset). The task is to fine-tune the model so as to minimize performance on this forget data while also preserving performance on the rest of the training data (called retained dataset) Objective: Submit conference paper at a top tier ML/CV conference.


Required: Background in Programming, Math, Machine Learning Preferred: Background in Deep Learning, Computer Vision/NLP