Institute of Information Science Academia Sinica
Topic: TIGP (SNHCC) – Machine Learning and Privacy
Speaker: Prof. Pei-Yuan Wu (Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, National Taiwan University )
Date: 2019-05-22 (Wed) 14:30 – 16:30
Location: Auditorium106 at IIS new Building
Host: TIGP SNHCC Program


Private and sensitive data are commonly being collected and analyzed in machine learning applications.  For instance, in biometric authentication, a user’s fingerprints, iris, or behavioral biometrics such as keystroke or mouse movements, are being collected for identity authentication, exempting the user’s burden of memorizing passwords or bringing smart cards.  However, the build-up of biometric authentication system requires collecting and analyzing bio-metrics from various users.  As a result, how to preserve privacy as well as preventing abusive usage of sensitive personal data, while at the same time enjoy the convenience and knowledge brought by deep learning, becomes an important issue. 

This talk aims to provide a broad overview over various security aspects in machine learning pipeline, including how security can be enhanced by applying machine learning to active authentication scheme, as well as security issues against attacks that use machine learning.  Threat models such as model inversion attacks, membership inference attacks, adversarial example generation, as well as remedies including differential privacy, cryptographic approaches, compressive privacy, as well as generative adversarial privacy, will be introduced.


Pei-Yuan Wu is an assistant professor at National Taiwan University since 2017. He was born in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1987. He received the B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 2009, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He joined Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company from 2015 to 2017. He was a recipient of the Gordon Y.S. Wu Fellowship in 2010, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at Princeton University in 2012. His research interest lies in artificial intelligence, signal processing, estimation and prediction, and cyber-physical system modeling.