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Quantifying safety risks of deep neural networks

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/08/2023
<mark>Journal</mark>Complex &amp; Intelligent Systems
Issue number4
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)3801-3818
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date9/07/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Safety concerns on the deep neural networks (DNNs) have been raised when they are applied to critical sectors. In this paper, we define safety risks by requesting the alignment of network’s decision with human perception. To enable a general methodology for quantifying safety risks, we define a generic safety property and instantiate it to express various safety risks. For the quantification of risks, we take the maximum radius of safe norm balls, in which no safety risk exists. The computation of the maximum safe radius is reduced to the computation of their respective Lipschitz metrics—the quantities to be computed. In addition to the known adversarial example, reachability example, and invariant example, in this paper, we identify a new class of risk—uncertainty example—on which humans can tell easily, but the network is unsure. We develop an algorithm, inspired by derivative-free optimization techniques and accelerated by tensor-based parallelization on GPUs, to support an efficient computation of the metrics. We perform evaluations on several benchmark neural networks, including ACSC-Xu, MNIST, CIFAR-10, and ImageNet networks. The experiments show that our method can achieve competitive performance on safety quantification in terms of the tightness and the efficiency of computation. Importantly, as a generic approach, our method can work with a broad class of safety risks and without restrictions on the structure of neural networks.