Certified Defense to Image Transformations via Randomized Smoothing

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 33 (NeurIPS 2020)

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Marc Fischer, Maximilian Baader, Martin Vechev


We extend randomized smoothing to cover parameterized transformations (e.g., rotations, translations) and certify robustness in the parameter space (e.g., rotation angle). This is particularly challenging as interpolation and rounding effects mean that image transformations do not compose, in turn preventing direct certification of the perturbed image (unlike certification with $\ell^p$ norms). We address this challenge by introducing three different defenses, each with a different guarantee (heuristic, distributional and individual) stemming from the method used to bound the interpolation error. Importantly, in the individual case, we show how to efficiently compute the inverse of an image transformation, enabling us to provide individual guarantees in the online setting. We provide an implementation of all methods at https://github.com/eth-sri/transformation-smoothing.