Summary of research carried out
The aim of my work is to design privacy-friendly solutions for real-world applications by designing secure and efficient primitives via secure multiparty computation (MPC) [8, 2, 1]. MPC allows for n mutually distrusting parties to perform computations on their private inputs, such that no coalition of t parties, controlled by an adversary, can learn anything other than the output of the computation. The goal is to design secure protocols which are parameterized by the adversarial model, number of parties in the computation, corruption threshold, security guarantee, etc., to realize these applications. Further, it is also known that privacy-preserving variants are bound to incur additional overhead over the clear-text solutions in terms of communication as well as computation. Hence, the goal is to close this gap and build secure solutions for these real-world applications while keeping efficiency at the center stage. My recent research project focused on the well-motivated setting of MPC with a small population in the server-aided computation paradigm, which is widely being deployed by tech giants such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to provide machine learning as a service (MLaaS). The goal of the project was to design efficient Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning (PPML) framework in the 3-server and 4-server setting with the strongest security notion of guaranteed output delivery. Designing efficient and robust PPML solutions has become the cornerstone of research lately due to the privacy concerns it entails. For instance, in smart healthcare, wearable devices on patients help doctors to remotely monitor their health in real-time. However, since these devices are placed in people’s private space, the data generated may be sensitive and contain confidential information such as patient’s health data which an individual may be unwilling to share. This raises privacy concerns. Constant monitoring of such private data can result in inferring repetitive patterns and thereby unravel user behavior. Thus, applications that are highly reliant on the availability and accessibility to large amounts of data are at stake due to the vulnerabilities and attacks possible on personal and non-personal data privacy. This hinders collaboration among multiple devices for training ML models, which is otherwise desirable to obtain efficient models and achieve reasonable accuracy. Thus, PPML is an apt fit in such scenarios, which ensures that no information about the data-set is leaked during training, other than what is permissible by the algorithm. Likewise, no information about the query or the model is revealed during prediction. Thus, in this project, we worked towards designing a robust and efficient PPML framework via MPC for 3 and 4 servers in server-aided computation model. This work, SWIFT , is accepted at USENIX 2021, a top-tier conference (rank A*). While  provides primitives to enable neural network (NN) inference, its follow-up  enhances the framework to provide support for NN training by providing tools such as efficient mixed-world conversions to switch between different data representations. The protocols in  are also improved to provide better efficiency than the ones in . We consider training for deep NN such as LeNet  and VGG16  in , and this project is currently under submission. A preliminary variant of this project, MPCLeague , together with  has been accepted at the Distributed and Private Machine Learning workshop at ICLR 2021 (top-tier conference). MPCLeague was also accepted as a poster at IEEE S&P 2021.
Contributions to CNI
I have been actively helping out with organizing the CNI Networks Seminar Series which is a technical discussion forum in topics in and around computer networks, machine learning, information theory, to name a few. I am a student volunteer and some of my responsibilities have been in helping re-launch the seminar series, getting the set-up ready for the same, hosting the talks, identifying and inviting speakers for the seminar series, and following-up with them.
List of publications
- Nishat Koti and Mahak Pancholi and Arpita Patra and Ajith Suresh. “SWIFT: Super-fast and Robust Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning”. In USENIX 2021. https://eprint.iacr.org/2020/592.
- (Under submission). Nishat Koti and Rahul Rachuri and Arpita Patra and Ajith Suresh. “Tetrad: Actively Secure 4PC for Secure Training and Inference”. https://ia.cr/2021/755 Workshop
- Nishat Koti and Mahak Pancholi and Arpita Patra and Ajith Suresh. “SWIFT: Super-fast and Robust Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning”. In PPML Workshop NeurIPS 2020.
- Nishat Koti and Mahak Pancholi and Arpita Patra and Ajith Suresh. “SWIFT: Super-fast and Robust Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning”. In DPML Workshop ICLR 2021. https://dp-ml.github.io/2021-workshop-ICLR/ files/10.pdf.
- Nishat Koti and Arpita Patra and Ajith Suresh. “MPCLeague: Robust 4-party Computation for Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning”. In DPML Workshop ICLR 2021. https://dp-ml.github.io/2021-workshop-ICLR/ files/9.pdf. Poster
- Nishat Koti and Arpita Patra and Ajith Suresh. “MPCLeague: Robust 4-party Computation for Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning”. IEEE S&P 2021 (Poster).
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