Marina Zhang

Marina  Zhang
MIT Quest for Intelligence | Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Luca Daniel
Department: EECS
Years: 2020-2021
Research Project Title:

Building Robust Neural Architectures to Defend against Adversarial Attacks

abstract:Despite the successes of deep learning, recent work in adversarial attacks have demonstrated the vulnerability of deep neural networks and the limited robustness guarantees of such systems. Neural networks often play a central role in critical applications including autonomous vehicles, healthcare, and fraud detection, where networks susceptible to adversarial attacks could make decisions that ultimately result in fatalities or discrimination. This project is focused on 1) designing novel neural network architectures that will offer better robustness guarantees and 2) to develop a methodology for finding robust architectures, with the goal of improving the security and trustworthiness of state-of-the-art models.

I am participating in SuperUROP because I wish to gain research experience and be able to apply my previous experience in CS & mathematics to a longer-term project. I've taken ML courses at MIT and interned on the security & anti-abuse research team at Google, so I'm extremely excited to expand on that knowledge and be a part of the lab.