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Reverse Engineering of Deception (RED): Foundations and Applications

Sijia Liu · Xiaoming Liu · Xue Lin

East 7


This tutorial will deliver a well-rounded understanding of the emerging field of reverse engineering of deception (RED) techniques, a cutting-edge topic in adversarial machine learning (ML) for reliable computer vision (CV). Past studies have extensively explored the generation, detection, and defense of machine-centric deception (e.g., adversarial attacks that deceive ML models) and human-centric deception (e.g., GAN-created images that mislead human decision-making) in CV. However, RED introduces a new adversarial learning paradigm that automatically uncovers and catalogs attack "fingerprints" found in both machine and human-centric attacks. The RED problem addressed in the tutorial is: Can we reverse-engineer the adversary's knowledge and attack toolchains beyond conventional adversarial detection/defense techniques? To this end, this tutorial will cover the following key aspects: (1) Review RED's definition and formulation, addressing basics and preliminaries. (2) Discuss the challenges and significance of RED, highlighting its connections and differences with conventional adversarial detection/defense techniques in ML. (3) Explore RED for machine-centric adversaries, reviewing recent RED developments on top of a variety of adversarial attacks. (4) Examine RED for human-centric adversaries, reviewing RED methods for the detection and model parsing of GAN-generated fake images. (5) Demonstrate and showcase RED applications in CV.

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