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Continual Forgetting for Pre-trained Vision Models

Hongbo Zhao · Bolin Ni · Junsong Fan · Yuxi Wang · Yuntao Chen · Gaofeng Meng · Zhaoxiang Zhang

Arch 4A-E Poster #432
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Fri 21 Jun 5 p.m. PDT — 6:30 p.m. PDT


For privacy and security concerns, the need to erase unwanted information from pre-trained vision models is becoming evident nowadays. In real-world scenarios, erasure requests originate at any time from both users and model owners. These requests usually form a sequence. Therefore, under such a setting, selective information is expected to be continuously removed from a pre-trained model while maintaining the rest. We define this problem as continual forgetting and identify two key challenges. (i) For unwanted knowledge, efficient and effective deleting is crucial. (ii) For remaining knowledge, the impact brought by the forgetting procedure should be minimal. To address them, we propose Group Sparse LoRA (GS-LoRA). Specifically, towards (i), we use LoRA modules to fine-tune the FFN layers in Transformer blocks for each forgetting task independently, and towards (ii), a simple group sparse regularization is adopted, enabling automatic selection of specific LoRA groups and zeroing out the others. GS-LoRA is effective, parameter-efficient, data-efficient, and easy to implement. We conduct extensive experiments on both face recognition and object detection and demonstrate that GS-LoRA manages to forget specific classes with minimal impact on other classes. Codes will be available upon acceptance.

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