COOL-MC: A Comprehensive Tool for Learning and Model Checking

Safety is a major issue of reinforcement learning (RL) in complex real-world scenarios. In recent years, formal verification has increasingly been used to provide rigorous safety guarantees for RL. However, until now, major technical obstacles for combining probabilistic model checking with, in particular deep RL, remain. Our easy-to-use tool-chain COOL-MC unifies the powerful toolset of model checking, interpretable machine learning, and deep RL. At the heart is a tight integration of learning and verification that involves, amongst others, (1) the incremental building of state spaces, (2) mapping of policies obtained from state-of-the-art deep RL to formal models, and (3) the use of features from interpretable and explainable machine learning such as decision trees and attention maps. We evaluate our tool-chain on multiple commonly used benchmarks and show that our tool can provide useful insights for RL engineers.

Authors: Dennis Gross, Nils Jansen, Sebastian Junges, and Guillermo A. Pérez


Workshop Presentation: RL-CONFORM_IROS2021

Robustness Verification for Classifier Ensembles

We give a formal verification procedure that decides whether a classifier ensemble is robust against arbitrary randomized attacks. Such attacks consist of a set of deterministic attacks and a distribution over this set. The robustness-checking problem consists of assessing, given a set of classifiers and a labelled data set, whether there exists a randomized attack that induces a certain expected loss against all classifiers. We show the NP-hardness of the problem and provide an upper bound on the number of attacks that is sufficient to form an optimal randomized attack. These results provide an effective way to reason about the robustness of a classifier ensemble. We provide SMT and MILP encodings to compute optimal randomized attacks or prove that there is no attack inducing a certain expected loss. In the latter case, the classifier ensemble is provably robust. Our prototype implementation verifies multiple neural-network ensembles trained for image-classification tasks. The experimental results using the MILP encoding are promising both in terms of scalability and the general applicability of our verification procedure.

Authors: Dennis Gross, Nils Jansen, Guillermo A. Pérez, Stephan Raaijmakers


Published: ATVA 2020 The 18ᵗʰ International Symposium on Automated Technology for Verification and Analysis

Adversarial Patch Camouflage against Aerial Detection

Detection of military assets on the ground can be performed by applying deep learning-based object detectors on drone surveillance footage. The traditional way of hiding military assets from sight is camouflage, for example by using camouflage nets. However, large assets like planes or vessels are difficult to conceal by means of traditional camouflage nets. An alternative type of camouflage is the direct misleading of automatic object detectors. Recently, it has been observed that small adversarial changes applied to images of the object can produce erroneous output by deep learning-based detectors. In particular, adversarial attacks have been successfully demonstrated to prohibit person detections in images, requiring a patch with a specific pattern held up in front of the person, thereby essentially camouflaging the person for the detector. Research into this type of patch attacks is still limited and several questions related to the optimal patch configuration remain open.
This work makes two contributions. First, we apply patch-based adversarial attacks for the use case of unmanned aerial surveillance, where the patch is laid on top of large military assets, camouflaging them from automatic detectors running over the imagery. The patch can prevent automatic detection of the whole object while only covering a small part of it. Second, we perform several experiments with different patch configurations, varying their size, position, number and saliency. Our results show that adversarial patch attacks form a realistic alternative to traditional camouflage activities, and should therefore be considered in the automated analysis of aerial surveillance imagery.

Authors: Ajaya Adhikari, Richard den Hollander, Ioannis Tolios, Michael van Bekkum, Anneloes Bal, Stijn Hendriks, Maarten Kruithof, Dennis Gross, Nils Jansen, Guillermo Pérez, Kit Buurman, Stephan Raaijmakers


Published: SPIE Security + Defence 2020 Digital Forum 21

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