AI Meets Security Symposium '19       


AI Meets Security Symposium '19 - overview

The AI Meets Security Symposium '19 is being held in conjunction with the IBM Research AI Week at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab in September 2019.



As cyber security threats to enterprises and the cloud continue to become more sophisticated, stealthy, and devastating—some of which even weaponize AI technologies—, security operations teams struggle to keep up with detecting, managing, and countering cyber attacks, as well as proactively deploying protective measures. The security industry and practitioners are experimenting with AI and machine learning technologies in different areas of security operations, including the identification of security relevant (mis)behaviors and malware, extraction and consolidation of threat intelligence, reasoning over security alerts, and recommendation of countermeasures and/or protective measures.

At the same time, adversarial attacks on machine learning systems have become an indisputable threat. Attackers can compromise the training of machine learning models by injecting malicious data into the training set (so-called poisoning attacks), or by crafting adversarial samples that exploit the blind spots of Machine Learning models at test time (so-called evasion attacks). Adversarial attacks have been demonstrated in a number of different application domains, including malware detection, spam filtering, visual recognition, speech-to-text conversion, and natural language understanding. Devising comprehensive defenses against poisoning and evasion attacks by adaptive adversaries is still an open challenge. Thus, gaining a better understanding of the threat by adversarial attacks and developing more effective defense systems and methods is paramount for the adoption of Machine Learning systems in security-critical real-world applications.


Steering Committee:

  • Ian Molloy (IBM Research)
  • JR Rao (IBM Research)
  • Mathieu Sinn (IBM Research)
  • Marc Ph. Stoecklin (IBM Research)



8:45am–9:00am Welcome
9:00am–9:55am Alexandre Rebert (ForAllSecure): The World’s First All-Machine Hacking Competition
9:55am–10:00am Break
10:10am–11:05am Tudor Dumitraș (University of Maryland College Park): Research Challenges for the Security of Machine Learning
11:05am–12:00pm Venkat Venkatakrishnan (University of Chicago): Intrusion Detection & Attack Scenario Reconstruction using Information Flow Analysis on Provenance Graphs
12:00pm–1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm–1:55pm Aleksander Madry (MIT): Data Poisoning: A Representational Perspective
1:55pm–2:50pm Nicolas Papernot (University of Toronto): A Marauder's Map of Security and Privacy in Machine Learning
2:50pm–3:45pm Zico Kolter (Cargegie Mellon University): Provably robust deep learning: methods and challenges
3:45pm–4:00pm Break
4:00pm–5:00pm Mathieu Sinn and Beat Buesser (IBM): Tutorial on the IBM Adversarial Robustness 360 Toolbox



Stratton Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139

Important information

Date/time: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Registration Link: Register via Eventbrite

List of Speakers: Tudor Dumitraș, Zico Kolter, Aleksander Madry, Nicolas Papernot, Alexandre Rebert, Venkat Venkatakrishnan

AI Meets Security Symposium 2019