Deadline for receipt of applications: June 14th, 2023 23:59 AoE (15 June 2023, 13:59h Europe/Madrid Time)
Distributed Machine Learning including, but not limited to the Federated Learning (FL) paradigm, is opening new possibilities for the training of large scale machine learning models using data held by different clients in a trustworthy, privacy-preserving manner. Of course, FL is not without its challenges, including practical scalability aspects, issues related to heterogeneity of processing and network capacities, economics and fairness aspects, as well as security and privacy threats from malicious clients and servers. The purpose of the PhD positions will be to tackle such challenges, investigate synergies with cloud and edge computing, as well as develop practical use-cases of distributed ML for concrete examples coming from finance, advertising, e-health, transportations, etc. The focus will be on algorithms and systems aspects of the proposed solutions and will also include practical demonstrators for real-world problems from the aforementioned domains.
Requirements (as many as possible):
– T. Chu, A. Garcia-Recuero, C. Iordanou, G. Smaragdakis, N. Laoutaris, “Securing Federated Sensitive Topic Classification against Poisoning Attacks,” NDSS’23. [pdf]
– N. Laoutaris, “Why Online Services Should Pay You for Your Data? The Arguments for a Human-Centric Data Economy,” IEEE Internet Computing, Vol. 23, No. 5, Dec. 2019. [pdf]
The selected student will be supervised by Dr. Nikolaos Laoutaris Director of IMDEA’s Data Transparency Group.
Equal Employment Opportunity
IMDEA Networks Institute aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Until a balanced ratio of men and women has been achieved at the institute, preference will be given to women if applicants have similar qualifications. IMDEA Networks Institute actively promotes diversity and equal opportunities. Applicants are not to be discriminated against in personnel selection procedures on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion or ideology, age, sexual orientation (anti-discrimination). People with disabilities who have the relevant qualifications are expressly invited to apply.