[hpc-announce] CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: "Collaborative Machine Learning across IoT, Edge, Fog and Cloud Devices for Improved Privacy and Resilience"

Holger Fröning holger.froening at ziti.uni-heidelberg.de
Mon Mar 14 07:01:10 CDT 2022

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                             CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS                             

                              Thematic Session on
    "Collaborative Machine Learning across IoT, Edge, Fog and Cloud Devices    
                     for Improved Privacy and Resilience"

                Part of HiPEAC Computer System Week Spring 2022, Tampere                
                    https://www.hipeac.net/csw/2022/tampere <https://www.hipeac.net/csw/2022/tampere>                   

                                April 27, 2022                                



Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) techniques progressed tremendously
in the last decade and are now well understood, and widely used, but generally 
as monoliths. Datasets are centralized prior to being used for training. 
Similarly, inference input data is gathered at the monolith entrance, and 
inference is generally performed at a single location. However, fundamentally, 
both training and inference processes can be divided over multiple devices and/
or locations. The resulting Collaborative ML/DL can provide significant 
benefits in terms of privacy (original data remains on the edge/IoT, no big 
dataset collections) and resilience (a loss of one or more device or location 
can be compensated for). At the same time, Collaborative ML/DL comes with many 
additional operational constraints in terms of device maintenance, orchestration
and ML-OPS, in particular due to sharding. Finally, it is unclear whether 
Collaborative ML/DL is an obstacle to or rather an enabler of scaling. Impacts 
on energy efficiency are also to be assessed, as collaboration certainly induces 
extra costs, but also opens room for data-movement optimizations.

This special session intends to gather current and possible future Collaborative
ML/DL practitioners, to share opinions on the viability of the approach, on the 
benefits to be claimed in practice, and on the biggest challenges faced in the 

One of the targeted objectives of the session to find answers to questions such 
- Is federated learning only good at preserving privacy? Or has it other 
  advantages that could outweigh the complexity of the distribution?
- Should ML/DL models be designed specifically for a collaborative environment? 
- How much compute time and energy can be saved through early exiting?
- How to leverage Collaborative ML/DL (or Federated Learning) for best resilience?
- Considering a possible vast amount of IoT devices, how to maintain efficiency 
  under scalability constraints?
- What are the most promising anticipated research directions?


For the thematic session at HiPEAC Computing System Week, we are seeking 
presentations on the following topics:
- Federated ML - distribution of training or inference over multiple items
- Edge/cloud inference division - early exit, optimization
- Model breakup due to IoT hardware limitations 
- Training/interference distribution costs modeling
- ML-ops in collaborative environments
- Collaborative machine learning at large - performing ML over multiple-locations

In order to perform a selection, interested contributors must submit either
- A one-page extended abstract detailing a research contribution
- A position paper of up to two pages describing how Collaborative ML is seen as
  a challenge or an opportunity

Please send contributions in the form of plain text or pdf via email to the 
organizers of the thematic session. Submissions will be reviewed by the TPC of 
the thematic session, and accepted contributions will be given the opportunity 
to present the proposed content during the thematic session. Furthermore, the 
organizers plan to summarize the insights and outcome of this session in the 
form of a joint position paper.

Given the short timeframe, anyone considering to contribute or attend the 
session is strongly encouraged to contact us (co-organizers below) by email so 
that we can orient him/her.


Submission deadline: March 24, 2022
Notification: April 1, 2022
Thematic session: April 27, 2022


- Jean-Frédéric Wagen (HES-SO, Switzerland)
- Antonio di Maio (University of Bern, Switzerland)
- Gregor Schiele (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
- Michaela Blott (XILINX/AMD, Ireland)
- Laurent Lefevre (ENS-Lyon, France)
- Hari Subramoni (Ohio State University, US)
- Denis Trystram (LIG Grenoble, France)
- Madeleine Glick (Columbia University, US)


- Sébastien Rumley, iCoSys institute, HES-SO, Switzerland 
  (sebastien.rumley at hefr.ch <mailto:sebastien.rumley at hefr.ch>)
- Holger Fröning, Heidelberg University, Germany 
  (holger.froening at ziti.uni-heidelberg.de <mailto:holger.froening at ziti.uni-heidelberg.de>) 

https://www.hipeac.net/csw/2022/tampere/#/program/sessions/7974/ <https://www.hipeac.net/csw/2022/tampere/#/program/sessions/7974/> 

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