Deep Learning at the Edge - 1st ALOHA Workshop on Deep Learning and Embedded Systems (Linz, Austria, February 7th)


The ALOHA consortium organizes its first workshop dedicated to topics covered in the project development, such as Deep learning, Embedded systems, Security of Deep learning architectures. Speakers from Italy, Switzerland and Austria will share their expert knowledge and provide information about ALOHA tool development. The event is organized and hosted by SCCH - Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH and will take place in Linz, Austria on February 7th, 2019.
The complete agenda of the event is available below.


15:00 - 15:10 Introduction

15:10 - 15:50 Deep Learning: Research & Applications

Bernhard Nessler, Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), Austria
Bernhard Moser, Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH), Austria

We give an overview of running and planned research projects at JKU and SCCH on deep learning with applications in various fields such as mobility, surveillance, industry and bioinformatics. In this context we illustrate potentials and challenges of emerging developments.

15:50 - 16:30 Cognitiveness at the edge: Platforms, Models, Tools -an insight into
the ALOHA project

Paolo Meloni, University of Cagliari (UniCa), Italy

We present challenges related with bringing cognitive intelligence to edge CPS devices, we discuss the state of the art, focusing on novel processing platforms and on utilities supporting designers and programmers. We also give an overview of the current status of the ALOHA H2020 research project, focusing on efficient and secure running of Deep Learning algorithms at the edge.

16:30 - 16:50 Coffe break

16:50 - 17:30 Bringing Deep Learning to the Edge

Francesco Conti, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland

Deep Learning and Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) have emerged in the last few years as the go-to algorithmic choice for any application that requires advanced artificial intelligence capability. The high workload and energy cost of DNNs, however, have so far hindered their application to devices such as IoT nodes and cyber-physical systems that have to operate under stringent constraints.
In this talk, we will focus on techniques that can be used to actually bring DNNs to the edge and to the real world for applications such as autonomous UAV guidance, using a combination of specialized hardware and controlled algorithmic approximations.

17:30 - 18:10 Evaluating Security of Deep Learning to Adversarial Examples

Maura Pintor, Pluribus One, Italy

Deep learning has obtained impressive results in many tasks, from computer vision to speech recognition, thanks to the increasing availability of data, hardware and software tools, raising the attention of the scientific and industrial communities, and of society at large. However, it has been shown that such systems can be misled by adversarial examples, i.e., opportunely-modified input data that cause these algorithms to fail their main task of understanding what the input represents. Depending on the application, the risk of an attack causing great damage can be high. In this talk, I will discuss some attack algorithms capable of generating adversarial examples, how to use them to evaluate the robustness of a deep network, and how such threats can be countered and mitigated, in the context of specific application examples. To this end, I will also show a concrete demonstration of the security evaluation tool that we developed in the context of the H2020 ALOHA project.

18:10 - 19:00 Poster Session


Further information

  • Detailed program and speakers' information (available in pdf)
  • The participation to this event is free
  • Place and date: 7th February, from 15:00 - 19:00, ibis Linz City, Kärntnerstraße 18-20, 4020 Linz
  • For more information and registration, please contact Natalia Shepeleva, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Giuseppe Desoli - STMicroelectronics

Scientific Coordinator
Paolo Meloni - University of Cagliari, EOLAB

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Francesca Palumbo - University of Sassari, IDEA Lab