A Rotation and a Translation Suffice: Fooling CNNs with Simple Transformations

Logan Engstrom, Brandon Tran, Dimitris Tsipras, Ludwig Schmidt, Aleksander Madry

Sep 27, 2018 ICLR 2019 Conference Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • Abstract: We show that simple spatial transformations, namely translations and rotations alone, suffice to fool neural networks on a significant fraction of their inputs in multiple image classification tasks. Our results are in sharp contrast to previous work in adversarial robustness that relied on more complicated optimization ap- proaches unlikely to appear outside a truly adversarial context. Moreover, the misclassifying rotations and translations are easy to find and require only a few black-box queries to the target model. Overall, our findings emphasize the need to design robust classifiers even for natural input transformations in benign settings.
  • Keywords: robustness, spatial transformations, invariance, rotations, data augmentation, robust optimization
  • TL;DR: We show that CNNs are not robust to simple rotations and translation and explore methods of improving this.
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