Wireless Federated Learning with Local Differential Privacy

Mohamed Seif, Ravi Tandon, Ming Li

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In this paper, we study the problem of federated learning (FL) over a wireless channel, modeled by a Gaussian multiple access channel (MAC), subject to local differential privacy (LDP) constraints. We show that the superposition nature of the wireless channel provides a dual benefit of bandwidth efficient gradient aggregation, in conjunction with strong LDP guarantees for the users. We propose a private wireless gradient aggregation scheme, which shows that when aggregating gradients from K users, the privacy leakage per user scales as \mathcal{O}\left( {\frac{1}{{\sqrt K }}} \right) compared to orthogonal transmission in which the privacy leakage scales as a constant. We also present analysis for the convergence rate of the proposed private FL aggregation algorithm and study the tradeoffs between wireless resources, convergence, and privacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728164328
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2020 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2020Jul 26 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Conference2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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