Reluplex: An Efficient SMT Solver for Verifying Deep Neural Networks

Reluplex: An Efficient SMT Solver for Verifying Deep Neural Networks” by Guy Katz, Clark Barrett, David L. Dill, Kyle Julian, and Mykel J. Kochenderfer. In Proceedings of the 29^th International Conference on Computer Aided Verification (CAV '17), (Rupak Majumdar and Viktor Kuncak, eds.), July 2017, pp. 97-117. Heidelberg, Germany.


Deep neural networks have emerged as a widely used and effective means for tackling complex, real-world problems. However, a major obstacle in applying them to safety-critical systems is the great difficulty in providing formal guarantees about their behavior. We present a novel, scalable, and efficient technique for verifying properties of deep neural networks (or providing counter-examples). The technique is based on the simplex method, extended to handle the non-convex Rectified Linear Unit (ReLU ) activation function, which is a crucial ingredient in many modern neural networks. The verification procedure tackles neural networks as a whole, without making any simplifying assumptions. We evaluated our technique on a prototype deep neural network implementation of the next-generation airborne collision avoidance system for unmanned aircraft (ACAS Xu). Results show that our technique can successfully prove properties of networks that are an order of magnitude larger than the largest networks verified using existing methods.

BibTeX entry:

   author = {Guy Katz and Clark Barrett and David L. Dill and Kyle Julian
	and Mykel J. Kochenderfer},
   editor = {Rupak Majumdar and Viktor Kuncak},
   title = {Reluplex: An Efficient {SMT} Solver for Verifying Deep Neural
   booktitle = {Proceedings of the {\it 29^{th}} International Conference
	on Computer Aided Verification (CAV '17)},
   series = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
   volume = {10426},
   number = {1},
   pages = {97--117},
   publisher = {Springer},
   month = jul,
   year = {2017},
   note = {Heidelberg, Germany},
   url = {}

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