Paper accepted at ICMLA 2022

Our paper on one-shot federated learning has been accepted at ICMLA 2022.

One-Shot Federated Group Collaborative Filtering

Maksim E. Eren (UMBC/LANL), Manish Bhattarai (LANL), Nicholas Solovyev (LANL), Luke E. Richards (UMBC), Roberto Yus (UMBC), Charles Nicholas (UMBC), Boian S. Alexandrov (LANL)

Non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) with missing-value completion is a well-known effective Collaborative Filtering (CF) method used to provide personalized user recommendations. However, traditional CF relies on a privacy-invasive collection of user data to build a central recommender model. One-shot federated learning has recently emerged as a method to mitigate the privacy problem while addressing the traditional communication bottleneck of federated learning. In this paper, we present the first one-shot federated CF implementation, named One-FedCF, for groups of users or collaborating organizations. In our solution, the clients first apply local CF in-parallel to build distinct, client-specific recommenders. Then, the privacy-preserving local item patterns and biases from each client are shared with the processor to perform joint factorization in order to extract the global item patterns. Extracted patterns are then aggregated to each client to build the local models via knowledge distillation. In our experiments, we demonstrate the feasibility of our approach with two MovieLens datasets. One-FedCF can obtain results competitive with the state-of-the-art federated recommender systems at a substantial decrease in the number of communications.

Roberto Yus
Roberto Yus
Assistant Professor

My research interests include Data Management, Knowledge Representation, the Internet of Things, and Privacy.