Privacy-preserving distributed transfer learning and its application in intelligent transportation

Zhi Li, Hao Wang, Guangquan Xu, Alireza Jolfaei, Xi Zheng, Chunhua Su, Wenying Zhang

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With the rapid development of intelligent transportation systems (ITS), more and more intelligent applications for ITS have received widespread attention, such as the vehicle detection, inference of typical routes, and traffic forecasting. In these applications, deep learning is widely used as a key artificial intelligence technology. However, most ITS providers fail to collect enough labeled traffic data for model training. As a complement to deep learning, transfer learning is an effective way to solve the scarcity of labeled data, which can transfer knowledge from labeled datasets to unlabeled datasets, thus improving the accuracy of prediction and classification. Nevertheless, when the labeled dataset and the unlabeled dataset are held by different entities, it is still unrealistic for two mutually distrustful entities to cooperate in transfer learning regarding data security and privacy preservation. Although some existing works provide privacy-preserving transfer learning methods, such methods fail to apply to traffic data with high sample dimensions due to their high computational cost and round complexity. To address this problem, we design an efficient privacy-preserving distributed transfer learning protocol, which is appropriate for traffic data. Compared to existing works, our protocol addresses the privacy-preserving problem of transfer learning for traffic data with high sample dimensions. In addition, our protocol has fewer interaction rounds and can be proved in the semi-honest model. Finally, we validate the effectiveness, efficiency and security of the proposed protocol via experiments. Furthermore, we show the application of the proposed protocol in intelligent transportation systems.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Oct 2022


  • Distributed databases
  • Electronic mail
  • intelligent transportation system
  • Privacy-preserving
  • Protocols
  • Roads
  • Security
  • Training
  • transfer component analysis
  • transfer learning
  • Transfer learning


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