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Personalized Federated Learning with Moreau Envelopes
Canh T. Dinh · Nguyen H. Tran · Josh Nguyen

Wed Dec 09 09:00 AM -- 11:00 AM (PST) @ Poster Session 3 #1139

Federated learning (FL) is a decentralized and privacy-preserving machine learning technique in which a group of clients collaborate with a server to learn a global model without sharing clients' data. One challenge associated with FL is statistical diversity among clients, which restricts the global model from delivering good performance on each client's task. To address this, we propose an algorithm for personalized FL (pFedMe) using Moreau envelopes as clients' regularized loss functions, which help decouple personalized model optimization from the global model learning in a bi-level problem stylized for personalized FL. Theoretically, we show that pFedMe convergence rate is state-of-the-art: achieving quadratic speedup for strongly convex and sublinear speedup of order 2/3 for smooth nonconvex objectives. Experimentally, we verify that pFedMe excels at empirical performance compared with the vanilla FedAvg and Per-FedAvg, a meta-learning based personalized FL algorithm.

Author Information

Canh T. Dinh (The University of Sydney)
Nguyen H. Tran (The University of Sydney)

Nguyen H. Tran received BS and Ph.D degrees, from HCMC University of Technology and Kyung Hee University, in electrical and computer engineering, in 2005 and 2011, respectively. He was an Assistant Professor with Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Kyung Hee University, from 2012 to 2017. Since 2018, he has been with the School of Computer Science, The University of Sydney, where he is currently a Senior Lecturer. His research interests include distributed computing, machine learning, and networking. He has been the Editor of IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking since 2016, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications 2020 in the area of distributed machine learning/federated learning.

Josh Nguyen (The University of Melbourne)