Secure federated learning with efficient communication in vehicle network

Yinglong Li, Zhenjiang Zhang*, Zhiyuan Zhang, Yi Chih Kao

*Corresponding author for this work

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Internet of Vehicles (IoV) generates large amounts of data at the network edge. Machine learning models are often built on these data, to enable the detection, classification, and prediction of traffic events. Due to network bandwidth, storage, and especially privacy concerns, it is often impossible to send all the IoV data to the edge server for centralized model training. Federated learning is a promising paradigm for distributed machine learning, which enables edge nodes to train models locally. As vehicle usually has unreliable and relatively slow network connection, reducing the communication overhead is importance. In this paper, we propose a secure federated learning with efficient communication (SFLEC) scheme in vehicle network. To protect the privacy of local update, we upload the updated parameters of the model with local differential privacy. We further propose a client selection approach that identifies relevant updates trained by vehicles and prevents irrelevant updates from being uploaded for reduced network footprint to achieve efficient communication. Then we prove the loss function of the trained FL in our scheme exits a theoretical convergence. Finally, we evaluate our scheme on two datasets and compare with basic FL. Our proposed scheme improves the communication efficiency, while preserves the data privacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2075-2084
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Internet Technology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2020


  • Client selection
  • Edge computing
  • Federated learning
  • Privacy preservation


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