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FL@FM-IJCAI 2024 : International Workshop on Federated Learning in the Age of Foundation Models In Conjunction with IJCAI 2024


When Aug 5, 2024 - Aug 5, 2024
Where Jeju, South Korea
Submission Deadline May 14, 2024
Notification Due Jun 1, 2024
Final Version Due Jun 15, 2024
Categories    artificial intelligence   machine learning   federated learning   foundation model

Call For Papers

[Call for Papers]
Foundation models (FMs) are typically associated with large language models (LLMs), like ChatGPT, and are characterized by their scale and broad applicability. While these models provide transformative capabilities, they also introduce significant challenges, particularly concerning distributed model management and related data privacy, efficiency, and scalability. The training of foundation models is data and resource intensive and the conventional methods are typically centralized; this creates significant challenges including regulatory and privacy concerns in real-world use cases. These include distributed training data, computational resources to manage distributed data repositories, and development of and alignment with regulatory guidelines (e.g., GDPR) that restrict sharing sensitive data.

Federated learning (FL) is an emerging paradigm that can mitigate these challenges by training a global but distributed model using distributed data. The extensive application of machine learning to analyze and draw insight from real-world, distributed, and sensitive data necessitates familiarity with and adoption of this relevant and timely topic within the general scientific community. As FL allows self-interested data owners to collaboratively train models, end-users can become co-creators of AI solutions. By adopting federated learning approaches, we can leverage distributed data and computing power available across different sources while respecting user privacy.

The rise of FMs amplifies the importance and relevance of FL as a crucial research direction. With FMs becoming the norm in machine learning development, the focus shifts from model architecture design to tackling the issues surrounding privacy-preserving and distributed learning. Advancements in FL methods have the potential to unlock the use of FMs, enabling efficient and scalable training while safeguarding sensitive data.

FMs such as GPT-4 encoded with vast knowledge and powerful emergent abilities have achieved remarkable success in various natural language processing and computer vision tasks. Grounding FMs by adapting them to domain-specific tasks or augmenting them with domain-specific knowledge enables us to exploit the full potential of FMs. However, grounding FMs faces several challenges, stemming primarily from constrained computing resources, data privacy, model heterogeneity, and model ownership. Federated Transfer Learning (FTL), the combination of FL and transfer learning, provides promising solutions to address these challenges. In recent years, the need for grounding FMs leveraging FTL, coined FTL-FM, has arisen strongly in both academia and industry.

With this in mind, we invite original research contributions, position papers, and work-in-progress reports on various aspects of federated learning in the era of foundation models. Since the emergence of foundation models has been a relatively recent phenomenon, their full impact on federated learning has not yet been well explored or understood. We hope to provide a platform to facilitate interaction among students, scholars, and industry professionals from around the world to discuss the latest advancements, share insights, and identify future directions in this exciting field.

This workshop aims to bring together academic researchers and industry practitioners to address open issues in this interdisciplinary research area. For industry participants, we intend to create a forum to communicate problems are practically relevant. For academic participants, we hope to make it easier to become productive in this area. The workshop will focus on the theme of combining FL with FM to open up opportunities to address new challenges. The workshop topics include but are not limited to:

Theory and algorithmic foundations:
-Impact of heterogeneity in FL of large models
-Multi-stage model training (e.g., base model + fine tuning)
-Optimization advances in FL (e.g., beyond first-order and local methods)
-Prompt tuning in federated settings
-Self-supervised learning in federated settings

Leveraging foundation models to improve federated learning:
-Adaptive aggregation strategies for FL in heterogeneous environments
-Foundation model enhanced FL knowledge distillation
-Overcoming data interoperability challenges using foundation models
-Personalization of FL with foundation models

Federated learning for training and tuning foundation models:
-Fairness, bias, and interpretability challenges in FL with foundation models
-Federated transfer learning with foundation models
-FL techniques for training large-scale foundation models
-Hardware for FL with foundation models
-Optimization algorithms for federated training of foundation models
-Privacy-preserving mechanisms in FL with foundation models
-Resource-efficient FL with foundation models
-Security and robustness considerations in FL with foundation models
-Systems and infrastructure for FL with foundation models
-Vertical federated learning with foundation models
-Vulnerabilities of FL with foundation models

[Submission Instructions]
Each submission can be up to 7 pages of contents plus up to 2 additional pages of references and acknowledgements. The submitted papers must be written in English and in PDF format according to the IJCAI'24 template ( All submitted papers will be under a single-blind peer review for their novelty, technical quality and impact. The submissions can contain author details. Submission will be accepted via the Easychair submission website.

Based on the requirement from IJCAI'24, at least one author of each accepted paper must travel to the IJCAI venue in person. In addition, multiple submissions of the same paper to more than one IJCAI workshop are forbidden.

Easychair submission site:

For enquiries, please email to:

[Post Workshop Publications]
Selected papers will be invited to be included to an edited book on FL@FM to be published by the LNAI series by SpringerNature.

[Organizing Committee]
Steering Co-Chairs:
-Qiang Yang (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology / WeBank, China)
-Yaochu Jin (Westlake University, China)
General Co-Chairs:
-Randy Goebel (University of Alberta, Canada)
-Lixin Fan (WeBank, China)
Program Co-Chairs:
-Xiaoxiao Li (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
-Han Yu (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Publicity Co-Chairs:
-Alysa Tan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
-Jiankai Sun (Pinterest, USA)
Publications Co-Chairs:
-Ying Wei (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
-Zengxiang Li (ENN, China)

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