Exploring Deep Reinforcement Learning-Assisted Federated Learning for Online Resource Allocation in Privacy-Preserving EdgeIoT

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IEEE Internet of Things Journal


Federated learning (FL) has been increasingly considered to preserve data training privacy from eavesdropping attacks in mobile edge computing-based Internet of Thing (EdgeIoT). On the one hand, the learning accuracy of FL can be improved by selecting the IoT devices with large datasets for training, which gives rise to a higher energy consumption. On the other hand, the energy consumption can be reduced by selecting the IoT devices with small datasets for FL, resulting in a falling learning accuracy. In this paper, we formulate a new resource allocation problem for privacypreserving EdgeIoT to balance the learning accuracy of FL and the energy consumption of the IoT device. We propose a new federated learning-enabled twin-delayed deep deterministic policy gradient (FL-DLT3) framework to achieve the optimal accuracy and energy balance in a continuous domain. Furthermore, long short term memory (LSTM) is leveraged in FL-DLT3 to predict the time-varying network state while FL-DLT3 is trained to select the IoT devices and allocate the transmit power. Numerical results demonstrate that the proposed FL-DLT3 achieves fast convergence (less than 100 iterations) while the FL accuracy-to-energy consumption ratio is improved by 51.8% compared to existing state-of-the-art benchmark. IEEE

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E-learning, Entropy, Green computing, Information management, Internet of things, Long short-term memory, Mobile edge computing, Privacy-preserving techniques, Reinforcement learning, Resource allocation, Computational modelling, Energy-consumption, Federated learning, Internet of thing., Learning accuracy, Online resource allocation, Online resources, Privacy preserving, Resource management, Resources allocation, Energy utilization


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