Variational Integrator Networks for Physically Structured Embeddings


Steindor Saemundsson, Alexander Terenin, Katja Hofmann, Marc Deisenroth ;
Proceedings of the Twenty Third International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 108:3078-3087, 2020.


Learning workable representations of dynamical systems is becoming an increasingly important problem in a number of application areas. By leveraging recent work connecting deep neural networks to systems of differential equations, we propose \emph{variational integrator networks}, a class of neural network architectures designed to preserve the geometric structure of physical systems. This class of network architectures facilitates accurate long-term prediction, interpretability, and data-efficient learning, while still remaining highly flexible and capable of modeling complex behavior. We demonstrate that they can accurately learn dynamical systems from both noisy observations in phase space and from image pixels within which the unknown dynamics are embedded.

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