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Workshop: Symmetry and Geometry in Neural Representations

Manifold-augmented Eikonal Equations: Geodesic Distances and Flows on Differentiable Manifolds.

Daniel Kelshaw · Luca Magri


Manifolds discovered by machine learning models provide a compact representation of the underlying data. Geodesics on these manifolds define locally length-minimising curves and provide a notion of distance, which are key for reduced-order modelling, statistical inference, and interpolation. In this work, we propose a model-based parameterisation for distance fields and geodesic flows on manifolds, exploiting solutions of a manifold-augmented Eikonal equation. We demonstrate how the geometry of the manifold impacts the distance field, and exploit the geodesic flow to obtain globally length-minimising curves directly. This work opens opportunities for statistics and reduced-order modelling on differentiable manifolds.

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