Speaker(s): Bruno Levy

Date: Wednesday 06th May 2020 - 2:00 pm


There is a lot of scientific activity around Optimal Transport (OT for short), that has became a "buzzword". OT is at the connection between math, physics and computer science. It has also some interesting applications in AI, which attracted even more attention to it. In this presentation, I will take a completely different path: I will introduce OT with a physicist's hat on my head: My goal is to give an intuitive idea of OT, and its connections with physics. In particular, OT can be used as a component of a new class of numerical simulation methods, with interesting properties. In particular, it is possible to design a king of "moving mesh method" while exactly controlling the volume of the mesh elements. This can be used to simulate fluids, or to solve some inverse problems in astrophysics.