Mission statement: The focus of our research is to develop numerical methods for physics simulations with deep learning. These interdisciplinary methods have significant potential for a wide range of applications, from understanding and analyzing materials for engineering and virtual representations, to medical applications and weather forecasting. A particular emphasis lies on simulating fluid flows, but elasticity and other complex material models are likewise likewise highly interesting targets for us.

Ongoing Projects

Deep-learning methods for fluids and PDE-based simulations: this section gives an overview of our recent publications on deep learning methods for solving various aspects of fluid flow problems modeled with the Navier-Stokes (NS) equations. One particular focus area are differentiable solvers in the context of deep learning and differentiable programming in general.
Our publications have targeted different aspects of a typical simulation pipeline, and differ in terms of how deeply integrated they are into the NS solve. The following list is order from loose to tight couplings. E.g., the last entry completely replaces a regular NS solve.

Physics-Based Deep Learning book (PBDL): Our research efforts are summarized in this online Jupyter book. It contains an introduction of everything related to deep learning in the context of physical simulations. As much as possible, all topics come with hands-on code examples in the form of Jupyter notebooks to quickly get started. Beyond standard supervised learning from data, it looks at physical loss constraints, more tightly coupled learning algorithms with differentiable simulations, training algorithms tailored to physics problems, as well as reinforcement learning and uncertainty modeling. These methods have a huge potential to fundamentally change what computer simulations can achieve.

PhiFlow: A focus of our research and development efforts is our fully differentiable physics-solving framework PhiFlow. Having all functionality of, e.g., a fluid simulation running in TensorFlow opens up the possibility of back-propagating gradients through the simulation as well as running the simulation on GPUs. The framework support for a variety of differentiable simulation types, from Burgers over Navier-Stokes to the Schrödinger equation.

MantaFlow: Many of our research projects are based on a common codebase, the mantaflow solver. This solver is an open-source framework targeted at fluid simulation research in Computer Graphics. It has a parallelized C++ solver core, a high-level python API for defining scenes and quickly adapting the solvers. It is tailored towards quickly prototyping and testing new algorithms. Recently, we’ve also added tools and plugins to interface with the tensorflow deep learning framework. The long term goal is to build a flexible platform for machine learning projects involving convolutional neural networks and fluid flow. Below, you can find an introduction to get started with manta & tensor-flow, and more detailed tutorials will follow soon.

Just in case you haven’t found it yet, the official mantaflow homepage is this one: http://mantaflow.com

SpaTe: Currently, an important focus of our group is the ERC Consolidator Grant SpaTe. It aims for a fusion of space-time physics with machine learning algorithms that will allow us to fundamentally improve the way we work with computer simulations, and benefit forward as well as inverse problem solvers with physical constraints.

Details: https://ge.in.tum.de/research/research-spate/

realFlow: Previously, our group worked on the ERC Starting Grant realFlow.  This grant, with a was aimed at novel simulation and reconstruction algorithms for fluid flows. The full title is “realFlow – Virtualization of Real Flows for Animation and Simulation” (StG-2015-637014). It’s goal was to improve the simulation of physical processes and, above all, make it possible to generate such simulations more quickly and realistically. A central component of this research are data-driven methods, and especially machine learning techniques with deep neural networks.

Details: https://www.in.tum.de/en/cg/research/ercstg-realflow/