# Pacific Interdisciplinary hub on Optimal Transport

The Pacific Interdisciplinary hub on Optimal Transport (PIHOT) is a Collaborative Research Group examining the research and applications of Optimal Transportation across a wide audience of researchers, students, industry, policy makers and the general public.

The Kantorovich Initiative is a dedicated website to help foster a community around the topic of Optimal Transportation.

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Kantorovich Initiative Seminar: Robert McCann

While Einstein’s theory of gravity is formulated in a smooth setting, the celebrated singularity theorems of Hawking and Penrose describe many physical situations in which this smoothness must eventually breakdown. In positive-definite signature...

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Kantorovich Initiative Seminar: Laetitia Chapel

Optimal transport operates on empirical distributions which may contain acquisition artifacts, such as outliers or noise, thereby hindering a robust calculation of the OT map. Additionally, it necessitates equal mass between the two distributions...

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Kantorovich Initiative Seminar: Yair Shenfeld

Density functional theory (DFT) is one of the workhorses of quantum chemistry and material science. In principle, the joint probability of finding a specific electron configuration in a material is governed by a Schrödinger wave equation. But...

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Kantorovich Initiative Seminar: Ziv Goldfeld

The Gromov-Wasserstein (GW) distance quantifies dissimilarity between metric measure (mm) spaces and provides a natural alignment between them. As such, it serves as a figure of merit for applications involving alignment of heterogeneous datasets...

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Women in Optimal Transport

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Kantorovich Initiative Seminar: Giuseppe Savare

I will try to present an overview of some results of unbalanced optimal transport for positive measures with different total masses, showing the crucial role of the so-called cone representation and of the corresponding homogeneous marginals. The...

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Kantorovich Initiative Seminar: Jason Altschuler

Shifted divergences provide a principled way of making information theoretic divergences (e.g. KL) geometrically aware via optimal transport smoothing. In this talk, I will argue that shifted divergences provide a powerful approach towards unifying...

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Kantorovich Initiative Seminar: Jakwang Kim

Deep learning-based approaches have succeeded surprisingly in various fields of sciences. In particular, one of the first and most successful achievements of them is image classification. Now, deep learning-based algorithms perform even better than...

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PHIOT CRG Seminar: Aaron Palmer

The optimal transport problem provides a fundamental and quantitative way to measure the distance between probability distributions. Recently, it has been successfully used to analyze the evolutionary dynamics in physics and biology. Motivated by...

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PHIOT CRG Seminar: Giovanni Conforti

The theory of large deviations provides with a way to compute asymptotically the probability that an interacting particle system moves from a given configuration to another one over a fixed time interval. The problem of finding the most likely...

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Professor of Mathematics, University of Washington

Professor of Mathematics, University of British Columbia

Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Alberta