Dr Alessandro Barp

Dr Alessandro Barp


University of Cambridge


Geometry of HMC and Geometric Integration for Sampling and Optimization

Geometric integration plays a central role in many applications. In this project, we will discuss its applications to sampling and optimisation.
For sampling, we will uncover the canonical geometry of measures and apply it construct diffusions and dynamics preserving measures, symmetries and constraints. We will then discuss general strategies to construct Hamiltonian-based geometric integrators maintaining some critical properties, in particular volume preservation and conservation of a shadow energy, and hence obtain the family of Hamiltonian Monte Carlo samplers on vector spaces and manifolds. 

We will then apply similar techniques to optimization in order to obtain rate-matching integrators that preserve the decay rate of dissipative dynamics.

Project timezone: C