by Simon Batzner from Harvard University.

Topic: E(3)-equivariant graph neural networks for data-efficient and accurate interatomic potentials

This work presents Neural Equivariant Interatomic Potentials (NequIP), an E(3)-equivariant neural network approach for learning interatomic potentials from ab-initio calculations for molecular dynamics simulations. While most contemporary symmetry-aware models use invariant convolutions and only act on scalars, NequIP employs E(3)-equivariant convolutions for interactions of geometric tensors, resulting in a more information-rich and faithful representation of atomic environments. The method achieves state-of-the-art accuracy on a challenging and diverse set of molecules and materials while exhibiting remarkable data efficiency. NequIP outperforms existing models with up to three orders of magnitude fewer training data, challenging the widely held belief that deep neural networks require massive training sets. The high data efficiency of the method allows for the construction of accurate potentials using high-order quantum chemical level of theory as reference and enables high-fidelity molecular dynamics simulations over long time scales.

Topic Equivariant Interatomic Potentials
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Simon Batzner is a fourth-year PhD student at Harvard University, fortunate to be advised by Boris Kozinsky.

Prior to joining Harvard, he obtained a Master’s from MIT, where he worked with Alexie Kolpak and Boris Kozinsky. At MIT, he also wrote a thesis on equivariant neural networks. Before that, he spent a year in Los Angeles, working on the NASA mission SOFIA, where he wrote software for analyzing telescope data and used ML to model the dynamics of piezolelectrics. He obtained his Bachelor’s from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He is originally from a small, but beautiful town a few minutes from the Bavarian Alps.