Euclidean Neural Networks* for Emulating Ab Initio Calculations and Generating Atomic Geometries *also called Tensor Field Networks and 3D Steerable CNNs

Tess Smidt
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Atomic systems (molecules, crystals, proteins, nanoclusters, etc.) are naturally represented by a set of coordinates in 3D space labeled by atom type. This is a challenging representation to use for neural networks because the coordinates are sensitive to 3D rotations and translations and there is no canonical orientation or position for these systems. We present a general neural network architecture that naturally handles 3D geometry and operates on the scalar, vector, and tensor fields that characterize physical systems. Our networks are locally equivariant to 3D rotations and translations at every layer. In this talk, we describe how the network achieves these equivariances and demonstrate the capabilities of our network using simple tasks. We’ll also present examples of applying Euclidean networks to applications in quantum chemistry and discuss techniques for using these networks to encode and decode geometry.

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