Workshop: Machine Learning and the Physical Sciences

A Curriculum-Training-Based Strategy for Distributing Collocation Points during Physics-Informed Neural Network Training

Marcus Münzer · Christopher Bard


Physics-informed Neural Networks (PINNs) often have, in their loss functions,terms based on physical equations and derivatives. In order to evaluate these terms, the output solution is sampled using a distribution of collocation points. However, density-based strategies, in which the number of collocation points over the domain increases throughout the training period, do not scale well to multiple spatial dimensions. To remedy this issue, we present here a curriculum-training-based method for lightweight collocation point distributions during network training. We apply this method to a PINN which recovers a full two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) solution from a partial sample taken from a baseline MHD simulation. We find that the curriculum collocation point strategy leads to a significant decrease in training time and simultaneously enhances the quality of the reconstructed solution.

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