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Functional Diffusion

Biao Zhang · Peter Wonka

Arch 4A-E Poster #444
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Wed 19 Jun 10:30 a.m. PDT — noon PDT


We propose a new class of generative diffusion models, called functional diffusion. In contrast to previous work, functional diffusion works on samples that are represented by functions with a continuous domain. Functional diffusion can be seen as an extension of classical diffusion models to the infinite-dimensional domain. Functional diffusion is very versatile as images, videos, audio, 3D shapes, deformations, etc., can be handled by the same framework with minimal changes. In addition, functional diffusion is especially suited for irregular data or data defined in non-standard domains. In our work, we derive the necessary foundations for functional diffusion and propose a first implementation based on the transformer architecture. We show generative results on complicated signed distance functions and deformation functions defined on 3D shape surfaces.

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