Optimal Mass Transport over Bridges

  • Yongxin Chen
  • Tryphon Georgiou
  • Michele PavonEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9389)


We present an overview of our recent work on implementable solutions to the Schrödinger bridge problem and their potential application to optimal transport and various generalizations.


Optimal Transport Stochastic Oscillator Optimal Transport Problem Bridge Problem Optimal Mass Transport 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Dipartimento di MatematicaUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly

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