Dinesh Pai

Professor, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
Department of Computer Science
Sensorimotor Systems Laboratory

Phone: 604 822-8197

Web pages:
Lab webpage



  • Ph.D. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • B.Tech. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras


  • Movement
  • Computational model
  • Neuromechanical Systems

Research Interests

Pai's current research is focused on understanding the principles used by the brain and the musculoskeletal system to control and sense movement. The goal is to develop a constructive (and not just a descriptive) understanding, which can be tested with realistic, large scale, computational models of the neuromechanical systems of humans and other animals. The computational models we develop also have applications in diagnosis and treatment of sensorimotor pathologies (such as spinal cord injury and strabismus), more realistic computer animation, and construction of robots with human-like capabilities.

Previous research in the lab addressed similar problems, but was more focused on physically based computer animation, haptic interaction, auditory displays, and robotics. These areas still play an important role in our constructive approach to understanding sensorimotor biology.

For more details, see "Research" at

Selected Publications

Q. Wei, S. Sueda, D. K. Pai "Biomechanical Simulation of Human Eye Movement", in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Biomedical Simulation(ISBMS10), Phoenix, Arizona, USA, January 23-24, 2010.

K. van den Doel, U. Ascher, D. K. Pai, "Computed myography: three dimensional reconstruction of motor functions from surface EMG data", in Inverse Problems, 24 (2008) 065010 (17 pp).

S. Sueda, A. Kaufman, D. K. Pai, "Musculotendon Simulation for Hand Animation",ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH), August 2008.

B. Gilles and D. K. Pai, "Fast Musculoskeletal Registration Based on Shape Matching", in Proceedings of Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention - MICCAI 2008, New York, NY, Sep 6-10, 2008. LNCS 5242 Part II, pp. 822--827 .

S-H. Yeo, M. C. Tresch, D. K. Pai, "Optimal Design of Musculoskeletal Models Using Force Field Data", in Proceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Vancouver, Canada, August 20-24, 2008.


Courses taught

CS 530P Sensorimotor Computation