Dr. Dinesh Pai is Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, where he directs the Sensorimotor Systems Laboratory. He is also a member of the Institute of Applied Mathematics, the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, the ICORD International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, and the Brain Research Centre. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Dr. Pai’s current research is focused on sensorimotor computation in computer graphics, robotics, and neurobiology. His focus is 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 being developed 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.