Dinesh Pai

Professor

Office
ICCS
X853
Office Phone #
604-822-8197

Academic Information

B. Tech., IIT, Madras. (1982); M.S., Cornell (1986); Ph.D., Cornell (1988); Research Associate, Cornell (1988-1991); Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (1991-96); Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (1996 - 2001); Professor (2001 - ).

Visiting Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (1998); Professor, Rutgers University (2002-2006).
Fellow of the BC Advanced Systems Institute (1994). Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (2006-2020).

Interest Keywords

sensorimotor computation

Interests

Pai's research is in Sensorimotor Computation, a multidisciplinary field that seeks to identify the fundamental principles of movement and sensing in biological and engineered systems. His recent work focuses on computational models of biomechanics and neural control of musculoskeletal systems. These include the oculomotor system and the human hand. He is also developing new imaging methods for constructing subject-specific models from MRI and computed myography (CMG). His work is funded by the Human Frontier Science Program, NSERC, CIHR, NIH, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, CFI, BCKDF, MITACS, Autodesk and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. He received an NSERC Discovery Accelerator award in 2007.

Sensorimotor Computation has direct applications in traditional fields of systems neurobiology, robotics, haptic interfaces, and computer graphics. In graphics and haptics, Pai and his students pioneered efficient algorithms for interactive multisensory simulation of contact, with friction, deformation, and sounds. The innovative robotic systems he has developed include the Platonic Beast spherically symmetric legged robot and the UBC Active Measurement Facility (ACME), a telerobotic system for physical modeling.

Research Interests

graphics
machine learning
scientific computing
virtual/augmented reality

Research Groups

CAIDA: Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making & Action
Imager: Laboratory for Graphics, Visualization and HCI
SSL: Sensiormotor Systems Lab

Latest Courses

2022 Winter

CPSC 535P - Topics in Simulation and Optimization

2021 Winter

CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics
CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics

2020 Winter

CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics
CPSC 535P - Topics in Simulation and Optimization

2019 Winter

CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics
CPSC 535P - Topics in Simulation and Optimization

2018 Winter

CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics
CPSC 535P - Topics in Simulation and Optimization

2017 Winter

CPSC 530P - Topics in Information Processing
CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics

2016 Winter

CPSC 530P - Topics in Information Processing

2015 Winter

CPSC 530P - Topics in Information Processing

2014 Winter

CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics