B.Tech. (IIT Madras); Ph.D. (Cornell)
Position: Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
Department: Computer Science
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"
Q. Wei, S. Sueda, D. K. Pai
"Biomechanical Simulation of Human Eye Movement",
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
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH), August 2008.
B. Gilles and D. K. Pai, "Fast Musculoskeletal Registration Based on Shape
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.