Coast to Coast Seminar Series: Live from Vancouver, British Columbia "Computational Challenges in Sensorimotor Biology"

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
11:30 - 12:30

Dr Dinesh K. Pai
University of British Columbia


Humans and other animals utilize spectacularly sophisticated sensorimotor systems to perceive and interact with their dynamic environment. Computational models are essential for understanding how these complex systems actually work. I will describe recent work in my group on building mathematical and computational models of these systems, focusing on three topics: (1) Numerical simulation of complex three dimensional musculoskeletal systems with neural activation; (2) Reconstruction of subject specific models from medical images and other measurements; and (3) Modeling the human hand and its interaction with external objects.