Dana Ballard

Dana Ballard received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine, in 1974. His main research interest is in computational theories of the brain with emphasis on human vision and motor control. Currently Ballard is interested in pursuing this research by using high DOF models of humans' natural behavior in virtual reality environments.


Research Interests: 
  • Computational theories of the brain 
    • Emphasis on human vision and motor control

Select Publications

Sprague, N. and Ballard, D. H.. 2007. “Modeling Embodied Visual Behaviors”. ACM Trans. on Applied Perception.
Hayhoe, M. M., and Ballard, D. H.. 2005. “Eye Movements in Natural Behavior”. Trends in Cognitive Science.
Chen Yu and Dana H. Ballard. 2004. “A Multimodal Learning Interface for Grounding Spoken Language in Sensorimotor Experience”. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception.
Rao, R.P.N. and D.H. Ballard. January 1999. “Predictive coding in the visual cortex: A functional interpretation of some extra-classical receptive-field effects”. Nature Neuroscience.
Ballard, D.H., M.M. Hayhoe, P.K. Pook, and R.P.N. Rao. December 1997. “Deictic codes for the embodiment of cognition”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Awards & Honors

1989 - Best Paper, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
1991 - ICCV Test of Time Award
UC Merced Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award - 2014