About Me

I am a graduate student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department at University of Rochester.

I am interested in language, vision and attention.


Kurumada, C., Brown, M., Bibyk, S., Pontillo, D., & Tanenhaus, M. K. (2014). Is it or isn’t it: Listeners make rapid use of prosody to infer speaker meanings. Cognition, 133, 335-342.

Jaeger, T. F., Pontillo,D, and Graff, P.. (2012). Comment on "Phonemic Diversity Supports a Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa." Science 335, 1042.

Jaeger, T. F., Graff, P., Croft, W., & Pontillo, D. (2011). Mixed effect models for genetic and areal dependencies in linguistic typology.Linguist. Typol, 15, 281.

Pontillo, D. F., Kinsman, T. B., & Pelz, J. B. (2010, March). SemantiCode: using content similarity and database-driven matching to code wearable eyetracker gaze data. In Proceedings of the 2010 Symposium on Eye-Tracking Research & Applications (pp. 267-270). ACM.

Hu, F., Hao, Q., Qiu, M., Wu, Y., Frye, J., Pontillo, D. F., ... & Phillips, D. (2009). Low-power electroencephalography sensing data RF transmission: hardware architecture and test. In Proceedings of the 1st ACM international workshop on Medical-grade wireless networks (pp. 57-62). ACM.


Pelz, J. B., Kinsman, T. B., Pontillo, D. F., Munn, S. M., Harrington, N. R., & Hsieh, B. B. K. (2012). U.S. Patent No. 20,120,328,150. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Presentations, Proceedings and Posters

Pontillo, D., Salverda, A.P., Tanenhaus, M.K. (2015) Flexible Use of Phonological and Visual Memory in Language-mediated Visual Search. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Kurumada, C., Brown, M., Bibyk, S., Pontillo, D. F, & Tanenhaus, M. K. (2013). Incremental processing in the pragmatic interpretation of contrastive prosody. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 846-851). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Pontillo, D., Salverda, A.P., Tanenhaus, M.K. (2013, March). Implicit Naming in the Visual World Paradigm. A poster presented at the 26th annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, Columbia, SC.

Pontillo, D., Salverda, A.P., Tanenhaus, M.K. (2012, September). Cohort effects in the visual world paradigm are mediated by visual/perceptual representations activated by spoken words, not phonological codes activated by displayed pictures. A presentation given at AMLaP 2012, Riva del Garda.

Salverda, A.P., Pontillo, D., Tanenhaus, M.K. (2012, September). Visual search for objects is influenced by phonologically-mediated visual information . A poster given at AMLaP 2012, Riva del Garda.

S. M., Munn, Daniel Pontillo, J., Witwer et al. (2009) Obtaining and analyzing gaze fixations on volumes-of-interest in real 3D environments.