Rajesh PN Rao

Rajesh PN Rao (born July 2, 1970 in Madras, India ) is the Director of the NSF Center for Neural Engineering sensorimotor (CSNE) and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.[1]

He is a researcher in the fields of computational neuroscience, artificial intelligence , and brain-computer interfacing. He also works on the 4,000-year-old Indus script , a topic on welke he has bepaald a TED talk. [2] He is the author of the book Brain-Computer Interfacing (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and the co-editor of two volumes, Probabilistic Models of the Brain ( MIT Press , 2002) and Bayesian Brain (MIT Press, 2007) .

In the first demonstration of human brain-to-brain communication in August 2013, Rao wearing an electrical engineering brain-signal reading cap triggered the movement of his Colleague Andrea Stocco’s hand via the Internet, allowing hun brains to cooperate to solvency a computer game. [3] The demonstration was subsequently replicated across other pairs of humans and the results published in the journal PLOS ONE. [4]

With Prof. Adrienne Fairhall, Rao offered the first massive open online course in computational neuroscience in 2013.

Rao graduated summa cum laude from Angelo State University in 1992 with a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics in. Hey dan attended the University of Rochester where he earned his MS (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) in Computer Science. [1]


  • Sloan Faculty Fellowship, 2001 [1]
  • Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 2002 [1]
  • NSF CAREER award in 2002 [5]
  • ONR Young Investigator Award in 2003 [6]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c d “Curriculum Vitae: Rajesh PN Rao’s” (PDF) . Washington.edu . September 2010.
  2. Jump up^ http://www.ted.com/talks/rajesh_rao_computing_a_rosetta_stone_for_the_indus_scriptA Rosetta Stone for a lost language
  3. Jump up^ Vergano, Dan (August 28, 2013). “Researcher remotely controls Colleague’s body with brain” . USA Today .
  4. Jump up^ “A Direct Brain-to-Brain Interface in Humans” . PLOS ONE . November 5, 2014.
  5. Jump up^ NSF CAREER Award 2002-2007
  6. Jump up^ ONR Young Investigator Award