Senior Data Scientist Fellow
Rajesh P. N. Rao is the Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholar award, an NSF CAREER award, an ONR Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Faculty Fellowship, and a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.
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). His research spans the areas of computational neuroscience, machine learning, and brain-computer interfacing.
Professor Rao’s group was the first to demonstrate direct human brain control of a humanoid robot in 2007 and direct brain-to-brain communication between humans in 2013. Professor Rao’s other interests include classical Indian art and the 4000-year-old undeciphered Indus script, a topic on which he has given a TED talk.