Rajesh P. N. Rao is the Director of the NSF Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) and Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department, Adjunct Professor in the EE and BioE departments, and faculty member in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. He received his PhD from the University of Rochester and was an Alfred P. Sloan postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies before joining UW. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar award, an NSF CAREER award, an ONR Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Faculty Fellowship, and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. He is the author of the textbook 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, artificial intelligence, and brain-computer interfacing. He also works on the 4000-year-old Indus script (on which he has given a TED talk) and studies classical Indian painting.