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.
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.  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.  The demonstration was subsequently replicated across other pairs of humans and the results published in the journal PLOS ONE. 
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. 
- Sloan Faculty Fellowship, 2001 
- Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 2002 
- NSF CAREER award in 2002 
- ONR Young Investigator Award in 2003 
- ^ Jump up to:a b c d “Curriculum Vitae: Rajesh PN Rao’s” (PDF) . Washington.edu . September 2010.
- Jump up^ http://www.ted.com/talks/rajesh_rao_computing_a_rosetta_stone_for_the_indus_scriptA Rosetta Stone for a lost language
- Jump up^ Vergano, Dan (August 28, 2013). “Researcher remotely controls Colleague’s body with brain” . USA Today .
- Jump up^ “A Direct Brain-to-Brain Interface in Humans” . PLOS ONE . November 5, 2014.
- Jump up^ NSF CAREER Award 2002-2007
- Jump up^ ONR Young Investigator Award