Dr. Somenath Biswas obtained his B.Tech (Electronics and Electrical Communication Engg.) from IIT Kharagpur in 1973, M.Tech and Ph.D in Computer Science, both from IIT Kanpur, in 1976 and in 1980, respectively. Currently, he is the Director of Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad, India. Before joining the IIIT Allahabad, he was the Sanjay and Rachna Pradhan Chaired Professor at IIT Kanpur. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. He has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the Aarhus University (1989) and a Visiting Professor at University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1999). He has been the Department Head (1986-87, 1995-97), and the Dean, Faculty Affairs (2005-07), IIT Kanpur. He has been the President of the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (2000-2002). He has supervised 4 PhD and about 45 MTech theses. His research interest includes computational complexity theory, randomized algorithms, computational biology and logic in computer science.