Soumen Samanta is from West Bengal, India. He obtained his MSc from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. During his time at IIT Kanpur, Soumen did his undergraduate research under the guidance of Prof. Parimal K. Bharadwaj. He then went to Germany to pursue PhD from University of Siegen under the supervision of Prof. Michael Schmittel. Soumen then moved to USA to pursue postdoctoral research under the supervision Prof. Lyle Isaacs at University of Maryland. After short stay at IISc Bangalore in the group of Prof. P. S. Mukherjee, Soumen started working in the group of Prof. Anthony P. Davis at the University of Bristol.