Primary research interests:
Foundations of Computer Security and Cryptography.
Among my interests: Hiding Secrets in Software -- Secure Program
Obfuscation, Cryptographic Proofs and Secure Multiparty Computation.
I'm also interested in many other aspects of
computer science. See Research below.
Amit Sahai is a Simons Investigator (2021), Fellow of the ACM (2018) and a
Fellow of the IACR (2019).
He is also
a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2021), and Advisor to the
Prison Mathematics Project.
He is the incumbent of the Symantec Endowed Chair in Computer Science.
his Ph.D. in Computer
Science from MIT in
2000. From 2000 to 2004, he was on the faculty at Princeton
2004 he joined the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, where he currently
holds the position of
He serves as an editor of
J. Cryptology (Springer-Nature).
His research interests are in security and cryptography, and theoretical
computer science more broadly.
He is the co-inventor of Attribute-Based Encryption, Functional
Encryption, and Indistinguishability Obfuscation.
He has published more
than 150 original
technical research papers at venues such as the ACM Symposium on Theory of
Computing (STOC), CRYPTO, and the Journal of the ACM. He has given
number of invited talks at institutions such as MIT, Stanford, and
Berkeley, including the 2004 Distinguished Cryptographer Lecture Series at
NTT Labs, Japan. Professor Sahai is the recipient of numerous honors; he
was named an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow in 2002,
received an Okawa Research Grant Award in
2007, a Xerox Foundation Faculty Award in 2010,
a Google Faculty
Research Award in 2010, a 2012 Pazy Memorial Award,
a 2016 ACM CCS Test of Time Award, a 2019 AWS Machine Learning
Research Award, a 2020 IACR Test of Time Award (Eurocrypt), and a STOC
2021 Best Paper Award.
For his contributions to the conception and development of
indistinguishability obfusction, he was awarded the 2022 Held Prize by the
National Academy of Sciences.
For his teaching, he was given the 2016
Lockheed Martin Excellence
in Teaching Award from the Samueli School of Engineering at UCLA.
His research has been covered by several news agencies including the
BBC World Service,