Amit Sahai is a Fellow of the ACM (2018), a Fellow of the IACR (2019),
and 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 UCLA, where he currently holds the position of
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, and a 2020 IACR Test of Time Award (Eurocrypt).
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,