AMIT SAHAI

Professor of Computer Science
Director, Center for Encrypted Functionalities (an NSF Frontier Center)
Ph.D., M.I.T., 2000


Primary research interests: Foundations of Computer Security and Cryptography. Among my interests: Cryptographic Proofs and Secure Multiparty Computation; Software Security and Protection.

I'm also interested in many other aspects of computer science. See Research below.


Recent Results: The First Cryptographic General-Purpose Software Obfuscation Scheme, see also: here, and here.
Brief Bio:

Professor Amit Sahai received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2000. From 2000 to 2004, he was on the faculty at Princeton University; in 2004 he joined UCLA, where he currently holds the position of Professor of Computer Science. His research interests are in security and cryptography, and theoretical computer science more broadly. He has published more than 100 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 a 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, and a 2012 Pazy Memorial Award. His research has been covered by several news agencies including the BBC World Service, Quanta Magazine, Wired, and IEEE Spectrum.



My h-number (as of October 2014, according to Google Scholar): 55.
For my publications, please check my Google Scholar profile. (An older link to Research and On-Line Papers)

Current Ph.D. Students: Vanishree Rao, Divya Gupta, Dakshita Khurana, Prabhanjan Anand, Saikrishna Badrinarayanan
Graduated Ph.D. Students:
Brent Waters. Now Associate Professor (with tenure) at UT-Austin.
Manoj Prabhakaran. Now Associate Professor (with tenure) at UIUC.
Edith Elkind . Now University Lecturer at Oxford University, UK
Vipul Goyal. Now Researcher at Microsoft Research.
Omkant Pandey. Now postdoctoral researcher at UIUC and Center Fellow at Center for Encrypted Functionalities.
Nishanth Chandran. Now Researcher at Microsoft.
Hakan Seyalioglu. Now at Google.
Abhishek Jain. Now Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Sanjam Garg. Now Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley.
Ran Gelles. Now postdoctoral researcher at Princeton.
Akshay Wadia. Now postdoctoral researcher at UCLA (Vwani Roychowdhury)
Abishek Kumarasubramanian. Now at Google.
Ryan Moriarty. Entrepeneur.

Postdocs and former Postdocs:
Hemanta Maji (Fall 2011 to present)
Shweta Agrawal (Fall 2011 to Summer 2013)
Jens Groth (Fall 2005 to Summer 2007)
Boaz Barak (Summer 2004)
Yuval Ishai (Spring/Summer 2002)
Former Ph.D. students:
Shien Ong (graduated with Ph.D. from Harvard University)
Teaching:

Office hours: By appointment.
Program Committees:
I am (or have been) on the program committees for the following conferences. Be sure to submit your best papers to these conferences, and attend them too!
Eurocrypt 2001, Innsbruck, Austria
Complexity 2002, Montreal, Canada
Program Chair: RANDOM 2003, Princeton, August 24-26, 2003.
IndoCrypt 2004, Chennai, India, December 20-22, 2004.
Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC) 2005, Cambridge, USA, February 10-12, 2005
ICALP 2005, Lisboa, Portugal, July 11-15, 2005
AsiaCrypt 2005, Chennai, India, December 2005.
STOC 2006 , Seattle, WA, May 2006.
Program Chair: IPAM Workshop on foundations of secure multi-party computation and zero-knowledge, Los Angeles, CA, November 2006
CRYPTO 2007 , Santa Barbara, CA, August 2007.
SODA 2008, San Fransisco, January 2008.
CRYPTO 2008 , Santa Barbara, CA, August 2008.
Eurocrypt 2010, Nice, France, May/June 2010.
Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC) 2012, Taormina, Italy, March 18-21, 2012
Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS) 2012, New Brunswick, New Jersey, October 20-23, 2012
Program Chair, Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC) 2013, Tokyo, Japan, March 3-6, 2013
CRYPTO 2014 , Santa Barbara, CA, August 2008.
Program Co-Chair, Simons Institute Workshop on Securing Computation, Berkeley, California, June 8-12, 2015.

Contact:
UCLA - Amit Sahai
Boelter Hall, Room 3731E
Department of Computer Science
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States of America

Phone: (310) 267-4982
FAX: (310) 825-7578
Email: last name @cs.ucla.edu