The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Computer Science Department invited computer science professor Amit Sahai to present his work on the Mathematics of Hiding Secrets in Software as part of their Distinguished Lecture Series (the equivalent of UCLA Computer Science’s Jon Postel Distinguished Lecture Series) on February 19, 2024.

Professor Sahai’s contributions to indistinguishability obfuscation (IO) have been celebrated with an extensive array of honors, including the National Academy of Sciences’ Held Prize. Amit has received the 2023 FOCS Test of Time Award from the top conference in theoretical computer science and delivered an invited lecture on his breakthrough at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM). ICM is one of the most prestigious venues in mathematics and is where the Field Awards are presented/held every four years.  Prior to his, Amit’s work on indistinguishability obfuscation has been celebrated in many ways, including, but not limited to: with press coverage, a Best Paper Award at STOC 2021, an invited tutorial at FOCS 2020, a Simons workshop, and an invited “lifetime accomplishments of significant scholars” talk at Harvard’s Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications (CMSA).

Learn more about the lecture series and Professor Sahai’s work here: