Name Amit Sahai
|Institutions Princeton University (2000-2004)
Alma mater UC Berkeley (BS) MIT (Ph.D.)
Thesis Frontiers in Zero Knowledge (2000)
Known for Cryptographic Obfuscation Functional Encryption Results on Zero-Knowledge Proofs Results on Secure Multi-Party Computation
Institution University of California, Los Angeles
Fields Computer Science, Cryptography
Similar People Shafi Goldwasser, Silvio Micali, Charles Rackoff, Madhu Sudan, Uriel Feige
Doctoral advisor Shafi Goldwasser
Obfuscation: Past, Present, and Possible Futures
Amit Sahai (Hindi: अमित सहाय; born 1974) is an American computer scientist. He is a professor of computer science at the UCLA and the director of the Center for Encrypted Functionalities at UCLA.
Amit Sahai was born in 1974 in Thousand Oaks, California, to parents who had immigrated from India. He received a B.A. in mathematics with a computer science minor from the University of California, Berkeley, summa cum laude, in 1996. At Berkeley, Sahai was named Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate of the Year, North America, and was a member of the three-person team that won first place in the 1996 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.
Sahai received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2000, and joined the computer science faculty at Princeton University. In 2004 he moved to UCLA, where he currently holds the position of Professor of Computer Science.
Research and Recognition
Amit Sahai's research interests are in security and cryptography, and theoretical computer science more broadly. He has published more than 100 original technical research papers.
Notable contributions by Sahai include:
Sahai has given a number of invited talks including the 2004 Distinguished Cryptographer Lecture Series at NTT Labs, Japan. 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, and a Google Faculty Research Award in 2010. His research has been covered by several news agencies including the BBC World Service.