UCLA computer grad constructs “crown jewel of cryptography”

Aayush Jain receives the 2022 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Aayush Jain’s dissertation, “Indistinguishability Obfuscation from Well-Studied Assumptions,” established the feasibility of mathematically rigorous software obfuscation from well-studied hardness conjectures. The central goal of software obfuscation is to transform source code to make it unintelligible without altering what it computes. Additional conditions may be added, such as requiring the transformed code to perform similarly, or even indistinguishably, from the original. As a software security mechanism, it is essential that software obfuscation have a firm mathematical foundation.

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