Ishtiyaque Ahmad

I am a fifth year PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science at University of California, Santa Barbara. I am co-supervised by Professors Divy Agrawal, Amr El Abbadi, and Trinabh Gupta. My research interest lies in the intersection of distributed systems, data management, and applied cryptography. More specifically, my research goal is to break the prevailing tension between scalability and privacy in present days' technological solutions.

My research is partly supported by IBM PhD Fellowship 2022. Thanks to IBM!

Before starting my PhD, I worked as a lecturer in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Prior to that, I completed my BSc. and MSc. in Computer Science and Engineering at BUET under the supervision of Professor AKM Ashikur Rahman.



UCSB (Teaching Assistant) BUET (Lecturer)

Industry experience


Coeus: A System for Oblivious Document Ranking and Retrieval Addra: Metadata-private voice communication over fully untrusted infrastructure

Awards and grants


Outside work I like traveling, playing table tennis, and watching cricket. I am also an FAA licensed pilot and love to soar around.