Nitin Saxena

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Nitin Saxena
Born (1981-05-03) 3 May 1981 (age 36)
Allahabad, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Awards 2006 Gödel Prize
2006 Fulkerson Prize
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Theoretical computer science

CWI Amsterdam University of Bonn

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Doctoral advisor Manindra Agrawal

Nitin Saxena (Hindi: नितिन सक्सेना) (born 3 May 1981[1]) is an Indian scientist in mathematics and theoretical computer science. His research focuses on computational complexity.

He attracted international attention for proposing the AKS Primality Test in 2002 in a joint work with Manindra Agrawal and Neeraj Kayal, for which the trio won the 2006 Fulkerson Prize, and the 2006 Gödel Prize. They provided the first unconditional deterministic algorithm to test an n-digit number for primality in a time that has been proven to be polynomial in n.[2] This research work came out as a part of his undergraduate study.

He is an alumnus of Boys' High School And College, Allahabad. He graduated with his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2002. He received his PhD from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the same institute in 2006 with the Dissertation titled "Morphisms of Rings and Applications to Complexity".[3]

He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2003 for his work in computational complexity theory. He was appointed at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) starting as a postdoc researcher from September 2006 onwards.[4] He was a Bonn Junior Fellow at the University of Bonn from Summer 2008 onwards.[1] He joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur as faculty in April 2013.[5]


  1. ^ a b Saxena's CV at University of Bonn
  2. ^ Agrawal, Manindra; Kayal, Neeraj; Saxena, Nitin. "Primes is in P" (PDF). Annals of Mathematics. doi:10.4007/annals.2004.160.781. 
  3. ^ Saxena's PhD thesis
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  5. ^ "Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur". Retrieved 6 April 2013. 

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