Akhil Dixit

I am a third-year PhD student in the department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
My research interests are Consistent Query Answering, Database theory, and Computational Complexity, and my advisor is Prof. Phokion Kolaitis.
My Erdős number is 3. (Paul Erdős → Endre Szemerédi → Sachin Lodha → Me)


I'm currently working on building a scalable system for computing consistent answers over inconsistent databases using SAT solvers. Here's my Master's project on this topic. Before joining UC Santa Cruz, I worked as a Researcher and Systems Engineer at Tata Consultancy Services Research in Pune, India where I was part of the Data Privacy Research group.


  1. Tupsamudre, H., Dixit, A., Banahatti, V., Lodha, S., "Pass-Roll and Pass-Scroll: New Graphical User Interfaces for Improving Text Passwords" 2nd European Workshop on Usable Security (EuroUSEC), Paris, France, 2017. PDF
  2. Tupsamudre, H., Dixit, A., Banahatti, V., Lodha, S., Shukla, M., "Rotate to Protect" Twelfth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), USENIX, Denver, CO, USA, 2016. Full Text

Patents Issued

  1. Vidhani, K., Dixit, A., Banahatti, V., Lodha, S., "Data Privacy Management", 2016. US Patent 2016-0132696 A1, EP 3021274 A1.


Apart from Computer Science, I draw, swim, cycle, solve puzzles and Rubik's cubes. I also like listening to Indian classical instruments, carnatic percussion and fusion music. Here's one of my recent pencil sketches - A street musician in Jaisalmer, India.


Office Address

E2-395, Computer Science Department
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
Email: akadixit at ucsc dot edu

Home Address

930 Nobel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

Aha! What's this?

My first name Akhil is written as अखिल in my mother-tongue Marathi, an Indian language that uses Devanagari script. First letter in my name 'अ' (equivalent to 'A') looks same as the last letter 'ल' (equivalent to 'L'), but with a 90 degree rotation. And that allows me create this amazing design!