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Vic (Vishvjit Singh) Nalwa is President of FullView, which he cofounded with Bell Labs in 2000, after inventing the FullView camera there in 1995.

At 16, based on an annual India-wide entrance exam taken anony­mous­ly, and nothing else  —  to preclude tribalism, classism and corruption  —  he skip­ped his senior year at St. Columba's School for the 240-odd fresh­man class at one of the then five Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). At IIT Kanpur, he received the First Prize for Academic Excellence in the Core Curriculum in 1981 and was the Best Graduating Student in Electrical Engineering (EE) in 1983, both with two others. He then received from Stanford University, on its inaugural ISL Fellowship, the M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) degrees in EE.

Between Stanford and FullView, he was with Bell Labs Research. After a talk there in 1993 that described an ongoing multiyear competition between its Neural Networks, Robotics and Statistics Departments to authenticate sig­nat­ures signed on signature pads such as in use today, he suggested that the performance of these efforts, their equal error rates, could be imp­rov­ed by an order of magnitude, tenfold. He was chall­enged to prove this, which he did, over that summer. The President of Bell Labs Research, who'd been seeking his resignation for in­sub­ord­inat­ion, there­on affor­d­ed him un­fetter­ed freedom instead, which led to FullView. Also for this, in 1994, he won a Bell-Labs-wide competition on applications of credit cards with a chip.

In 1989, he concurrently taught at Princeton University, which led him to write A Guided Tour of Computer Vision, Addison-Wesley, 1993  —  a course text used to qualify PhD candidates in artificial intelligence and comp­uter science, as by Stanford University. He's been recognized for his patents and publications; prevailed in every patent litigation to which he's been a party, as in this IPX, or an expert; and been invited to lecture worldwide, as at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, CMU, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Google, Technion, UBC, TU Delft, IIT Delhi, HKU and INRIA SA. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE PAMI over 1994 – 98 and was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 2004.

His dad, a midshipman in WWII at 16, was court martialed in 1946 for his role in the Indian Naval Mutiny that triggered Indian independence. Another ancestor, Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837), a governor of Kashmir who joined the Sikh Army at 16 and rose to lead it, is best known for driving Afghan rule out of India to beyond the Khyber Pass, dying defending its exit successfully.




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