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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, cronyism 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 won the First Prize for Academic Excellence in the Core Curriculum in 1981, and he 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 teams from 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, which he was chall­enged to prove  —  and did, over that summer. The President of Bell Labs, 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 was concurrently on the faculty of Princeton University, which led him to write A Guided Tour of Computer Vision, Addison-Wesley, 1993  —  a text used to teach and qualify PhD candidates in computer science and artificial intelligence, as at Stanford University. He's been honored for his patents and publications, prevailed in every patent litigation to which he's been a party or an expert, as in this IPX, and been invited to lecture widely, as at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, CMU, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Google, Technion, TU Delft, IIT Delhi, HKU and INRIA SA. He was 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), who joined the Sikh Imperial Army at 16 and rose to lead it, is widely mythologized for his military exploits that drove Afghan rule off the Indian Subcontinent to beyond the Khyber Pass.




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