At 16, based only on an entrance exam taken anonymously  —  which precluded ethnic bias, holistic corruption and cronyism  —  he skipped his senior year at St. Columba's High School in India for the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK). At IITK, he won 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 jointly. He then attended Stanford University on its inaugural Information Systems Laboratory (ISL) Research Fellowship  —  receiving from Stanford the M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) Degrees in EE.
Between Stanford and FullView, he was with Bell Labs Research, renowned for its discoveries, innovations and inventions. After a talk there in 1993, describing three competing multiyear team efforts by its Neural Networks, Robotics and Statistics Departments to authenticate signatures written onto signature pads such as in use today, he suggested that these efforts, their equal error rates, could be improved upon by an order of magnitude: tenfold. He was challenged to prove this, and did, over that summer, for which the President of Bell Labs, who'd been seeking his resignation for insubordination, thereon afforded him unfettered freedom instead. Also for this, in 1994, he won a Bell-Labs-wide competition on applications of smart cards, as are present credit cards.
In 1989, he was concurrently on the faculty of Princeton University, which led him to author A Guided Tour of Computer Vision (Addison-Wesley, 1993)  —  a course text used for PhD qualifying exams in artificial intelligence and computer science, as by Stanford. He's won recognition for his patents and publications; prevailed in every patent litigation to which he's been a party (e.g., IPX) or an expert, or both (e.g., IPR); and given invited talks worldwide, including 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 the IEEE in 2004.
He's a descendant of
Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837),
then Commander-in-Chief of the Sikh army, best known for driving Afghan rule off the
Indian subcontinent, where
zero were born c. 300, to behind the
Khyber Pass, dying defending its mouth. And his dad, a
midshipman in WWII at 16, partook in the
Indian Naval Mutiny that
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