At 16, based solely on an anonymously taken entrance exam  —  to preclude both ethnic bias and holistic corruption  —  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 Fellow, receiving from Stanford the M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) Degrees in EE.
Between Stanford and FullView, he was at Bell Labs Research, known for its discoveries 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 on signature pads such as in use today, he suggested that their state of the art, equal error rate, could be improved tenfold, which he was challenged to prove, and did, over that summer. The President of Bell Labs thereon afforded him unfettered freedom, which led to FullView. 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 also 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 University. He's won recognition for his publications and patents, prevailed in every patent litigation to which he's been a party (e.g., IPX) or an expert, and given invited talks worldwide, including at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, CMU, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, 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.
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