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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 entrance exam taken anonymously, and nothing else  —  to preclude 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 Fellow­ship  —  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 the described state of the art, equal error rate, could be improved tenfold. He was chall­enged to prove this, 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 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 publications and patents, prevailed in every patent litigation to which he's been a party (e.g., IPX) or an expert, and has 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 from 1994 to 1998, and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2004.

He's a descendant of Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837), the Commander-in-Chief of the Sikh Army who drove Afghan rule off the Indian subcontinent.




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