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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 anonymously taken entrance exam and nothing else  —  to preclude 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 he 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 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 team efforts, their equal error rates, could be bettered by an order of magnitude, tenfold. He was chall­enged to prove this, and did, over that sum­mer. For this, the President of Bell Labs thereon afforded him unfet­ter­ed free­dom  —  which led to FullView  —  and in 1994, he won a Bell-Labs-wide comp­et­ition on applications of smart cards, as are present credit cards.

In 1989, he concurrently taught at Princeton University, which led him to author the text A Guided Tour of Computer Vision, Addison-Wesley, 1993, which has been used for PhD qualifying exams in artificial intelligence (AI) and computer science (CS), 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, 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 lineal 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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