He attended St. Columba's High School in New Delhi, India, where he skipped his senior year to attend the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK). At IITK, he received the First Prize for Academic Excellence in the Core Curriculum in 1981, and the B.Tech Degree as the Best Graduating Student in Electrical Engineering (EE) in 1983, both jointly. He then attended Stanford University on its inaugural Information Systems Laboratory Research Fellowship. At Stanford, he received the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in EE in 1985 and 1987, respectively.
Between Stanford and FullView, he was with Bell Labs Research, where over two summer months of 1993, upon a challenge, he devised an algorithm for Automatic On-Line Signature Verification to demonstrate the order-of-magnitude (ten‑fold) improvement he claimed possible over three competing ongoing multi-year team efforts there — by its Neural Networks, Robotics and Statistics Research Departments. The President of Bell Labs Research thereon afforded him unfettered freedom, which culminated in FullView — and for the same work, in 1994, he won a Bell-Labs-wide competition on smart-card applications. While at Bell Labs, in 1989, he was also on the faculty of EE at Princeton University.
He is the author of A Guided Tour of Computer Vision (Addison-Wesley, 1993), a text adopted by Stanford University among others, for its PhD qualifying exam in computer science. He has won prizes for his publications; received numerous patents; prevailed in every intellectual-property dispute he has partaken, whether as a litigant or an expert; and has given invited talks worldwide, including at CMU, Google, Harvard, IIT Delhi, INRIA SA, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Technion, TU Delft, UBC Vancouver, UC Berkeley and Yale. He was on the Editorial Board of IEEE PAMI from 1994 to 1998 and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2004.
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