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 annual India-wide entrance exam taken anony­mous­ly — and nothing else, to preclude tribalism, cronyism and corruption — he skip­ped his senior year at St. Columba's School for the 240-odd fresh­man class at one of the then five Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). At IIT Kanpur, 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 with two others. He then received from Stanford University, on its inaugural ISL Fellowship, the M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) degrees in EE.

Between Stanford and FullView, he was with Bell Labs Research. After a talk there in 1993 that described an ongoing multi­year compet­ition between its Neural Networks, Robotics and Statistics Dep­art­ments to auth­ent­icate sig­nat­ures signed on signature pads such as in use today, he sugg­ested that the state of the art could be improved tenfold. He was chall­enged to prove this, which he did over that summer. The President of Bell Labs Res­earch, who'd been seeking his resignation for in­sub­ord­inat­ion, there­on affor­d­ed him un­fetter­ed freedom, which led to FullView. Also for this, in 1994, he won a Bell-Labs-wide competition on applications of credit cards with a chip.

In 1989, he was concurrently on the faculty of Princeton University, which led him to write A Guided Tour of Computer Vision, Addison-Wesley, 1993 — a text used to teach and qualify PhD candidates in computer science and artificial intelligence, as at Stanford University. He's been recognized for his patents and publications and he's been invited to give talks world­wide, as at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, CMU, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Google, UBC, Technion, TU Delft, IIT Delhi, HKU and INRIA SA. He was Associate Editor of IEEE PAMI over 1994 – 98 and he was elected Fellow of IEEE in 2004.

His dad, a midshipman in WWII at 16, was court martialed in 1946 for his role in the Royal Indian Naval Mutiny, which triggered Indian independence. Another ancestor, Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837), who joined the army of the Sikh Empire at around 14 and rose to lead it, is widely mythologized for his military exploits that circumscribed Afghanistan by the Khyber Pass.

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