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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 annual India-wide entrance exam taken anony­mous­ly, and that alone — 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 its 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 auto­matic­ally auth­ent­icate credit-card sig­nat­ures, he sugg­ested that the state of the art, its equal error rate, could be imp­rov­ed by an order of magnitude, ten­fold. He was chall­enged to prove this, which he did that summer. The Presi­dent of Bell Labs, 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 qualify PhD candidates in computer science and artificial intelligence, as by Stanford University. He's been recognized for his patents and publications; he's prevailed in every patent litigation to which he's been a party or an expert; and he's been invited to describe his research world­wide, as by MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, CMU, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Google, Technion, TU Delft, IIT, HKU and INRIA. 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 the Royal Indian Naval Mutiny, which triggered Indian independence. Another ancestor, Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837), who joined the Sikh Army at 14 and rose to lead it, is widely mythologized for driving Afghan rule from India.




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