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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 solely on a nationwide entrance exam taken anonymously  — and nothing else, to preclude tribalism, cronyism and corruption  — he skipped his senior year at St. Columba's High School in India for the 240-odd freshman class at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Kanpur. At IIT, 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 the M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) Degrees in EE on a fellowship from Stanford University.

Between Stanford and FullView, he was with legendary Bell Labs Research. After a talk there in 1993 that described an ongoing multiyear competition between its Neural Networks, Robotics and Statistics Departments to verify signat­ures signed on signature pads such as in use today, he suggested that the performance of these efforts, their equal error rates, could be imp­rov­ed by an order of magnitude, 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 instead, which culminated in 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 author A Guided Tour of Computer Vision, Addison-Wesley, 1993  — a course text used to test PhD candidates in artificial intelligence and comp­uter science, as at Stanford University. He's been honored for his patents and publications; prevailed in every patent litigation to which he's been a party or an expert (e.g., IPX); and been invited to describe his research world­wide  — as by MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, CMU, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Google, Technion, TU Delft, IIT Delhi 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.

His dad, a midshipman at 16 during WWII, was court martialed for the Royal Indian Naval Mutiny that triggered Indian independence. Another ancestor, Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837), a governor of Kashmir who joined the Sikh Army at 16 and rose to lead it, is best known for driving Afghan rule off the Indian subcontinent to beyond the Khyber Pass, which he died defending.




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