He skipped his senior year at St. Columba's High School in New Delhi, India to attend the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK). Admission to IITK was solely through a nationwide entrance exam. At IITK, he shared 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. He then attended Stanford University on its inaugural Information Systems Laboratory Research Fellowship, receiving from Stanford 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 in 1993 he conceived an algorithm to automatically authenticate signatures written onto signature pads like those in use today. After attending a talk at Bell Labs describing three competing ongoing multiyear team efforts toward this goal—by its Neural Networks, Speech and Statistics Research Departments—he'd speculated he could reduce their equal error rates ten-fold, which he was challenged to prove. Once he did this, over two ensuing summer months, the President of Bell Labs Research, who'd been seeking his resignation for insubordination, thereon afforded him unfettered freedom, which led to FullView. Independently, in 1994, he won a Bell-Labs-wide competition on applications of smart cards, as are present credit cards.
In 1989, he was concurrently on the faculty of EE at Princeton University, which led him to author A Guided Tour of Computer Vision (Addison-Wesley, 1993)—a text adopted widely, including by Stanford for its PhD qualifying exam in computer science. He's been honored for his publications and patents; prevailed in every intellectual-property dispute he's partaken, whether as a litigant or an expert; and given invited talks worldwide, including at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, 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.
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