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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.

Based solely on an anonymously-taken nationwide entrance exam, absent holistic corruption, he skipped his senior year at St. Columba's High School, New Delhi, India at 16, for the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK). 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. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) Degrees in EE.

Between Stanford and FullView, he was with Bell Labs Research, renowned for its discoveries, innovations and inventions. After a talk there in 1993, on three competing multiyear team efforts by its Neural Networks, Robotics and Statistics Departments to verify signatures on signature pads such as in use today, he speculated he could improve their per­form­ance (equal error rate) tenfold, which he was chall­enged to prove. When he did this over two months, the President of Bell Labs Research thereon afforded him unfettered freedom, which led to FullView. Also for this, 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 write A Guided Tour of Computer Vision (Addison-Wesley, 1993)—a text used for graduate instruction and for PhD qualifying exams in AI and CS, as by Stanford University. He's won recognition for his patents and publications, prevailed in every patent dispute to which he's been a party or an expert, and has given invited talks worldwide, including at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, CMU, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Google, Technion, UBC, 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.

He's a descendant of Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837), the Sikh general who drove Afghan rule off the Indian subcontinent—to behind the Khyber Pass.




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