He attended St. Columba's High School in New Delhi, India, where he skipped his senior year to attend the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK). At IITK, he received 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, both jointly. He then attended Stanford University on its inaugural Information Systems Laboratory Research Fellowship. From there, he received the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in EE in 1985 and 1987, respectively.
Between Stanford and FullView, he was at Bell Labs Research, where over two summer months of 1993 he devised an algorithm to automatically authenticate signatures written onto signature pads like those in use today. His work provided a ten-fold improvement over three competing ongoing multiyear team efforts at Bell Labs — by its Neural Networks, Robotics, and Statistics Departments — lowering their equal error rates by an order of magnitude, as he had speculated was possible at a talk describing these efforts and was then challenged to demonstrate. The President of Bell Labs thereon afforded him unfettered freedom, which led to FullView — and for the same work in 1994, he won a Bell-Labs-wide competition on applications of smart cards, as are present credit cards. In 1989, he was also on the faculty of EE at Princeton University.
He is the author of A Guided Tour of Computer Vision (Addison-Wesley, 1993), a text adopted by several schools, including by Stanford for its PhD qualifying exam in computer science. He has won recognition for his publications and patents; prevailed in every intellectual-property dispute he has partaken, whether as a litigant or an expert; and given invited talks worldwide, including at CMU, Google, Harvard, IIT Delhi, INRIA SA, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Technion, TU Delft, UBC Vancouver, UC Berkeley and Yale. He was on the Editorial Board of IEEE PAMI from 1994 to 1998 and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2004.
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