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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 anony­mous­ly-taken all-India entrance exam — and nothing else, to preclude tribalism, puffery and corruption — he skip­ped his senior year at St. Columba's School for the 240-odd fresh­man class at one of 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 three compet­ing efforts, ongoing for years, by teams from its Neural Net­works, Stat­istics and Rob­ot­ics Dep­art­ments to auto­matic­ally auth­ent­icate sig­nat­ures signed on signature pads such as ubi­quit­ous today, he sugg­ested that these efforts, their lowest equal error rate, could be imp­rov­ed by an order of magnitude, ten­fold. When chall­eng­ed to show how, he did, over that summer. The Presi­dent of Bell Labs, who'd been seek­ing his resig­nat­ion for in­sub­ord­inat­ion, there­on afford­ed him un­fett­ered freedom instead, which led to FullView. Also for this, in 1994, he won a Bell-Labs-wide competition on uses of a "chip" on a credit card.

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 teach, train and qualify Ph.D. students in artificial intelligence and computer science, as at Stanford University. He's been recognized for his patents and publications and he's been invited to describe his research world­wide — as by MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Google, Technion, TU Delft, IIT Delhi, HKU and INRIA SA. He was Associate Editor of IEEE PAMI over 1994 – 98 and was elected Fellow of IEEE in 2004.

His father, a midshipman in WWII at 16, was court martialed in 1946 for the Royal Indian Naval Mutiny, which led to Indian independence. Another lineal 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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