At 16, based on a nationwide entrance exam, he skipped his senior year at St. Columba's High School 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—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 multiyear team efforts toward this goal—by its Neural Networks, Robotics and Statistics Departments—he'd speculated he could improve on their performance (reduce their equal error rate) tenfold, which he was challenged to prove. And when he did this over two ensuing summer months, the President of Bell Labs afforded him unfettered freedom, which culminated in FullView. Also for this work, 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 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 in which he's been a party or an expert, and given invited talks worldwide, including at MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, CMU, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Google, Technion, UBC, TU Delft, IIT Delhi, HKU 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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