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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 solely on an entrance exam taken anonymously—precluding both ethnic bias and holistic corruption—he skipped his senior year in India at St. Columba's High School for the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK). At IITK, he won the First Prize for Academic Excellence in the Core Curriculum in 1981, and he was 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—receiving from Stanford the M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) Degrees in EE.

Between Stanford and FullView, he was at Bell Labs Research, known 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 authenticate signatures on signature pads such as in use today, he suggested that these methods (their equal error rates) could be improved tenfold, which he was chall­enged to prove—and did, over that summer. For this, the President of Bell Labs 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 Princeton University, which led him to write A Guided Tour of Computer Vision, Addison-Wesley, 1993—a text used for PhD qualifying exams in artificial intelligence and computer science, as by Stanford University. He's won recognition for his publications and patents, prevailed in every patent litigation to which he's been a party (e.g., IPX) or an expert, and given invited talks worldwide, including at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, CMU, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Technion, TU Delft, IIT Delhi, UBC, HKU and INRIA SA. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE PAMI from 1994 to 1998, and he was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2004.

He's a lineal descendant of Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837), the Sikh general best known for driving Afghan rule out of India, to behind the Khyber Pass.




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