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QInF 2014: Austria

We have immensely enjoyed running QInF in 2013, meeting all of the finalists, and collaborating with the winners. We look forward to its continuation in 2014 with the following universities: Cambridge University, Imperial College of London, ETH Zürich, EPF Lausanne, Technical University of Munich, Technical University of Dresden, and Eurecom.

Qualcomm's three European research centres in Cambridge, Vienna and Nuremburg, will run separate fellowship programs and the details on this page relate to QInF in Cambridge, which is open to PhD students at Cambridge University and Imperial College).

A number of Qualcomm research engineers participate in carefully reviewing all the proposals and selecting the QInF Finalists, who are then invited to present their proposals to a panel of executive judges. Each winning student receives a €10,000 Fellowship for the upcoming academic year. For 2014, three Fellowships will be awarded and the full amount being allocated to the student. Introduced this year is the addition of an one overall European winner who will receive a further prize of €5,000 and a visit to our headquarter in San Diego.

We assign a Qualcomm researcher as mentor to each winning student, to facilitate close collaboration and interaction with Qualcomm Corporate Research & Development.

Important Dates
School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
EPF Lausanne Zahra Sadeghipoor Sabine Suesstrunk Chromatic Aberration Correction in RGB and Near-Infrared Cameras
EPF Lausanne Ngo Tien Dat Pascal Fua Augmenting Deformable 3-D Surfaces on Mobile Devices
ETH Zurich Tobias Nägeli Otmar Hilliges Environment Independent low latency Metric Camera Pose Estimation in Dynamic Scenes

We believe that research and development is the key to harnessing the power of imagination and to discovering new possibilities. The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship promotes our core values of innovation, execution and partnership and our goal is to enable students to pursue their futuristic innovative ideas.

Qualcomm is inviting applications for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2014 from outstanding PhD students in the following departments/divisions at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne:

We will be awarding fellowships to three winning students for the 2014–15 academic year.

Each of the three winning students will be awarded a €10,000 fellowship for submitting the most innovative proposals. The respective academic departments at each university will administer funds to the winning students for their fellowship work and research expenses for the academic year of 2014–15. Total funding for three students x €10,000 each = €30,000.

The following shows a set of focus areas for this year, but outstanding proposals in other areas will be considered as well:

  • Augmented Reality
  • Camera tracking (SLAM, etc.)
  • Person/Face detection and tracking
  • Use of sensors and hybrid approaches
  • Optimization techniques for mobile devices
  • 3D model acquisition
  • Image/Video based rendering
  • Coherent rendering
  • Object recognition
  • Gesture recognition
  • Interaction techniques
  • Computational Photography

Note: We also welcome proposals in other areas since we are very keen to learn about things we do not know!

Application Process

The main judging criterion is an innovation proposal that must include:

  • Introduction and problem definition
  • Innovation proposal and relation to the state of the art
  • The one year horizon of the project (even if the proposal is a multi-year project)
  • The strength of the student for achieving the proposal milestones.

See FAQ for more details.

Winners will be selected through a two phase application process:

  1. Finalists selection: applications must be submitted by the deadline above. Each application must include (in PDF or Word format):
    • Three page proposal summarizing your innovative idea
    • Letter from one or more faculties recommending the innovation
    • Signed copy of the official rules document
    • Student’s CV
    • Above information should be sent in a single zip file to:
  2. Winners selection: finalist must prepare a 15 minute presentation for the judges. Presentation must be in PowerPoint or PDF format. The presentation generally includes:
    • The idea
    • The differentiating factors from state of the art
    • The execution plan / strength of the student

The official rules for the innovation fellowship are available for download.

Please check back to this page regularly for application and program updates.

Faculty & Mentor

In addition to the faculty advisor(s) to guide the fellowship research, Qualcomm will also provide industry experts to mentor the students, as well as regular collaboration opportunities with Qualcomm Research & Development to further assist with projects. Successful projects will be reevaluated after one year for further research funding from Qualcomm.

More Info?

Do you need further Information? Please direct your questions to innovation.fellowship.austria@qti.qualcomm.com

Application Rules

Can students without advisors participate?

Are newly admitted students eligible to apply for the fellowship?

Are there any citizenship or permanent residency requirements?

Can Visiting Scholars or Post Docs be applicants?

Can the same student submit two applications?

Is there a preference/requirement on the seniority of the students?

Are there any enrollment requirements?


What does "innovation proposal" mean?

What size of proposal do you expect?

Who owns the intellectual property from the applications?

Who owns the intellectual property developed during the course of the Fellowship?

Does the proposal have to be the same as the research plan for your Ph.D. under your supervisor for the next year? i.e. can the proposal be for a project that is not your main area of research?

If the winning proposal is for a non-primary research project, how many hours of work per week do you expect the winners to spend on their projects?

Is there any preference on incremental vs. long-term ideas?

Should the proposed ideas be commercializable?

Are proposal outside of the listed areas acceptable?

Can the recommending faculty be from another university?

What should be the scope of the recommendation letter from the faculty?

Should recommendation letters be confidential?

Any requirements on length of recommendation letters?

Can Qualcomm release the proposals of the past winners?


What is the judging process?

How many Fellowships will be awarded?

What happens if the applicant already has a fellowship?

Do funds expire after 1 year?

Are proposals for projects aligned with Qualcomm’s business interests favored?


What will Qualcomm provide post-Fellowship?

Special instructions for previous QInF Applicants

Can previous QInF applicants apply again?

Can QInF applicants from previous years get feedback on their application?

Program Launch

  • Launch with e-mail & posters: Week of January 13, 2014

Proposal Submission

  • Submissions due: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Finalist Announcement

  • Finalist Announcement: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Finalist Presentations

  • Deadline for slide submission: Friday, March 21, 2014, 11:00pm
  • Finalist presentation in Cambridge: Friday, March 28, 2014, (location: Cambridge University Computer Lab)

Winner Announcement

  • Public announcement of winners: April 2014