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QInF 2014: United States

Out of 137 submitted proposals (from 18 schools) we first selected 34 finalists (thus, acceptance rate: 24.8%). The judges had the difficult task of selecting the 9 winning teams (acceptance rate: 6.6%) out of the 34 finalists, who are awarded a $100,000 Fellowship each. In fact, the competition was again strong this year, with some of the schools (new and established) putting in record number of proposals, so we increased the winners from initially 8 teams to 9 teams.

Official rules for the 2014 innovation fellowship are available for download.

Winners
Finalists
Application
FAQs
Important Dates
School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
MIT Phillip Nadeau
Mark Mimee
Anantha Chandrakasan
Timothy Lu
BacMOS: Electronic bio-sensors using synthetic biological transducers
UT Austin Prabhakar Marepalli
Columbia Mishra
Jayathi Y. Murthy Simulation of Highly Non-Equilibrium Electro-Thermal Transport in Ultra-Scaled Microelectronics
Georgia
Tech
Amir Yazdanbakhsh
Bradley Thwaites
Hadi Esmaeilzadeh
Doug Burger
Bridging Analog Neuromorphic and Digital von Neumann Computing
Stanford Hao Nan
Miaad Aliroteh
Amin Arbabian Biometric Authentication with 3D Map of Blood Vessels Using Novel Microwave Imaging
CMU Sauvik Das
Gierad Laput
Jason Hong Everyday Objects for Physical Space Authentication
Caltech Ron Appel
Krzysztof Chalupka
Pietro Perona Energy-Efficient Multiclass Classification for Visual Applications on Mobile Devices
Washington Vamsi Talla
Vincent Liu
Joshua R. Smith
Shyamnath Gollakota
Battery- and Infrastructure-free Devices
Columbia Anandaroop Chakrabarti
Mehdi Ashraphijuo
Harish Krishnaswamy
Xiaodong Wang
Massive Millimeter-Wave MIMO for 100G Wireless
Caltech Kishore Jaganathan
Christos Thrampoulidis
Babak Hassibi Interference Alignment via Matrix Completion for Cellular Networks and Network Coding

We thank all the students and faculty who are participating in the QInF competition. The Finalists for QInF 2014 are announced below.

Finals Venues:

We will hold the finals at three of Qualcomm's R&D Centers in New Jersey, San Diego, and Santa Clara. Finalists locations are below.

QInF 2014 East Coast Finals: Bridgewater, NJ

Innovation Title School Students Faculty Advisors
Energy Efficient High Performance Multi-processor Design Stanford Milad Mohammadi
Subhasis Das
William Dally
Tor Aamodt
Recrystallized Germanium BEOL-compatible photodetector for optical communication Columbia Fabio Carta
Shyuan Yang
Ioannis Kymissis
Simulation of Highly Non-Equilibrium Electro-Thermal Transport in Ultra-Scaled Microelectronics UT Austin Prabhakar Marepalli
Columbia Mishra
Jayathi Y. Murthy
Bridging Analog Neuromorphic and Digital von Neumann Computing Georgia Tech Amir Yazdanbakhsh
Bradley Thwaites
Hadi Esmaeilzadeh
Doug Burger
An Ultra-Low-Power, High-Density Neural Network Based on the Spin-Hall Effect UCLA Richard Dorrance
Hochul Lee
Dejan Markovic
Kang L. Wang
The Liberty Architecture: A System for Performance, Portability, and Security Princeton Jordan Fix
Soumyadeep Ghosh
David I. August
Distributed Synchronization for Peer-to-Peer Networks Cornell Enkhbayasgaian Gantsog
Ivan Bukreyev
Alyssa Apsel
Custom Architectures for High-Performance Near-Threshold 3D IC Georgia Tech Sandeep Samal
Wells Lin
Sung Kyu Lim
Hsien-Hsin Lee
A Linearized Address Space for Irregular Commercial Workloads UT Austin Akanksha Jain
Hao Wu
Calvin Lin
Massive Millimeter-Wave MIMO for 100G Wireless Columbia Anandaroop Chakrabarti
Mehdi Ashraphijuo
Harish Krishnaswamy
Xiaodong Wang
Thermal Design and Energy Harvesting for Future Computing Platforms Standord Feifei Lian
Christopher Neumann
Eric Pop

  • Venue: Qualcomm Research Center New Jersey
  • Address: 500 Somerset Corporate Blvd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
  • Date: March 24, 2014


QInF 2014 NorCal Finals: Santa Clara, CA

Innovation Title School Students Faculty Advisors
FastPass: A Zero-Queue Cloud Network Architecture MIT Jonathan Perry
Amy Ousterhout
Hari Balakrishnan
Devavrat Shah
Cohesive Programming for Distributed Systems UT Austin John Thywissen
Arthur Peters
Jayadev Misra
Peter Stone
TalkingSense: Context-based Crowdsensing Through Voice and Sound UIUC Mary Pietrowicz
Yang Zhang
Karrie Karahalios
Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
Biometric Authentication with 3D Map of Blood Vessels Using Novel Microwave Imaging Stanford Hao Nan
Miaad Aliroteh
Amin Arbabian
Everyday Objects for Physical Space Authentication CMU Sauvik Das
Gierad Laput
Jason Hong
Extending Software-Defined Networking to the Data Plane MIT Anirudh Sivaraman Kaushalram
Suvinay Subramanian
Hari Balakrishnan
Li-Shiuan Peh
Energy-Efficient Multiclass Classification for Visual Applications on Mobile Devices Caltech Ron Appel
Krzysztof Chalupka
Pietro Perona
Architectures and Systems for Mobile-Cloud Computing: A Workload-Driven Perspective Georgia Tech Xin Zhang
Prashant Nair
Mayur Naik
Moin Qureshi
Virtual Instruction Set Computing for Heterogeneous System UIUC Prakalp Srivastava
Maria Kotsifakou
Vikram Adve
Sarita Adve
A Personalized, Wearable Electronics Tool to Improve Eating Behavior in Overweight Children UCSD Justin Tantiongloc
Seth Parker
Todd Coleman
Pedro Cabrales
Scheduling on Heterogeneous Hardware in Consolidated Datacenters CMU Alexey Tumanov
Timothy Zhu
Greg Ganger
Mor Harchol-Balter

  • Venue: Qualcomm Research Sillicon Valley (QRSV)
  • Address: 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051
  • Date: March 26, 2014


QInF 2014 SoCal Finals: San Diego, CA

Innovation Title School Students Faculty Advisors
BacMOS: Electronic bio-sensors using synthetic biological transducers MIT Phillip Nadeau
Mark Mimee
Anantha Chandrakasan
Timothy Lu
Energy Cooperation for Connected Smart and Small Things UMD Berk Gurakan
Omur Ozel
Sennur Ulukus
Scalable Neuromorphic Systems for Ultra Efficient Optimization Georgia Tech Amit Trivedi
Adam Charles
Christopher Rozell
Saibal Mukhopadhyay
Millimeter Wave Cellular Networks with One-bit ADC UT Austin Tianyang Bai
Jianhua Mo
Robert W. Heath, Jr.
Advanced Transmission and Prediction Techniques for High-Density Homogeneous Networks Cornell Amandianeze Nwana
Sinem Unal
Aaron Wagner
Tsuhan Chen
Toward accurate and low-power long-range imaging: high photon efficiency 3D+reflectivity acquisition MIT Dongeek Shin
Dheera Venkatraman
Vivek Goyal
Franco Wong
Understanding Social Synchrony using Videos to Aid Early Detection of Autism CMU Yair Movshovitz-Attias
Aaditya Ramdas
Yaser Sheikh
Geoffrey Gordon
Battery- and Infrastructure-free Devices Washington Vamsi Talla
Vincent Liu
Joshua R. Smith
Shyamnath Gollakota
SCAN: Spiking Constellation Action-detection Network Caltech Eyrun Eyjolfsdottir
Bo Chen
Pietro Perona
Super-Resolution Phase Imaging for Mobile Point-of-Care Diagnostics UCB Vidya Ganapati
Aamod Shanker
Laura Waller
Interference Alignment via Matrix Completion for Cellular Networks and Network Coding Caltech Kishore Jaganathan
Christos Thrampoulidis
Babak Hassibi
Distributed Video Summarization with Communication Constraints Stanford
UCLA
Vignesh Ramanathan
Shaunak Mishra
Fei-Fei Li
Suhas Diggavi
  • Venue: Qualcomm Research Center (QRC) San Diego
  • Address: 5665 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
  • Date: March 27, 2014


Important Notice

Any questions with logistics, please email innovation.fellowship@qti.qualcomm.com.



We believe that research and development is the key to harnessing the power of imagination and to discovering new possibilities. We are excited to announce a new kind of fellowship that promotes Qualcomm’s core values of innovation, execution and partnership. 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 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (and related) departments at:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Princeton University
  • Rutgers University
  • Stanford University
  • UC Berkeley (UCB)
  • UC Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • UC San Diego (UCSD)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Washington

We will be awarding fellowships for eight winning teams for the 2014–15 academic year. Teams are limited to two students.

Each of the winning teams will be awarded a $100,000 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 2014–2015. Total funding for eight teams x two students x $50,000 each = $800,000.

Areas of Interest

We invite teams to submit proposals focussing on the a number of specific areas within EE and CS (and related areas), which fall into the following broad categories. Note that while we solicit proposals for specific sub-areas, we also explicitly welcome other sub-areas that fit into these categories:

RF-Related

Internet of Everything

Mobile Security & Privacy

Cloud Computing

Processor Architecture & Implementation

Software System Architecture

Computational Photography; Mobile Graphics & Imaging; Mobile Gaming

User Interfaces

Semiconductor Research

Advances in Communication Techniques and Theory

Neuromorphic Computing

Mobile Applications and App Enablers


Timeline

  • Submission site opens: October 21, 2013
  • Application Deadline: November 4, 2013 (23:59h PST)
  • Finalists Announcement: December 16, 2013
  • Finalists Presentation Submission Deadline: March 3, 2014
  • Finalists Presentation: March 23–28, 2014
  • Winners Announcement: April 14, 2014
  • QInF Day: Fall 2014

Application Process

Each team shall submit 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 team for achieving the proposal milestones.

See FAQ for more details.

Winners will be selected through a two-phase process:


1. Finalists selection: Applications must be submitted online by the deadline above. Each application must include (in PDF or Word format):

  • Three page proposal summarizing your innovative idea (references can be on a fourth page)
  • Letter from one or more faculties recommending the innovation
  • Each student’s CV

All proposals will be reviewed internally by a team of Qualcomm researchers and based on this review, approximately 30 teams will be selected to be finalists.

2. Winners selection: Each finalist team must prepare a 12-minute presentations 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 team

The winning teams will be chosen from within these finalists after they present to the judging panel.

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

All QInF-related information will be announced on this webpage. Please check back regularly for updates.

Submission of new proposals is now closed.

Faculty & Mentor

In addition to the faculty advisor(s) to guide the fellowship research, Qualcomm will also provide industry experts to mentor the teams, 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?

A summary of the information is available in form of the Info Session slide deck.

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

Application Rules

Is there a template available for the proposal?

Can students from different advisors form a team?

Can students without advisors participate?

Are newly admitted students eligible to apply for the fellowship?

Can a student be part of multiple teams?

Can a team submit multiple proposals?

Can you have one student from QInF School, and one from outside?

Can the two team members be from different QInF schools?

Is there an "awards quota" for schools or regions?

What happens if the applicant already has a fellowship?

Do funds expire after 1 year?

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

When do I have to be enrolled to be eligible?

I am graduating soon, am I still eligible?


Afterwards

What is the judging process?

How many Fellowships will be awarded?

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?

Submission site opens: October 21, 2013

Application deadline: November 4, 2013 (23:59h PST)

Finalists announcements: December 16, 2013

Finalists presentation submission deadline: March 3, 2014

Finalists presentation: March 23-28, 2014

Winners announcement: April 14, 2014

QInF Day: Fall 2014

Fellowship Winners

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