Qualcomm AI Research

At Qualcomm AI Research, we are advancing AI to make its core capabilities – perception, reasoning, and action – ubiquitous across devices. Our mission is to make breakthroughs in fundamental AI research and scale them across industries. By bringing together some of the best minds in the field, we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and shaping the future of AI.

Qualcomm AI Research Introduction

Jun 8, 2018


“Machine learning algorithms such as deep learning already use large amounts of energy. And with AI increasingly moving to power-constrained edge devices, energy efficiency will only become more important. The benchmark that matters will be how much intelligence one can squeeze out of every joule of energy. I believe that Qualcomm is uniquely positioned to address this problem and be a key player in AI.”  

- Professor Dr. Max Welling
VP of Technology, Qualcomm Technologies Netherlands B.V.

Our key AI research areas

Power efficiency

Model design, compression, quantization, activation, algorithms, and efficient hardware. 


Continuous learning, model adaptation, and privacy-preserved distributed learning.

Efficient learning

Robust learning through minimal data, unsupervised learning, and on-device learning.

System architecture

Multi-task and multi-modal learning, sensor fusion, and cloud-edge systems.

Webinar: Pushing the boundaries of AI research

Sep 9, 2020


Webinar: Enabling power-efficient AI through quantization

May 1, 2020


Webinar: 5G+AI: The Ingredients Fueling Tomorrow's Technology Innovations

Feb 19, 2020


AI Research Video

Dec 6, 2019


Leading research and development across the entire spectrum of AI

AI Research Papers

Novel papers are one of the ways Qualcomm Technologies contributes impactful research to the larger community of AI research. Below are papers that Qualcomm AI Research has written or co-authored.

Open source project: AI Model Efficiency Toolkit (AIMET)

Qualcomm Innovation Center open sourced AIMET, which includes state-of-the-art quantization and compression techniques. The goal for this open source project is to collaborate with other leading AI researchers, provide a simple library plugin for AI developers, and help migrate the ecosystem toward integer inference.

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Qualcomm AI Research is an initiative of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
AI Model Efficiency Toolkit is a product of Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.
Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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