QInF 2017 India

2017 India Program Details

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. proudly announces the launch of Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2017-2018 program for selected Indian universities. Each winning team (up to 2 students and 1 faculty) will receive a financial award for the academic year 2017-18, plus assignment of a Qualcomm researcher as a mentor to facilitate close interaction with Qualcomm Research.

The Program is sponsored by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. headquartered at 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 (“Sponsor”).

Qualcomm Research is a division of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


India QInF Winners
Finalist Instructions
Participating Universities
Areas of Interest

India QInF Winners

The excellent work by the fifteen finalist teams made it very hard for the committee to determine the winners.  The original plan was to select four winning teams. However, given the very high quality of the submissions, the committee decided to select six winning teams for QInF India 2017 and are as listed below. 




Proposal title


Faculty recommender(s)

IIT Kharagpur

Domain Adversarial Networks for Bridging Cross Domain Semantic Gaps in Computer Vision 

Avisek Lahiri,

Abhinav Agarwalla

Prabir Kumar Biswas,  

Pabitra Mitra 

IIT Bombay

A Deep Learning Framework for Hand Tracking with Personalized Dynamics

Pratik Kalshetti

Parag Chaudhuri 

IIIT Hyderabad

Real-Time Monocular Object SLAM System for Dynamic Road Scenes 

Junaid Ahmed Ansari,

Sarthak Sharma

K Madhava Krishna

IIT Kharagpur

Automating fault based cryptanalysis in secure embedded applications using machine learning

Sayandeep Saha,

Sikhar Patranabis 

Debdeep Mukhopadhyay,

Pallab Dasgupta

IIT Kharagpur

Blind Joint Equalization and Detection in Presence of Non-linearity and Synchronization Errors for Millimeter Wave Communications.

Preety Priya,

Sucharita Chakraborty

Debarati Sen 

IISc Bangalore

Novel selection algorithms to exploit spatio-temporal correlation in opportunistic wireless systems 

Reneeta Sara Isaac 

Neelesh B. Mehta 

2017 Finalists

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
IIT-Kgp Avisek Lahiri, Abhinav Agarwalla Prabir Kumar Biswas, Pabitra Mitra Domain Adversarial Networks for Bridging Cross Domain Semantic Gaps in Computer Vision
IIT-B Pratik Kalshetti Parag Chaudhuri A Deep Learing Framework for Hand Tracking with Personalized Dynamics
IISc Pavan C M Rajiv Soundararanjan Automatic quality assessment of stitching algorithms in panoramic videos
IIIT-H Junaid Ahmed Ansari, Sarthak Sharma K Madhava Krishna Real-Time Monocular Object SLAM System for Dynamic Road Scenes
IISc Shounak Bhattacharya, Arkadeep Narayan Chaudhury Ashitava Ghosal Quadruped with flexible body
IIT-Kgp Sayandeep Saha Sikhar Patranabis Pallab Dasgupta, Debdeep Mukhopadhyay Automating fault based cryptanalysis in secure embedded applications using machine learning
IIT-Kgp Manaar Alam, Sarani Bhattacharya Debdeep Mukhopadhyay, Sourangshu Bhattacharya (in)Security vs. Machine Learning: A Detection based Mechanism for Micro-Architectural Attacks and Malware
IIT-Kgp Mayank Singh, Rajdeep Sarkar Animesh Mukherjee, Pawan Goyal Anwering predictive natural language queries by learning future metapaths in large evolving scholarly networks
IIT-Kgp Bidisha Samanta, Abir De Sourangshu Bhattacharya, Niloy Ganguly Understanding and Predicting Networked Opinion Dynamics
IISc Devraj Mandal, Sivaram Prasad Mudunuri Soma Biswas Zero-shot cross-modal retrieval
IIT-Kgp Preety Priya, Sucharita Chakraborty Debarati Sen Blind Joint Equalization and Detection in Presence of Non-linearity and Synchronization Errors for Millimeter Wave Communications
IIT-M Thulasi T, Vishnu Raj Sheetal Kalyani Leveraging Artificial Intelligence based techniques in designing 5G system
IIT-B Arjun R, Harshal Shah Kumar Appaiah, Vikram M. Gadre Orthogonal/Non-orthogonal filter bank multi-carrier for MIMO in 5G
IISc Reneeta Sara Isaac Neelesh B. Mehta Novel selection algorithms to exploit spatio-temporal correlation in opportunistic wireless systems
IISc Sireesha Madabhushi Chandra R. Murthy Proximal Communication Among Peer Nodes: Multi-Hop Routing and Mode Selection via Learning

The QInF (India) Finals will be held at Qualcomm Bangalore office on May22- May23, 2017. The winning teams will be selected after the Finals. The presentation schedule and travel arrangements will be communicated separately in email. The Finalists must attend (or dial in through skype if attendance is impossible) and give a 30-min proposal presentation (including 10-min Q/A) as part of the winner selection process.  

Please prepare proposal presentation (30-min: 2-min team introduction + 18-min technical pitch + 10-min Q/A), and use the template provided below for making your presentation slides. Strict adherence to template format and number of slides is must.

Download the presentation template.


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is inviting applications for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship India 2017 from undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (and related) departments at:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

We invite teams to submit proposals focusing on following technology domains within Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (and related areas).

Advances in Communication Techniques & Theory

  • Small Cells
  • Interference Management among multiple base-stations
  • Proximal Communication among peer nodes
  • Multi-hop/Mesh networks
  • Network coding for wireless networks
  • Wide-area wireless networks using high-frequency spectrum
  • Wireless systems for unlicensed/shared spectrum
  • Dynamic wireless multicast
  • mm-wave techniques
  • Massive MIMO and network MIMO, Orthogonal and non-orthogonal waveform studies
  • IoT Communication
  • Vehicular communication
  • RF advancements, Antenna design, mm-wave RF architectures

Robotics and Drones

  • Collision Avoidance
  • Path Planning
  • Collaborative positioning, planning, and task scheduling
  • Autonomous Systems (e.g., ADAS)
  • Indoor Navigation
  • Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)
  • Unique tools and virtual environments for visualization and testing robots

Computer Vision and Virtual Reality

  • 3D perception, reconstruction, and geometry interpretation
  • Object detection, recognition, tracking, scene understanding and description
  • Multimodal sensor fusion for precise 6DOF estimation
  • Eye-tracking devices and algorithms
  • Full skeleton (hands included) and Human body capture and tracking
  • Real time rendering challenges and solutions (in VR HMD systems)


  • Computational imaging and photography
  • Low light photography improvements
  • Multi-aperture and multi-modality imaging/applications
  • Light-fields capture, processing and compression
  • Folded optics

Machine Learning

  • Advances in understanding and optimization of deep learning architectures
  • Machine learning with memory / compute / data constraints
  • Representation learning, Transfer learning, Reinforcement learning
  • Innovations in configuration and deployment that further the advancement of learning platforms
  • Unique tools for visualization and testing neural networks
  • Call for Proposal opens: February 15, 2017
  • Proposal submission deadline: March 24, 2017 (23:59h India time) Closed
  • Announcement of finalist teams: Week of April 24, 2017
  • Proposal presentation by Finalist Teams (Qualcomm Bangalore): May 22-May 23, 2017
  • Winning Teams announcements: Week of May 29, 2017
  • QInF India Day (Qualcomm Facility): June, 2017
  • Project presentations (Venue: TBA): April 2018
  • Funding renewal announcement: May 2018

* Dates subject to change

Team Composition

Can students from different advisors or departments form a team?

Yes. As long as both students meet the criteria for participation. Note that the students forming the team need to be from the same institute.


Can a student be part of multiple teams? Can a team submit multiple proposals?

Yes. A student may be part of multiple teams and a team may submit multiple proposals. The funds are provided to the winning team’s institute department to be used at the department’s discretion.

Can a team include one student from a QInF institute, and one from a non-QInF eligible institute?

No. The money is awarded as a Fellowship through the eligible institute(s) attended by the winning students

Can the two team members be from different QInF schools?



Can students without advisors participate?

No. The students are required to find faculty advisor/sponsor to recommend the innovation. The faculty recommendations are an important factor in the judging process.

Are newly admitted students eligible to apply for the fellowship?

Yes. Students who begin a Masters (MS / M.Tech.) or PhD program in the Fall semester of a Fellowship academic year are eligible to apply for a fellowship for that academic year. For example: a student entering a PhD program in the Fall 207 semester may apply for a fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year referred to as “QInF India 2017.” The advisor's recommendation should mention that the student has been admitted for the upcoming Fall semester. The second student member in the team, if enrolled in under-graduate or dual-degree (M.Tech./MS + B.Tech) program, must be entering his/her final year for the 2017-18 academic year.  The advisor's recommendation should mention that the student will be graduating from his or her program at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year.

When do I have to be enrolled to be eligible to apply?

You do not have to be enrolled at the time that you apply for a Fellowship, but winners must be enrolled for the entire QInF 2017 Fellowship academic year.

I am graduating soon, am I still eligible?

Students are eligible if they are enrolled for the entire QInF 2017 Fellowship academic year. Therefore, students who intend to graduate prior to the conclusion of the QInF 2017 Fellowship academic year are not eligible.

Can previous QInF applicants apply again?

Of course! In fact, we encourage former applicants to submit new proposals, or update their original proposals and resubmit them using the current proposal guidelines.


Is there an "award quota" for institutes or regions?

No. This is an open contest between all eligible schools. It is possible that two or more teams from one school may each win a fellowship.

What if the applicant also receives a non-QInF fellowship?

Winning a non-QInF fellowship does not preclude the student from being awarded the title of QInF Fellowship winner nor their department from receiving the associated funds.

Do funds expire after 1 year?

No, the department can roll the awarded funds over to the next year. Each winner’s department is allowed complete flexibility on how to use the funds.

How many Fellowships will be awarded?

QInF Fellowships will be awarded to four winning teams of up to 2 students each.

What will Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. provide to Fellowship winners in addition to the financial awards?

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. will also make the following benefits reasonably available to QInF winners during the QInF 2017 Fellowship academic year:

  • A mentor for each winning team
  • Opportunities to regularly interact with researchers in Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Travel arrangements to a Sponsor facility(ies) for select QInF events

Proposal Process

Is there a template available for the proposal?

Yes. Templates will be provided by March first week, and will be available on the website for download. The proposal must fit onto three pages (as suggested in the template) with an optional fourth page for bibliography/references.

What is the proposal submission requirements?

The submission includes a zip file containing the documents: proposal, student CVs, letter(s) of recommendation, and signed agreement form. The zipped file must be emailed to innovation.fellowship.india@qualcomm.com before March 15, for consideration in this QINF India 2017 program. For the agreement form, download the official rules and sign at the marked location in the rules document thus agreeing to the competition rules.

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

We hope that the Fellowship applications will introduce us to new areas of research. As such, we encourage proposals in both new areas that are not yet aligned with Qualcomm’s business interests and areas that are so aligned and do not favor one category over the other.

Can I use ideas related to my thesis work (or on-going research work) to form a proposal application?

The Masters or PhD entrants from each team may elect to choose ideas from their on-going or planned research and/or thesis projects in accordance with their university policies.

What is the judging process?

The final winners are selected via a two-step process: (i) reviewers from Qualcomm Research select a list of finalists based on their applications; and (ii) after all of the finalists have presented their proposals, the judging panel selects the winners.

Fellowship Winners and Finalists

The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship began in 2009, and has continued to grow with the addition of more universities, more candidates, and expansion to our research centers internationally. Take a look at a list of all our fellowship winners and finalists from years past: