QInF 2018 India

2018 India Program Details

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. proudly announces the launch of Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2018-2019 program for selected Indian universities. Each winning team (up to 2 students and sponsoring faculty advisor(s) ) will receive a financial award for the academic year 2018-19, 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.

Winner Announcements
Finalists
Finalists Instructions
Participating Universities
Areas of Interest
Application Process
Timeline
FAQ

Dear QInF 2018 finalist teams,

Thank you for a truly inspiring set of presentations during the finals event earlier this week. The excellent work by the twenty finalist teams made it very hard for the committee to determine the winners. The original plan was to select seven winning teams. However, given the very high quality of the submissions, the committee decided to select eight winning teams for QInF India 2018 and are as listed below. Congratulations!

Innovation Title Student(s) Recommendor(s) University
Battle of Bandits Aadirupa Saha Aditya Gopalan IISc - Bangalore
Feedback Overhead Reduction in 5G using Base Station-Side Estimation Vineeth Kumar Vimal Kumar Neelesh B. Mehta IISc - Bangalore
Intelligent ADAS Task Management on Heterogeneous Automotive Architectures Anirban Ghose, Srijeeta Maity Soumyajit Dey, Pabitra Maitra IIT - Kharagpur
Non Contact CardioPulmonary Assessment in the wild using imaging techniques Prashant Pandey, Varun Srivastava AP Prathosh IIT - Delhi
Quantum Theoretic Codes for the Cell Discovery Problem in mm Wave Communication Systems Manoj A, Rashmi P Arun Pachai Kannu IIT - Madras
Sparse Signal Processing for 5G mmWave Hybrid MIMO Technology Suraj Srivastava, Saumya Dwivedi Aditya K. Jagannatham IIT - Kanpur
Textured Non-rigid 3D Reconstruction in a calibration free environment Abbhinav Venkat, Sai Sagar Jinka Avinash Sharma IIIT - Hyderabad
Underwater Image Processing: Point Tracking, Motion Segmentation, Restoration Jerin Geo James Ajit Rajwade IIT - Bombay

The results will be updated on our public website shortly. The winning teams will be notified separately about next steps for QInF India day. Thanks to everyone for participating; a special thank you to the advisors who were able to join the finalist presentations!

Thank you,
QInF India organizing committee

Dear QInF 2017 winning teams,

The project presentations during the finals event earlier this week were truly inspiring. All six winning teams of QInF India 2017 did a great job furthering their research topics making it extremely hard to pick only one team that will receive the QInF award for another year. After careful evaluation, the committee has decided to award the QInF 2017 funding renewal extension to the proposal “Domain Adversarial Networks for Bridging Cross Domain Semantic Gaps in Computer Vision” from Avisek Lahiri and Abhinav Agarwalla at IIT-Kharagpur. Congratulations!

The renewal award announcement will be updated on our public website shortly. Thanks to everyone for participating; a special thank you to the advisors who were able to join the project presentations!

Thank you,
QInF India organizing committee

Congratulations! The following 20 proposals have been chosen as Finalists.

Innovation Title Student(s) Recommendor(s) University
Accelerating Deep Neural Networks on FPGAs Ziaul Choudhury, Vinamra Benara Suresh Purini, Lavanya Ramapantulu IIIT - Hyderabad
Active Pose Matching using Deep Reinforcement Learning Jogendra Nath Kundu R. Venkatesh babu IISc - Bangalore
An Artificial Neural Network Based Non-invasive method for Diabetes detection Rathin Joshi Hardik J Pandya IISc - Bangalore
Battle of Bandits Aadirupa Saha Aditya Gopalan IISc - Bangalore
Discovering and Mitigating Algorithmic Bias using Deep Neural Networks Gourab Patro, Abhijnan Chakraborty Niloy Ganguly IIT - Kharagpur
Feedback Overhead Reduction in 5G using Base Station-Side Estimation Vineeth Kumar Vimal Kumar Neelesh B. Mehta IISc - Bangalore
High Speed Imaging and 3D Reconstruction from Event-Based Hybrid Sensor Prasan Shedligeri, Anuja Reddy Mandla Kaushik Mitra IIT - Madras
Intelligent ADAS Task Management on Heterogeneous Automotive Architectures Anirban Ghose, Srijeeta Maity Soumyajit Dey, Pabitra Maitra IIT - Kharagpur
Latency Minimizing Codes for Distributed Systems Ajay Kumar Badita, Ankit Dhiman Parimal Parag IISc - Bangalore
Machine Learning Models for Augmenting Ayurveda Diagnosis Sumit Soman, Manoj Singh Rathor Jayadeva IIT - Delhi
Multi-access Coded Caching for 5G Srinivas Reddy Kota, Lalhruaizela Nikhil Karamchandani, D Manjunath IIT - Bombay
Non Contact CardioPulmonary Assessment in the wild using imaging techniques Prashant Pandey, Varun Srivastava AP Prathosh IIT - Delhi
Optimal Communication for Distributed Learning Prathamesh Mayekar Himanshu Tyagi IISc - Bangalore
Principled Approaches for Designing Efficient DNNs using Graph and Information Theoretic Methods Ameya Prabhu Anoop Namboodiri, Girish Varma IIIT - Hyderabad
Quantum Theoretic Codes for the Cell Discovery Problem in mm Wave Communication Systems Manoj A, Rashmi P Arun Pachai Kannu IIT - Madras
Real Time Surrogate Visual Tracking of Lung Tumours for Effective Radiotherapy Priya Singh, Darshan Ramesh Shet K S Venkatesh IIT - Kanpur
Simultaneous Localization and Mapping: Towards Long-term Autonomy, Scalability and Robustness Mohan Nutalapati, Lavish Arora Ketan Rajawat, Rajesh M Hegde IIT - Kanpur
Sparse Signal Processing for 5G mmWave Hybrid MIMO Technology Suraj Srivastava, Saumya Dwivedi Aditya K. Jagannatham  IIT - Kanpur
Textured Non-rigid 3D Reconstruction in a calibration free environment Abbhinav Venkat, Sai Sagar Jinka Avinash Sharma IIIT - Hyderabad
Underwater Image Processing: Point Tracking, Motion Segmentation, Restoration Jerin Geo James Ajit Rajwade IIT - Bombay

The QInF 2018 Finals will be held at the Qualcomm office in Bangalore on May 14 and 15, 2018.

During the 2018 Finalist event, we will have two tracks of presentations:

  1. Finalists from the QInF India 2018 program will present their proposals. This will involve a regular 20-minute presentation and a poster presentation during a poster interaction session with Qualcomm engineers and judges. Details are provided below.
  2. Winners from the QInF India 2017 program will present the final presentations of their respective winning ideas (up to one super-winner will be picked from among them). This will involve an extended 30-minute presentation (no poster presentation is required). Details are provided below.

The Finals presentations are a major part of the winner selection. Each team must attend (or dial in through skype if attendance is impossible) and present their proposal as part of the winner/super-winner selection process.

Instructions for Finalists from the QInF India 2018 program

Prepare a 15 minute presentation (with an additional 5 min for questions). Please practice to ensure that you adhere to the time limit. The presentation slides (in both PDF and powerpoint format) must be sent via the ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL by 08:00PM IST on May 10, 2018 (please use your existing confirmation number for the submission). Details of the format of the slides are below. Students must use the submitted PowerPoint or PDF slides for their presentation.

You must submit your poster in PDF only format by 08:00PM IST on Thu May 10, 2018. Submissions are to be made via the ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL.

The ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL will be open from May 4th, 2018. Use your existing confirmation number for the submission. SUBMISSION SHOULD BE A SINGLE ZIP FILE CONTAINING THREE FILES: THE POSTER IN PDF FORMAT AND SLIDES IN BOTH PDF AND POWERPOINT FORMAT.

About the slides

Please prepare proposal presentation (20-min: 2-min team introduction + 13-min technical pitch + 5-min Q/A), and use this template for making your presentation slides. Strict adherence to template format and number of slides is mandatory.

We do not recommend adding slides with references.

Please do not use animations purely to get around the limit on the number of slides.

Please ensure that all external media is embedded in the PDF or PowerPoint file itself, e.g., videos. The PDF/PowerPoint file must be self-contained.

About the poster

Due to the tight program, we offer a poster session, where you have the opportunity for in-depth talks with the judges and Qualcomm engineers.

Each team may submit one poster (PDF format required, size suitable for display on 42" (on the diagonal) horizontally mounted display). Please ensure that you use appropriate font sizes and sufficient resolution for images, keeping in mind the poster size.

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

Instructions for Winners from the QInF India 2017 program

The presentation duration will be strict 30-mins including Q/A, so our recommendation is to stick with 10 slides (at most) which cover the following:

  1. Background and Problem statement
  2. Prior art
  3. Focus of the proposed work – novelty, key contributions, results summary, any publication(s)
  4. Brief technical details
  5. Summary and future work

Finalist Event Overall Schedule

The finalist event will be held over two days, on May 14 and 15, 2018.

MAY 14

DAY 1 EVENTS

9:00 - 9:30

Welcome Keynote

9:30 - 11:00

Session 1: QInF India 2017 Winner Presentations
(Three presentations, 30mins each)

11:00 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15

Session 2: QInF India 2018 Finalist Presentations
(Three presentations, 20mins each)

12:15 - 1:15

Lunch

1:15 - 3:45

Session 3: QInF India 2018 Finalist Presentations
(Seven presentations, 20mins each)

4:00 - 5:00

Poster Session for Day 1 QInF India 2018 Finalist Presentations

MAY 15

DAY 2 EVENTS

9:00 - 9:30

Morning Keynote

9:30 - 11:00

Session 4: QInF India 2017 Winner Presentations
(Three presentations, 30mins each)

11:00 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15

Session 5: QInF India 2018 Finalist Presentations
(Three presentations, 20mins each)

12:15 - 1:15

Lunch

1:15 - 3:45

Session 6: QInF India 2018 Finalist Presentations
(Seven presentations, 20mins each)

4:00 - 5:00

Poster Session for Day 2 QInF India 2018 Finalist Presentations

Finalist Event Session Details

Session 1 (May 14, 9:30 - 11:00): QInF India 2017 Winner Presentations
(Three presentations, 30mins each)

Innovation Title

Student(s)

Recommendor(s)

University

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

Avisek Lahiri, Abhinav Agarwalla

Prabir K Biswas, Pabitra Mitra

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

IIT - Kharagpur

Session 2 (May 14, 11:15 - 12:15): QInF India 2018 Finalist Presentations
(Three presentations, 20mins each)

Innovation Title

Student(s)

Recommendor(s)

University

Feedback Overhead Reduction in 5G using Base Station-Side Estimation

Vineeth Kumar Vimal Kumar

Neelesh B. Mehta

IISc - Bangalore

Latency Minimizing Codes for Distributed Systems

Ajay Kumar Badita, Ankit Dhiman

Parimal Parag

IISc - Bangalore

Quantum Theoretic Codes for the Cell Discovery Problem in mm Wave Communication Systems

Manoj A, Rashmi P

Arun Pachai Kannu

IIT - Madras

Session 3 (May 14, 1:15 - 3:45): QInF India 2018 Finalist Presentations
(Seven presentations, 20mins each)

Innovation Title

Student(s)

Recommendor(s)

University

Intelligent ADAS Task Management on Heterogeneous Automotive Architectures

Anirban Ghose, Srijeeta Maity

Soumyajit Dey, Pabitra Maitra

IIT - Kharagpur

Battle of Bandits

Aadirupa Saha

Aditya Gopalan

IISc - Bangalore

Discovering and Mitigating Algorithmic Bias using Deep Neural Networks

Gourab Patro, Abhijnan Chakraborty

Niloy Ganguly

IIT - Kharagpur

Simultaneous Localization and Mapping: Towards Long-term Autonomy, Scalability and Robustness

Mohan Nutalapati, Lavish Arora

Ketan Rajawat, Rajesh M Hegde

IIT - Kanpur

Real Time Surrogate Visual Tracking of Lung Tumours for Effective Radiotherapy

Priya Singh, Darshan Ramesh Shet

K S Venkatesh

IIT - Kanpur

Multi-access Coded Caching for 5G

Srinivas Reddy Kota, Lalhruaizela

Nikhil Karamchandani, D Manjunath

IIT - Bombay

Sparse Signal Processing for 5G mmWave Hybrid MIMO Technology

Suraj Srivastava, Saumya Dwivedi

Aditya K. Jagannatham

IIT - Kanpur

Session 4 (May 15, 9:30 - 11:00): QInF India 2017 Winner Presentations
(Three presentations, 30mins each)

Innovation Title

Student(s)

Recommendor(s)

University

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

Reneeta Sara Isaac

Neelesh B. Mehta

IISc - Bangalore

Real-Time Monocular Object SLAM System for Dynamic Road Scenes

Junaid Ahmed Ansari, Sarthak Sharma

K Madhava Krishna

IIIT - Hyderabad

A Deep Learning Framework for Hand Tracking with Personalized Dynamics

Pratik Kalshetti

Parag Chaudhuri

IIT - Bombay

Session 5 (May 15, 11:15 - 12:15): QInF India 2018 Finalist Presentations
(Three presentations, 20mins each)

Innovation Title

Student(s)

Recommendor(s)

University

Optimal Communication for Distributed Learning

Prathamesh Mayekar

Himanshu Tyagi

IISc - Bangalore

Principled Approaches for Designing Efficient DNNs using Graph and Information Theoretic Methods

Ameya Prabhu

Anoop Namboodiri, Girish Varma

IIIT - Hyderabad

Machine Learning Models for Augmenting Ayurveda Diagnosis

Sumit Soman, Manoj Singh Rathor

Jayadeva

IIT - Delhi

Session 6 (May 15, 1:15 - 3:45): QInF India 2018 Finalist Presentations
(Seven presentations, 20mins each)

Innovation Title

Student(s)

Recommendor(s)

University

An Artificial Neural Network Based Non-invasive method for Diabetes detection

Rathin Joshi

Hardik J Pandya

IISc - Bangalore

Accelerating Deep Neural Networks on FPGAs

Ziaul Choudhury, Vinamra Benara

Suresh Purini, Lavanya Ramapantulu

IIIT - Hyderabad

Non Contact CardioPulmonary Assessment in the wild using imaging techniques

Prashant Pandey, Varun Srivastava

AP Prathosh

IIT - Delhi

Textured Non-rigid 3D Reconstruction in a calibration free environment

Abbhinav Venkat, Sai Sagar Jinka

Avinash Sharma

IIIT - Hyderabad

Underwater Image Processing: Point Tracking, Motion Segmentation, Restoration

Jerin Geo James

Ajit Rajwade

IIT - Bombay

High Speed Imaging and 3D Reconstruction from Event-Based Hybrid Sensor

Prasan Shedligeri, Anuja Reddy Mandla

Kaushik Mitra

IIT - Madras

Active Pose Matching using Deep Reinforcement Learning

Jogendra Nath Kundu

R. Venkatesh babu

IISc - Bangalore

Logistics
Travel logistics will be communicated separately to each participating team.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is inviting applications for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship India 2018 from undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (and related) departments at:

  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • 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

  • Ultra reliable and low latency communications
  • Wide-area wireless networks using high-frequency and mmWave spectrum
  • Massive MIMO, network MIMO, and coordinated multipoint processing
  • Wireless systems for unlicensed/shared spectrum
  • Low energy networks (Bluetooth LE, 802.15.4, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, etc.)

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

  • Fault tolerant computing
  • Radar Signal Processing
  • Object detection and mapping
  • Driver assistance algorithms
  • V2V and V2X
  • Safe and reliable path planning

Machine Learning

  • Advances in understanding and optimization of deep learning architectures
  • Representation learning, Transfer learning, Reinforcement learning, Continual learning
  • Visualization and testing of neural networks
  • Applications: NLP, security, semantic video, etc.
  • Low power compute architectures for neural networks

Computer Vision and eXtended Reality

  • 3D perception, mapping, 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)
  • Lighting/illumination modelling
  • Multi-focal displays

Multimedia Signal Processing: Imaging, Audio and Video

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

Advanced Semiconductor Electronics

  • Ultra-low (uW) power embedded platform for edge computing (ULP architectures and designs, HW accelerators, power generation and management, novel memories, security)
  • CMOS (3D IC, thermal-aware designs, circuits, advanced packaging techniques, etc.)
  • RF / analog ASICs and architectures (Sub-6GHz 5G power amplifiers, mmWave RFIC for 5G NR, adaptive RF signal processing algorithms, etc.)
  • Advanced antenna (millimeter-wave and phase-array antennas), novel antenna materials, structures and implementations

Processor Architecture and Implementation

  • Novel processor architectures, microarchitectures, extensions, and accelerators
  • Multimedia and gaming architectures (not limited to GPU, GPGPU, VLIW, DSP, etc.)
  • Novel architectures for artificial intelligence, edge training and inference
  • Security features of CPUs and accelerators at the instruction set, memory system, and SOC levels

Submissions will be open from January 15, 2018. Template will be provided on this website for proposal submission by the teams.

The team can be comprised of up to 2 students, wherein at least one student member of the team has to be enrolled as a Masters (MS / M.Tech.) or PhD student in the Electrical Engineering or Computer Science department (or related department) for the entire 2018-19 academic year. A second student team member is optional and can even be a final year under-graduate. Each student on a team is an "Entrant". Also, each team must have a faculty advisor supporting the proposal. 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.

Each team shall submit an innovation proposal (download the template) that must include the following:

  • Three page innovation proposal (plus optional page for bibliography/references)
    • 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
  • Letter from one or more faculty members recommending the innovation including:
    • Why the proposal is innovative
    • Why the proposal is important
    • Why the current team is likely to succeed in their proposal
  • Each student's Curriculum Vitae
  • Signed agreement form by the team members (acknowledging the official rules of Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship program in India). Download the official rules (see link below), and sign at the marked location in the rules document thus agreeing to the competition rules.

THE SUBMISSION SHOULD BE MADE THROUGH THE ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL, FOR CONSIDERATION IN THE QINF 2018 INDIA PROGRAM. THE ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM JANUARY 15, 2018.

See FAQ for more details.

Official Rules for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship - India 

Official Proposal Template for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship - India

 

Winners will be selected through a two-phase process:

  1. Idea selection for presentation: Applications must be submitted online by the specified deadline (see Timeline tab). All proposals will be reviewed internally by a team of Qualcomm researchers. A subset of teams will be selected as Program Finalists and notified in April 2018. Selected (“finalist”) teams will be invited to a Sponsor facility to make a presentation of the research proposal described in their Application to a judging panel.  
  2. Final proposals selection: Each selected (“finalist”) team must prepare a 20-minute presentations for the judges. Presentations must be in PowerPoint or PDF format. Templates for this presentation will be provided. The presentation generally includes:
    • The proposal idea
    • The differentiating factors from state of the art
    • The execution plan / strength of the team

Seven winning teams will be chosen from this pool of selected teams after they present to the judging panel.

The winning teams will be invited to a Sponsor facility (within couple of weeks of winner announcement) for presenting the proposal details.

The official rules for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship are available for download.

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

 

Faculty & Mentor

In addition to the faculty advisor(s) guiding the fellowship research, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. will help with assigning a mentor to facilitate periodic interaction opportunities with Qualcomm Research.

 

Funding Renewal Opportunity

The selected seven projects will be re-evaluated in April 2019 in the form of a project presentation, with up to one team being granted a funding renewal from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Qualcomm Research is a division of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

 

More Info?

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

  • Call for Proposal opens: January 15, 2018
  • Proposal submission deadline: March 14, 2018 (23:59h India time)
  • Proposal presentation by selected ideas (Venue: TBA): Week of May 14 or May 21, 2018
  • Winning team announcements: Week of May 28, 2018
  • QInF India Day: June 2018
  • Project presentations (Venue: TBA): April 2019
  • Funding renewal announcement: May 2019

* 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?

No.

Eligibility

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 2018 semester may apply for a fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year referred to as “QInF India 2018.” 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 2018-19 academic year.  The advisor's recommendation should mention that the student will be graduating from his or her program at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 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 2018 Fellowship academic year.

I am graduating soon, am I still eligible?

Students are eligible if they are enrolled for the entire QInF 2018 Fellowship academic year. Therefore, students who intend to graduate prior to the conclusion of the QInF 2018 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.

Awards

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 seven winning teams.

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 2018 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. The template is 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 the following documents: proposal, student CVs, letter(s) of recommendation, and signed agreement form. The documents must be submitted through the online submission portal (link available from the QInF India 2018 website) before March 14, 2018, for consideration in this QINF India 2018 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: