Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Winners

Congratulations to all of our Fellowship winners!

2016
2015
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2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

2016 U.S. Winners

We received 129 proposals from 18 schools this year, from which, 34 finalists were selected (acceptance rate: 26.35%). From the finalists, we selected 8 winning teams (acceptance rate: 6.2%). Each winning team will be awarded a $100,000 fellowship and receive mentorship from Qualcomm engineers.

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Sankalp Arora, Daniel Maturana Sebastian Scherer Semantic Exploration through UAV's
Columbia University, and The University of Texas at Austin Negar Reiskarimian, Ahmed Kord Harish Krishnaswamy, Andrea Alu Fully-Integrated Reconfigurable Magnet-less Non-reciprocal Components for Next-Generation Wireless Communication Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Chiraag Juvekar, Utsav Banerjee Anantha Chandrakasan Hardware Acceleration for Mobile Computing on Encrypted Data
Stanford University Spyridon Baltsavias, Junyi Wang Amin Arbabian, Butrus T. Khuri-Yakub Advanced Ultrasound Sensing in the Modern Wireless World: a Miniaturized Ultrasound Transducer System for Biomedical Applications
UC Berkeley (UCB) Zachary Phillips, Michael Chen Laura Waller High-Speed Quantitative Phase Imaging on a Smartphone Microscope using Color Multiplexing
UC Los Angeles (UCLA) Mark Gottscho, Clayton Schoeny Puneet Gupta, Lara Dolecek Software-Defined Error-Correcting Codes
University of Maryland, College Park Michael Maynord, Anupam Guha Yiannis Aloimonos, Cornelia Fermuller Feedback for Vision
University of Washington Hanchuan Li, Alex Mariakakis Shwetak Patel, Alanson Sample IDCam: Object Identification and Localization for Activity Inference using RFID and RGB-D Cameras

2016 India Winners

Qualcomm's India research center received 31 proposals from 4 schools this year, from which, we selected 4 winning teams (acceptance rate: 12.9%). Each winning team will be awarded a INR 10,00,000 fellowship and receive mentorship from Qualcomm engineers. 

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras Akshat Dave, Anil Kumar Vadathya Prof. Kaushik Mitra Deep Generative Networks for Computational Photography
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Sanjeev Mk Prof. Siddhartha Chaudhuri Functionality Driven 3D Analysis and Design
Indian Institute of Technoogy, Bombay Ravi Kiran (PhD candidtate) Prof. R. Venkatesh Babu Recurrent Deep Neural Nets for Analysis and Synthesis of Hand-sketched Content
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad Saket Saurav (PhD candidate), Gourav Kumar Prof. K. Madhava Krishna Parking Assistant Drone System

2016 European Winners

Qualcomm’s European research center received 29 proposals from the 6 participating universities in Europe (Delft University of Technology, EPF Lausanne, ETH Zürich, Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, University of Leuven). Each proposal was evaluated by three researchers in CR&D. After some tough discussions and careful consideration, we selected 9 proposals for the finalist presentations. Each of the three winning students will be awarded a $40,000 fellowship for submitting the most innovative proposal.

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
ETH Zürich Jason Lee Thomas Hofmann A Unified Neural Language Model for Morphology, Grammar and Coherence
Delft University of Technology Tim de Bruin Robert Babuska Unsupervised Multimodal State-representation Learning for Robotics
ETH Zürich / University of Zürich Elias Mueggler Davide Scaramuzza Event-based Vision for High-speed Robotics

2015 U.S. Winners

We received 146 proposals this year from 18 schools. From there, 35 finalists were selected (acceptance rate: 24.0%) from which we selected 8 winning teams (acceptance rate: 5.5%). The competition was very strong this year, with some of the schools putting in a record number of proposals. We also added the robotics and UAV area. The winners will each be awarded a $100,000 Fellowship and mentorship from Qualcomm engineers.

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
Stanford Haomiao Jiang, Qiyuan Tian Brian A. Wandell, Joyce E. Farrell Rethinking Image Rendering on Mobile Devices
Washington Carlo C del Mundo, Vincent Lee Luis Ceze, Mark Oskin Systems and Architecture Support for Large-scale Video Search
Princeton Lingyu Hong, Hao Li Kaushik Sengupta, Haw Yang When Nanophotonics Meets Electronics: CMOS Optical Biosensor
UCLA Zhi Yao, Sidhant Tiwari Yuanxun Ethan Wang, Robert N. Candler Bulk Acoustic Wave Resonators for Antenna Applications through Multiferroic Coupling
MIT and Cornell Suren Jayasuriya, Achuta Kadambi Ramesh Raskar, Al Molnar Nanophotography: Computational CMOS Sensor Design for 3-D Imaging
UCB Phillip Sandborn, Behnam Behroozpour Ming Wu, Bernhard Boser Wide-range Hybrid AM/FM LADAR Scalable to Chip Level
Columbia Jelena Marasevic, Jin Zhou Gil Zussman, Harish Krishnaswamy Realizing the Full-duplex Potential of OFDM-based Networks: From Circuits to MAC Layer
Stanford Lucas Janson, Edward Schmerling Marco Pavone, Margot Gerritsen Parallel Algorithms for Real-time Robotic Motion Planning Under Uncertainty

2014 U.S. Winners

We received 137 proposals this year from 18 schools. From there, 34 finalists were selected (acceptance rate: 24.8%) from which we selected 9 winning teams (acceptance rate: 6.6%). The competition was very strong this year, with some of the schools, new and established, putting in a record number of proposals. As a result, this year we increased the winning teams from initially 8 to 9 teams. The winners were each awarded a $100,000 Fellowship and mentorship from Qualcomm engineers.

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

2014 International Winners

Qualcomm's three European research centers in Cambridge, Germany and Austria ran their own fellowship programs. Each winning student received a fellowship in the amount of £10,000 for Cambridge and €10,000 each for Germany and Austria for the upcoming academic year, plus assignment of a Qualcomm researcher as mentor to facilitate close collaboration and interaction with Qualcomm Corporate Research & Development. We had 3 winners from each research center location and for the first time we had a European champion winner for the student with the most innovative proposal from the three participating European QInF locations (noted below with an *).

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
Cambridge
Imperial College of London Hanme Kim * Andrew Davison Visual SLAM and 3D reconstruction using an event based camera
Imperial College Patrick Snape Stefanos Zafeiriou Recovering Facial Shape from Unconstrained Images
Cambridge University Amah Shah Zoubin Ghahraman Bayesian Global Optimisation of Expensive Functions
Germany
TU Munich Qing Bai Josef A. Nossek Energy Efficient Design of SIMO Receivers with Compact Antenna Arrays
Institut Eurecom Martina Cardone Raymond Knopp & Daniela Tuninetti Relay assisted downlink wireless channels
TU Munich Dominik Van Opdenbosch Eckehard Steinbach Camera-based indoor positioning using scalable streaming of compressed binary image signatures
Austria
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

2013 U.S. Winners

138 proposals were received from 15 schools. From there, 33 finalists (acceptance rate: 24%) were selected from which 8 winning teams (acceptance rate: 6%) were each awarded a $100,000 Fellowship. We also recognized 2 additional teams with an Honorable Mention and a $50,000 grant each.

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
Winners
Washington Adrian Sampson
Thierry Moreau
Luis Ceze
Dan Grossman
Approximate Acceleration
UCLA Pramey Upadhyaya
Juan Alzate
Kang L. Wang Spin-Based GHz Reconfigurable Switches for Ultralow-Power Memory and Logic Applications
Princeton Yingzhe Hu
Josue Sanz-Robinson
Naveen Verma
James C. Sturm
Hybrid Architectures and Circuits to Transform Flexible Electronics into High-value, Large-scale Sensing Systems
Cornell Ilan Shomorony
Alireza Vahid
Salman Avestimehr Collaborative Interference Management
UIUC Man-Ki Yoon
Fardin Abdi Taghi Abad
Lui Sha
Sibin Mohan
Behavior Pattern Inspection: A new Approach for Securing Real-Time Embedded Systems
UCSD Lele Wang,
Minghai Qin
Young-Han Kim
Paul H. Siegel
Practical Coding Techniques for Network Communication Systems
UCB Phitchaya Phothilimthana
Nishant Totla
Rastislav Bodik Programming Model and Synthesis for Low-power Spatial Architectures
Columbia Changhyuk Lee
Sunwoo Lee
Alyosha C. Molnar
James Hone
Graphene Resonator Based Mixer-First Receiver on CMOS for Digitally Controlled and Widely Tunable RF Interface
Honorable Mentions
CMU Chris Fallin
Gennady Pekhimenko
Onur Mutlu Block-Based Heterogeneous Core Designs for Higher System Performance and Efficiency
Michigan Brad Campbell
Pat Pannuto
Prabal Dutta Solving Node Synchronization, Indoor Localization, and Low-Power Communication with a Single VLC Bullet

2013 International Winners

Qualcomm's three European research centers in Cambridge, Germany and Austria had 3 winning students each for their own fellowship programs. Each winning student received a fellowship in the amount of £10,000 for Cambridge and €10,000 each for Germany and Austria for the upcoming academic year, plus assignment of a Qualcomm researcher as mentor to facilitate close collaboration and interaction with Qualcomm Corporate Research & Development.

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
Cambridge
school TBD Marwa Mahmoud Prof. Peter Robinson Non-verbal communication
school TBD Steven Marsh Dr. Simon Moore Providing an efficient programming model for extreme-scale real-time neural network simulation
school TBD Joan Alabort-i-Medina Dr. Stefanos Zafeiriou Facial point localisation and tracking in the wild
Germany
school TBD Michael Heindlmaier Gerhard Kramer Implementation and Optimization of Noisy Network Coding Schemes
school TBD Alexander Krebs Wolfgang Utschick Forward Cross-Layer Error Correction of Turbo Coded LTE Data Frames
school TBD Pan Cao Eduard A. Jorswieck Power Trading in Multi-Source Multi-Relay
Austria
school TBD Alberto Crivellaro Lepetit A Robust Dense Approach for Marker-less Camera Pose Estimation in Industrial Contexts
school TBD Zahra Sadeghipoor Süsstrunk Joint Acquisition of RGB and Near-Infrared Images with the Bayer CFA
school TBD Bernhard Zeisl (& Alain Maurice Illi) Pollefeys Depth Map Super-Resolution from Noisy and Low Quality Mobile Depth Sensors

2012 Winners

A total of 46 proposals were received from which 8 finalists were selected. Two winning teams were each awarded a $100,000 Fellowship and mentorship from Qualcomm engineers.

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
UCB Asif Khan
Chun Yeung
Sayeef Salahuddin
Chenming Hu
Negative Capacitance FET with sub 60 mV/dec swing and high Ion for Ultra-low Power High Performance Mobile Computing
CMU Chris Harrison
Robert Xiao
Scott E Hudson Synthetic Sensors and Interfaces
Columbia Michael Lekas
Sunwoo Lee
James Hone
Ken Shepard
CMOS Compatible Graphene Nanoelectromechanical Systems for Next Generation RF Design
UCB Sameer Agarwal
Aurojit Panda
Ion Stoica
Sam Madden
QuickSilverDB: Interactive Queries on Unbounded Data With Bounded Errors
UCLA James Xu
Yan Wang
Greg Pottie
Bruce Dobkin
Multi-Context Driven Activity Classification through Three-dimensional Body Motion via Wearable Sensors
UIUC Rakesh Komuravelli
Matthew Sinclair
Sarita Adve
Vikram Adve
Addressing the Hardware Challenges of Tightly Coupled Heterogeneous Architectures
Stanford Alexander Neckar
Sam Fok
Kwabena Boahen Neuromorphics: Programmable Analog Computation Through Reconfiigurable Digital Communication
UCLA Xufeng Kou
Murong Lang
Kang L. Wang Topological Insulators Based Spin-Polarized FET

2011 Winners

A total of 141 proposals were received from which 34 finalists were selected. Ten winning teams were each awarded a $100,000 Fellowship and mentorship from Qualcomm engineers.

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
UMD Ching L Teo
Yezhou Yang
Yiannis Aloimonos
Hal Daumé III
Robots Need Language: A computational model for the integration of vision, language and action
Princeton Mohammed Shoaib
Kyong Ho Lee
Naveen Verma
Niraj K. Jha
Algorithm-driven Platforms for Low-energy Intelligent Biomedical Systems
CMU David Bromberg
Daniel Morris
Lawrence Pileggi
Jian-Gang Zhu
mLogic: Low-Power, Non-Volatile Magnetoelectronic Logic Circuits for Portable Applications
UIUC Rajinder Sodhi
Brett Jones
David Forsyth Spatial Mobile Interaction using Depth Cameras
UCSD UCLA Siarhei Vishniakou
Paul Brochu
Deli Wang
Qibing Pei
I-SENSE – Innovative Technology Enabling New Life-style
MIT Ahmed Kirmani
Andrea Colaco
Vivek K Goyal
Franco Wong
Single Pixel Depth Sensing and 3D Camera
UCB Mohit Bansal
Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick
Dan Klein
John Blitzer
Automatic Summarization for Mobile Search
UCLA Supriyo Chakraborty
Zainul Charbiwala
Mani B. Srivastava Balancing The Dichotomy Between Privacy and Utility in Mobile Empathic Systems: A Compressive Sensing Approach

2010 Winners

A total of 80 proposals were received from which 21 finalists were selected. Six winning teams were each awarded a $100,000 Fellowship and mentorship from Qualcomm engineers. 

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
UCB Maryam Tabesh
Amin Arbabian
Ali Niknejad Millimeter-wave Dual-Band Passive RFID Using Antentronics
UCB Bor-Yiing Su
Bryan Catanzaro
Kurt Keutzer Parallel Object Recognition on Mobile Platforms
USC Viviane Ghaderi
Sushmita Allam
Alice Parker
Theodore W. Berger
Modeling The Other Brain
UCLA Taehee Lee
Teresa Ko
Stefano Soatto
Deborah Estrin
Object-Level Mapping, Localization, and Change Detection on Mobile Platforms
UCSD Luke Barrington
Brian McFee
Gert Lanckriet
Lawrence Saul
Location-, Demographic-, Preference- and Content-Based Music Search and Recommendation
Stanford John Brunhaver
Andrew Danowitz
Mark Horowitz Understanding Inefficiencies in General Purpose Processors

2009 Winners

The 2009 fellowship marked the inaugural year of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship program. In this first year, 46 proposals were received from which 8 finalists were selected. Two winning teams were each awarded a $100,000 Fellowship and mentorship from Qualcomm Engineers. 

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
Berkeley Leo Meyerovich
Seth Fowler
Ras Bodik Parallel Web Browsing for Mobile Devices
Stanford David Stavens
Jesse Levinson
Sebastian Thrun Precision Localization for Indoor Environments

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: