Qualcomm has announced the winners of its Innovation Fellowship India Program for the academic year 2018-19. The program is created by Qualcomm India’s R&D team and it focuses on Masters and PhD students from top institutes across the country. The winners, up to two students and sponsoring faculty advisors, will receive an award of Rs 10 lakhs each, along with an assignment of Qualcomm India researchers as mentors to facilitate close interaction with Qualcomm India Research.
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Qualcomm Incorporated announced eight winners of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF) program in India for the academic year 2018-19. QIF, a program created by Qualcomm India’s R&D team, focuses on Masters and PhD students from top institutes across the country to cultivate new and forward-thinking ideas. The winners - up to two students and sponsoring faculty advisor(s) - will receive an award of INR 10 lakhs (approx. $15,000) each, plus assignment of Qualcomm India researchers as mentors to facilitate close interaction with Qualcomm India Research.
The third edition of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, India Program received a total of 95 high-quality submissions from students on topics like:
o Artificial Intelligence
o Advances in Communication Techniques & Theory
o Automated Driver Assistance System
o Computer Vision and Extended Reality
o Machine Learning
o Multimedia: Imaging, Audio & Video
o Advanced Semiconductors
o Computer Architecture
The eight winning teams of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, India Program 2018 are:
o Aadirupa Saha recommended by Prof. Aditya Gopalan from IISc – Bangalore for her proposal on “Battle of Bandits”
o Vineeth Kumar V recommended by Prof. Neelesh B. Mehta from IISc – Bangalore for his proposal on “Feedback Overhead Reduction in 5G using Base Station-Side Estimation”
o Anirban Ghose and Srijeeta Maity recommended by Prof. Soumyajit Dey and Prof. Pabitra Mitra from IIT – Kharagpur for their proposal on “Intelligent ADAS Task Management on Heterogeneous Automotive Architectures”
o Prashant Pandey and Varun Srivastava recommended by Prof. AP Prathosh from IIT – Delhi for their proposal on “Non-contact Cardio-Pulmonary Assessment in the wild using imaging techniques”
o Manoj A and Rashmi P recommended by Prof. Arun Pachai Kannu from IIT – Madras for their proposal on “Quantum Theoretic Codes for the Cell Discovery Problem in mm Wave Communication Systems”
o Suraj Srivastava and Saumya Dwivedi recommended by Prof. Aditya K. Jagannatham from IIT – Kanpur for their proposal on “Sparse Signal Processing for 5G mm Wave Hybrid MIMO Technology”
o Abbhinav Venkat and Sai Sagar Jinka recommended by Prof. Avinash Sharma from IIIT - Hyderabad for their proposal on “Textured Non-rigid 3D Reconstruction in a calibration free environment”
o Jerin Geo James recommended by Prof. Ajit Rajwade from IIT – Bombay for his proposal on “Underwater Image Processing: Point Tracking, Motion Segmentation, Restoration”
The QIF committee selected Avisek Lahiri and Abhinav Agarwalla recommended by Prof. Prabir K Biswas and Prof. Pabitra Mitra from IIT-Kharagpur, for their proposal on “Domain Adversarial Networks for Bridging Cross Domain Semantic Gaps in Computer Vision” as the Second Year Fellowship Winner for the academic year 2018.
Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology, encouraged the winners to actively consider commercialising their ideas. “The DST is actively promoting new areas of Science & Technology. The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship program aligns with this objective and I am pleased to see that it encourages young research scholars to develop their ideas through active support and mentorship. I am excited to see their interest and desire to invent and innovate. There has never been a better time to try to convert ideas into commercial solutions. I look forward to seeing wider participation in the coming years.”
“The response to the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, India Program is growing each passing year and we are impressed by the various proposals sent to us,” Dr. Dhananjay Gore, Senior Director Engineering, Head of Qualcomm Research India, “The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship is an initiative meant to foster research and innovation across a broad range of technical research areas.”
Speaking at the awards presentation, Mr. Parag Kar, Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd. said, “It is enriching to be able to meet and interact with the teams who have participated in bringing different innovations to the table. We congratulate the winning teams and look forward to working closely with them as they work to bring their research goals to reality.”
The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF), India Program was launched in 2016 with an aim to engage with the academic community to encourage and support advanced engineering research; this included predominantly Graduate, Post Graduate and PhD, students from top institutes across the country. This annual program works to amplify student knowledge and foster a culture of innovation and invention amongst the academic community. QIF invests in University research students, engineering schools, professors and students to advance their research and accelerate the development of key technologies.
For more information about the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship and the winning proposals, please visit www.qualcomm.com/research/university-relations/innovation-fellowship