Robotics high on Qualcomm's agenda

May 19, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Qualcomm Technologies has announced the winners of its Europe Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) program, all three involved in one form of robotics or another. The QInF is a program run annually that aims to reward and mentor the most innovative engineering PhD students across Europe and the United States.

In the European edition, top three applicants Elias Mueggler from ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, Tim de Bruin from TU Delft and Jason Lee from ETH Zurich will receive $40,000 as part of the fellowship along with mentoring by a Qualcomm researcher to pursue their research.

“This year’s proposals focused on hot topic areas of research including, computer vision, machine learning, and autonomous navigation,” said Peter Rauber, Senior Director of Engineering at Qualcomm International, Inc. “QInF helps us support external innovation by working with top PhD students from elite universities across Europe to mentor them and help propel their ideas forward.”

Elias Mueggler's proposal, “Event-based Vision for High-Speed Robotics”, focuses on investigating how to use event-based cameras in autonomously moving robots such as drones. Supervised by Professor Davide Scaramuzza, the student will bring microsecond-resolution image processing to fast moving mobile robots a step closer, by creating a generic six-degrees-of-freedom Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system with event based cameras.

Tim de Bruin, supervised by Professor Robert Babuska and Professor Karl Tuyls, has been selected for his proposal “Unsupervised Multimodal State-representation Learning for Robotics" which combines reinforcement- and deep learning to make robots learn a uniform representation of their state and their environment to learn new tasks autonomously.