27 Jul 2021 21:22 IST

Two IIITH students clinch Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

The students received a cash prize of ₹10 lakh and mentorship support

Pranay Gupta and Debtanu Gupta, who represent the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT Hyderabad), have won this year’s Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship for their proposal titled ‘Deep Neural Models For Generalised Synthesis of Multi-avatar Actions.’

It is the second consecutive fellowship award for the institute, according to an IIITH executive. A faculty team of Madhava Krishna and Vineet Gandhi with their students Unni Krishnan Nair and Nivedita Rufus, won the fellowship last year for their work on ‘Language-based Navigation with Object Referenced Spatiotemporal Constraints in Autonomous Driving.’

The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF) promotes research and development through a collaborative effort with university students. Though launched in the US in 2009, the fellowship programme was brought to India in 2016.

“This year 13 teams have been declared winners with each of them receiving a financial award of ₹10 lakh in addition to the assignment of a Qualcomm researcher as mentor for a period of a year to support the students in their research goals,” the executive said.