UT ECE PhD student Ms. Debarati Kundu has been selected as one of the winners of the 2014 Roberto Padovani Scholarship for being one of the best performing interns at Qualcomm. Named after Dr. Roberto Padovani, one of the leading innovators of the company, the scholarship, first created in 2008, is awarded each year to about seven Qualcomm Corporate Research and Development interns out of hundreds of interns. The winners receive a cash award of $5,000. In addition, they are eligible to receive a return bonus of $12,000 if they come back to Qualcomm Corporate R&D for a second internship or a full-time position.
Debarati worked with the Qualcomm Corporate R&D team in Bangalore, India. Her work focussed on developing algorithms for automatic online handwriting recognition of the Devanagari script (a script popularly used in India) and their implementation on the Android platform. Her manager was Dr. Pawan Baheti.
At UT, Debarati's research interests lie at the intersection of image and video processing, computer graphics and machine learning. She is a part of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group and is advised by Dr. Brian Evans.