Curiosity Driven Research

To drive innovation, you must be innovative. The Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego represents an experiment in inventing the university research environment of the future, where ideas are born from curiosity and go beyond theory and into practice.



Proximate opportunities to enable joint research projects between the private and public sector and the campus research community.



Anyone from students to start-ups can access QI infrastructure, facilities and tools to engage in rapid design, development and deployment.

Study co-author Amay Bandodkar demonstrates how the ChemPhys patch works while riding a stationary b

Engineers Take First Step Toward Flexible, Wearable, Tricoder-Like Device

The Chem-Phys patch monitors both biochemical and electric signals in the human body at the same time — a first.


Molecular-Scale Nanoelectronic Devices
Time: 1:00pm
Location: RM 2512, Jacobs Hall, UCSD


Xconomy Forum: Big Data Meets Big Biology
Time: 2:00pm-5:30pm
Illumina Theatre at the Alexandria, San Diego


Center for Networked Systems Spring Research Review
Time: All Day
Malamud Room, Weaver Conference Center, UCSD


Filmatic Festival 2016
Time: 10:00am-10:00pm
Location: Calit2 Auditorium and Theater, Atkinson Hall, UCSD

"Qualcomm Institute represents a new mechanism to address large-scale societal issues by bringing together multidisciplinary teams of the best minds."



QI offers state-of-the-art laboratory space and equipment, well-trained staff and an array of technical services to partners both on- and off-campus. Anyone from students to start-ups can access QI infrastructure, facilities and tools to engage in rapid design, development and deployment. To learn more about services at QI, click here.

Events at Qualcomm Institute

QI is recognized the world over as a premiere venue for events and performances, both for the academic community and the general public. The Atkinson Hall Auditorium and associated performance spaces are outfitted with some of the most cutting-edge audio-visual equipment available anywhere, and QI's experienced staff is committed to making every event a success. A custom-designed facilities tour is a great way to envision what success might look like for you.

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Audio / Visual - Media Technology Resources

The Media Technology Resources team for Qualcomm Institute / California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), UCSD Division provides Audio-Visual technical support for many of the public facilities within the Atkinson Hall building located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.


Qualcomm Institute Innovation Space (QIIS)


Consistent with its original mandate, the Qualcomm Institute, the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), is undertaking a major new effort to engage with industry, startups and national laboratories – by opening an Innovation Space for them in the institute’s headquarters building on the UCSD campus. Select partners will be invited to lease space and locate their personnel within the Qualcomm Institute (QI) Innovation Space, offering more proximate opportunities to enable joint research projects between the private and public sector and the campus research community.


Tours at QI

Guided tours and research demonstrations are available to collaborators of California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, Qualcomm Institute, at University of California San Diego, on a recharge basis, pending approval. Standard tours and demos last one hour and include 15 minutes of 4K projection in the Auditorium, demonstrations of VROOM and StarCAVE, and guided tours of specialized research labs such as Nano3, Robotics, or the gallery. One hour is sufficient for a group of up to 12 people.

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NANO 3 Micro/Nano-Fabrication Facility

The Nano3 facility provides access to advanced capabilities for fabrication and characterization of nano/micro-devices in state-of-the-art class 100/1000 cleanroom, materials analysis, and microfluidics device laboratories. The facility is one of 16 nation-wide sites of the National Science Foundation (NSF) supported National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).

The name Nano3 reflects the synergetic nature of the facility, focusing on three fields of nanoscale research and development within the space - Nanoscience, Nanoengineering and Nanomedicine. Nano3 makes readily available a broad range of state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization instrumentation that is often infeasible for individual investigators to acquire, operate, and maintain. The facility provides an environment that naturally enhances interactions among faculty, researchers, and students working on highly diverse aspects of solid-state, organic, and nanostructured materials and devices. Nano3 also offers several hands-on introductory training courses in microfabrication and microfluidic device fabrication, helping to lower the entry barrier for users with even very limited exposure to these areas.


Wireless Systems

The explosive growth in demand for spectrum is driven by the increasing number of mobile devices and the expectation that they will be used for high-bandwidth applications, such as video. To meet this challenge, Calit2 faculty is researching how to dynamically exploit all available degrees of freedom (frequency, space, time, and polarization) and heterogeneousand opportunistic use of the 500 MHz to 5 GHz spectrum. Faculty is also looking at very wide-band wireless data delivery to enable 3D video and cloud computing. The shift from centralized to distributed systems (femtocells and mesh networks) will continue, as will the exponential growth of the Internet of things. To innovate around these trends, our faculty is working on advanced coding and MIMO systems, reducing the power consumption of radio systems, mixed signal circuits, and coping with the nonlinearity of radio components and the heterogeneity of radio capabilities. Both campuses are developing high- fidelity experimental platforms.

Immersive Visualization Lab

The Immersive Visualization Laboratory (IVL) is dedicated to building, applying, and propagating infrastructure for high-end visualization and virtual reality experiments. Its facilities include, among others, the StarCAVE, a five-sided virtual reality environment offering 360-degree, stereoscopic 3D; the NexCAVE, TourCAVE, and 4KAVE, LCD micropolarized flat-panel virtual reality displays; the Wide-Angle Virtual Environment (WAVE), a 35-screen 12'x25' immersive, curved passive 3D display wall; the 8’x32’ 64-megapixel VROOM display, Globy, a crystal ball-like 3D display, and Atkinson Hall’s auditorium, home to the world’s most advanced 8K digital cinema projector. The IVL is also the visualization center for the global virtual parallel OptIPuter and the Pacific Research Platform Partnership. The IVL is now applying its R&D to consumer VR devices flooding the personal technology marketplace.


Prototyping Lab

The Prototyping Facility is a set of labs created to provide a wide variety of professional prototyping support for UC San Diego campus researchers and external collaborators. Through a recharge system, staff engineers offer specialized electrical and mechanical design services and system programming. Their expertise spans a wide range of technologies and application domains, from biomedical and embedded systems to robotics, mechatronics and wireless. A particular strength of the facility’s team is their ability to fully integrate the electronics, mechanical elements and software of a system in a single design flow, and help build entire system prototypes from the ground up. The facility provides access to engineering support, design software, assembly tools, bench space, 3D printers and a dedicated machine shop.



Qualcomm Institute represents an experiment in inventing the university research environment of the future to continue to fuel innovation in the global economy. It builds horizontal links among departments to foster multidisciplinary studies by creating research teams located anywhere because of the Internet. It supports involvement by faculty, students, industry, government, and community partners by enabling prototyping in QI "living laboratories," and provides technical professionals as the bridge between academia and industry.