Signatures Innovation Fellows
The Signatures Innovation Fellows Program supports innovative research by UC Berkeley faculty and researchers in the data science and software areas with a special focus on projects that hold commercial promise. The Program is committed to the development and support of visionary faculty entrepreneurs and leadership teams on their journey to building great companies.
Signatures Innovation Fellows each receive discretionary research support of up to $100,000/year for a maximum of two years. In addition, the Fellows become part of and contribute to an ecosystem that brings together faculty, post-docs, students, staff and alumni to form a strong network that assists researchers in introducing their discoveries to the market.
Inaugurated in spring 2015, the Program currently supports four Fellows:
- Alexei Pozdnukhov, Civil and Enviromental Engineering, with a project focused on urban mobility analytics;
- Ruzena Bajcsy, EECS, who is working with graduate student Robert Matthews on the development of individualized human models of movement, with translation to assistive robotic devices such as exoskeletons;
- Lisa García Bedolla, Graduate School of Education and Political Science, who is working with postdoctoral fellow Cristhian Parra on enhancing civic engagement among a diverse electorate; and
- Vern Paxson, EECS, who is working with graduate student Matthias Vallentin on high-fidelity network forensics.
Past recipients include Jasjeet Sekhon with a project to improve tools for public opinion research.