Venkat Chinta

  • Camera Software Engineer at Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc
  • San Diego, California, United States
  • Wireless

Previous positions

  • Graduate Researcher at Mechatronics Lab
  • Guest Engineer at Fermilab


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Master of Science (MS), Mechanical Engineering



Experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working on Embedded platforms. Skilled in C/C++, RTOS, Computer Vision and Sensors. Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering focused on technologies for self-driving cars from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


  • Camera Software Engineer

    Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc

    October 2017 – Present(2 years)San Diego, California

    – Develop thread safe kernel drivers for real-time and non-real-time devices in the Snapdragon SoC Imaging Pipeline. – Design and implement driver frameworks for various camera hardware such as MIPI CSI sensors, ISP Blocks, Image Processing Engines, Video/Image encoders. – Implement OEM feature requests using Image Processing Hardware blocks Skills: Real-Time Systems, Embedded Systems, Thread-Safe Programming, Image Processing Tools: C/C++, Linux Kernel Programming, Real-Time Linux, Git

  • Graduate Researcher

    Mechatronics Lab

    August 2016 – October 2017(1 year 2 months)Blacksburg, VA

    Developed a Real-Time HDR camera suitable for autonomous vehicles, capable of streaming HDR video at 40 fps at up to 160 dB dynamic range. Skills: Embedded Systems Design, Embedded Firmware, Image Processing Tools: C/C++, CUDA, OpenCV, Matlab

  • Guest Engineer


    July 2014 – August 2014(1 month)Warrenville, IL

    Worked on the Mu2e Tracker team under Dr. Aseet Mukherjee. – Designed and developed a feedback controlled, automated electro-mechanical system for straw installation and tensioning in tracker rings. – Participated in all phases of both Hardware and Software development – design, development and testing. – Delivered budget goal of prototype cost < 700 USD. – Delivered performance goal of installation time < 5 min per straw. Skills: Control System Design, Microcontroller based System Design, Software Development, HW/SW Integration Tools: C++, Python, Processing, Keil MDK-ARM, ARM DSP Library, AutoCAD 2015, Libero SoC Design Suite


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Master of Science (MS), Mechanical Engineering

    2015 – 2017

  • Visvesvaraya Technological University

    Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.), Electronics and Communications Engineering

    2011 – 2015

    Activities and Societies

    GLUG, Literati, College Chess Team, NSS.


  • English

    Full professional proficiency

  • Telugu

    Native or bilingual proficiency


  • Cooperative Navigation in Sparsely Populated Swarms

    IOSR Journal of Computer Engineering

    July 2015

    The current state of the art techniques for robot swarm navigation use communication assisted local interactions to achieve a cooperative solution to the problem. While this solution provides optimum, near-shortest paths in swarms of considerable population, it fails to scale well with reduction in population. A solution to this shortcoming by incorporating cardinality in the swarm and utilizing it to impose constraints on the robots’ possible movements is proposed. The solution is tested using time and population as parameters of performance. Performance is compared with that of existing communication assisted algorithm to accentuate the improvement in performance and outline possible future work in the area.

    Authors (4):
    • Venkat Chinta,
    • Thyagaraj Tanjavur,
    • Sumukh Umesha,
    • Karun S


  • Automated Force Measurement for Moog Brush Blocks

    August 2016

    Developed an automated system for the measurement of brush force in brush blocks manufactured by Moog for quality & testing. – Delivered system performance as per customer needs – Delivered multiple stretch goals to enhance the system Skills: Linear Actuators, Force Sensors, Data Logging, User Interface, Microcontroller-Based System Design, Software Engineering Tools: CAN Bus, Moog SMI, Processing, C++

    Team Members (1):
    • Venkat Chinta
  • Robot Swarm Navigation

    September 2014 – May 2015

    Collaborated with two students to design an algorithm for navigation in sparsely populated swarms comprising of robots with limited capabilities. – Designed and developed a robot suitable for swarming. – Participated in all phases of both Hardware and Software development – design, development and testing. – Delivered budget goal of robot cost < 40 USD. – Delivered performance improvement of 4.8% over previous algorithms. Skills: Robotics, Path Planning, Algorithm Analysis & Design, Embedded System Design, Sensors & Actuators Tools: C++, Keil MDK-ARM RTOS, MATLAB, PSpice, AutoCAD 2015

    Team Members (4):
    • Venkat Chinta,
    • Sumukh Umesha,
    • Karun S,
    • Thyagaraj Tanjavur

Skills & Expertise

  • Device Drivers
  • Gerrit
  • Git
  • RTOS
  • Matlab
  • Robotics
  • JIRA
  • PSpice
  • Embedded C
  • Embedded Linux
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Image Processing
  • Python
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • Microsoft Office
  • GNU Octave
  • PowerPoint
  • Embedded Systems
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Embedded C++
  • VLSI
  • Keil
  • Microcontrollers
  • C
  • C++
  • RTLinux
  • Microsoft Word
  • ROOT
  • Programming
  • Java
  • AutoCAD
  • Software Development
  • SQL


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Dynamics & Control(AOE 5204)
  • Applied Linear Systems(AOE 5754)
  • Nonlinear Systems Theory(AOE 5774)
  • Advanced Mechatronics(ME 5735G)
  • Systems Engineering(ENGR 5004)
  • Applied Numerical Methods(AOE 4404)

Visvesvaraya Technological University

  • HDL
  • Programming in C++
  • Power Electronics
  • Microelectronics
  • Computer Communication Networks
  • Digital Communication
  • Analog Communication
  • Control Systems
  • Signals & Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Embedded Systems Design
  • Operating Systems
  • Image Processing
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • Microprocessors
  • Microcontrollers


  • BMS Institute of Technology

    NSS Student Coordinator

    August 2013 – May 2015

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Student Coordinator

    National Service Scheme, BMSIT

    October 2011 – June 2015(3 years 8 months)Social Services

    – Led a team of about 65 volunteers to organize government funded youth service programmes. – Coordinated Blood Donation events, Medical Camps, Cleanliness Drives, Voting Drives for 1000+ participants per event.

Causes Venkat cares about:

  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Education
  • Politics
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Services