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Feifei Qian

WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


  • 2015, Doctoral Degree, Electrical and Computer Engineering , Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2011, Master's Degree, Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology


Feifei Qian joined the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in Jan 2020. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, in 2015 and 2011, respectively. Prior to her appointment at USC, she worked in the GRASP lab at University of Pennsylvania as a postdoctoral researcher from 2016 to 2019.

Dr. Qian’s expertise is in analyzing and modeling the complex interactions between robots and their locomotion environments and generating innovative control and sensing strategies to improve robot mobility on challenging terrains. In recent research, Qian studied the locomotion of legged robots and animals, and has uncovered principles and strategies to produce effective movement on granular terrains and in perturbation-rich environments. Using these principles, she is developing robots that can exploit obstacle disturbances to navigate cluttered environment, and robots that can use their leg as soil strength sensors to generate erodibility map by walking around the desert.

Qian’s research has been recognized by publications in various top journals and conferences including International Journal or Robotics Research, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Physical Review E, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, and Robotics: Science & Systems (best student paper 2012). Her work has also been covered by media press including R&D Magazine,, and BBC.

  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • EEB 306
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2563
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