Feifei Qian

Postdoctoral fellow (Feb 2016-present)

Email: fqian [at] seas.upenn.edu

Feifei Qian is a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Pennsylvania. Feifei received her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2015, during which she focused on creating terradynamics models of legged animal and robot locomotion on granular terrains like sand, snow and gravel. During her postdoc research, Feifei is fascinated in studying the complex interactions between legged robots and obstacles, and searching for general principles that allow robots to exploit obstacles and disturbances to improve mobility in cluttered environments. Feifei is also leading the NSF project “Collaborative Robotic Systems for Geosciences Field Research”, where she develops novel methods for legged robots to characterize erodibility of dune surfaces and provide transformative field dataset to assist desert research.


(also listed with Google Scholar)

  1. F. Qian, D.J. Jerolmack, N. Lancaster, et al., “Ground Robotic Measurement of Aeolian Processes”. Aeolian Research, 27 (2017): 1-11.
  2. Aguilar, T. Zhang, F. Qian, et al., “A review on locomotion robophysics: the study of movement at the intersection of robotics, soft matter and dynamical systems”, Reports on Progress in Physics, 79 110001 (2016).
  3. F. Qian, T. Zhang, W. L. Korff, P. B. Umbanhowar, R. J. Full, and D. I. Goldman, “Principles of appendage design in robots and animals determining terradynamic performance on flowable ground.”, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 10.5 (2015): 056014.
  4. F. Qian and D. I. Goldman, “The dynamics of legged locomotion in heterogeneous terrain: universality in scattering and sensitivity to initial conditions”, in Proceedings of Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), 2015.
  5. F. Qian and D. I. Goldman, “Anticipatory control using substrate manipulation enables trajectory control of legged locomotion on heterogeneous granular media”, Proc. SPIE 9467, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VII, 2015.
  6. Zhang, F. Qian, et al., “Ground fluidization promotes rapid running of a lightweight robot”, International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR), 32, 859 (2013).
  7. F. Qian, K. Daffon, T. Zhang, and D. I. Goldman, “An automated system for systematic testing of locomotion on heterogeneous granular media”, In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), 2013.
  8. F. Qian, T. Zhang, C. Li, et al. Walking and running on yielding and fuidizing ground. In Proceedings of Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), Sydney, Australia, July 2012. (Winner of Best Student Paper Award)