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Assistant Professor

Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Mechanical Engineering, Alabama Life Research Institute

3011 South Engineering Research Center
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B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, 2014;
M.S., Mechatronics Engineering, Wuhan University, 2017;
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Pittsburgh, 2019;
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & North Carolina State University, 2021.


Dr. Qiang Zhang joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor in August 2023. Prior to that, between 11/2021 and 08/2023, he was an Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training (ARRT) Post-Doctoral research fellow in the Closed Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation at the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. His general research areas include Wearable Robotics and Control, Neuromuscular Modeling and Control, Advanced Controls, Human Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering.

His current research interests include biological signal-based neuromusculoskeletal modeling, human motion intent detection, Lyapunov-based nonlinear control/adaptive control, machine learning-based control, surface electromyography/ultrasound imaging processing, and their applications to wearable robotic devices’ control and next-generation healthcare.

Honors and Awards

  • The finalist for the Best Student Paper Award of the 2019 IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR);
  • The 2021 UNC/NCSU BME Department Ph.D. Student Research Award;
  • The 2022 ASME DSCD Rising Star Award 2022;
  • The Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, UNC-Chapel Hill 2023;
  • The finalist for the Journal of Biomechanics Award 2023;
  • The Diversity Travel Award at ASB 2023;
  • The finalist at the NIDILRR-sponsored Early Career Investigator Symposium 2023.

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Nitin Sharma, Qiang Zhang, Albert Dodson, and Ashwin Iyer. “Systems for closed-loop ultrasound-imaging based control and related methods.” U.S. Patent Application 17/937,946, filed April 13, 2023.
  • Q. Zhang, K. Lambeth, Z. Sun, A. Dodson, X. Bao, and N. Sharma*, “Evaluation of a Fused Sonomyography and Electromyography-based Control on a Cable-Driven Ankle Exoskeleton”, IEEE Trans. Robot., 2022 (DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2023.3236958).
  • Q. Zhang, V. Nalam, X. Tu, M. Li, J. Si, M. Lewek, and H. Huang*, “Imposing Healthy Hip Movement Pattern and Range by Exoskeleton Control for Individualized Assistance”, IEEE Robot. Autom. Lett., vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 11126-11133, 2022.
  • Q. Zhang, K. Lambeth, A. Iyer, Z. Sun, and N. Sharma*, “Ultrasound Imaging-based Closed-Loop Control of Functional Electrical Stimulation for Drop Foot Correction”, IEEE Trans. Control Syst. Technol., 2022 (DOI: 10.1109/TCST.2022.3207999).
  • Q. Zhang, K. Kim*, and N. Sharma*, “Prediction of Ankle Dorsiflexion Moment by Combined Ultrasound Sonography and Electromyography,” IEEE Trans. Neural Syst. Rehabil. Eng., vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 318–327, 2020.