Qing Zhao, PhD, PEng

Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept
Director of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept
(780) 492-5792
11-265 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Director of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

Controls fault detection data analytics


Qing Zhao received her BSc degree in control engineering from Northeastern University (NEU), Shenyang, P. R. China, and the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Western Ontario (Currently known as Western University), London, Ontario, Canada, in July 1993 and October 1999, respectively. She was an assistant professor in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, from Oct. 1999 to Sept. 2000. Since September 2000, she has been with the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, where she is currently a professor. During her first sabbatical leave from Aug. 2008 to Sept. 2009, Dr. Zhao has visited 2 institutes in Europe. Awarded an international scholar grant, she was a visiting professor of the Control Engineering Department at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, from Aug. 2008 to Dec. 2008; from Jan. 2009 to July 2009, she was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers and was a visiting professor at Univ. of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany. From Nov. 2019 to Jan. 2020, she visited the laboratory of Synthetical Automation for Process Industries (SAPI) at NEU, China, while she was on her second sabbatical leave. She has been a member of IEEE, AIAA, ISA and she is a registered professional engineer in Canada. She has served several technical and professional committees. She is currently a Member-at-Large of the Canadian Engineering Qualification Board (CEQB) serving the Syllabus Committee and the Admission Committee; a member of the Board of Examiner for Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Canada; an international committee member of China Automation Association (CAA) Technical Committee on Fault Diagnosis and Safety of Technical Processes. She was a panel member of Strategic Grant Selection Panel of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.


Research Interests:

  • Fault detection and diagnosis
  • Fault tolerant control
  • Robust and optimal control
  • Signal processing
  • Industrial data analytics
  • Machine condition monitoring
  • UAV control and estimation

Current Research Projects:

  • Controls and monitoring in data-rich environment (PI, NSERC)
  • Data analytics and learning based industrial diagnostics and monitoring systems (PI, NSERC and Honeywell)
  • Fault detection in networked and distributed systems - UofA “Centre for Autonomous Systems in Strengthening Future Communities” Theme 1 (Co-investigator, Alberta)
  • Fault detection and fault tolerant control in power converters - "Towards Future Interconnected Electric System" Theme 2 (Co-investigator, NSERC and APIC)


I am currently recruiting MSc and PhD students. Students with strong interests and background knowledge in controls, fault detection, and data analysis are encouraged to contact me.


ECE 460 - Control Systems II

Introduction to computer control, sample and hold, discrete-time systems. States and state space models. Linearization of nonlinear state-space models. Solving linear time-invariant state-space equations. Discretization of continuous-time systems. Controllability and observability, and their algebraic tests. Minimal state-space realizations. State feedback and eigenvalue/pole assignment, deadbeat control. Step tracking control design. State estimation and observer design. Observer based control. Introduction to linear quadratic optimal control. Prerequisites: ECE 360 or E E 357, and ECE 340. Credit may be obtained in only one of ECE 460 or E E 460.

Winter Term 2021
ECE 760 - Advanced Topics in Control Systems

Winter Term 2021

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