Xuehai Qian

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Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering-Systems and Computer Science


  • 2013, Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2007, Master's Degree, Computer Engineering, Institute of Computing Technology
  • 2004, Bachelor's Degree, Computer Engineering, Beihang University


I have a Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I lead ALCHEM (Architecture Lab for Creative High-performance Energy-efficient Machines) at USC. Our group focuses on computer architecture, its interactions with software/systems and the implication of emerging technologies. Our research takes a vertical approach and considers multifaceted aspects to realize the vision of correct, high performance and energy efficient intelligent systems. The unique vertical approach tackles the challenges by focusing on the interactions across multiple system stacks including applications, programming model, runtime/compiler, architecture and emerging technology. This approach fully exploits all the opportunities that are not sufficient, or even possible if only one system layer is considered. We are currently working on several topics including Correctness of Concurrency, Data Movement and Performance, Architectural Supports for Irregular Applications, Embedded Intelligence, Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Systems and Stochastic Computing for Machine Learning.

Research Summary

Computer architecture.
System and architecture for graph processing and machine learning. Hardware acceleration with emerging technologies


  • 2015 Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) One of 200 selected to participate
  • 2013 UIUC W.J. Poppelbaum Memorial Award
  • 2011 UIUC Nominated for an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship
  • 2008 UIUC Nominated for a Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship
  • 2007 UIUC Andrew and Shana Laursen Fellowship
  • 2007 ICT, CAS Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award
  • 2007 ICT, CAS NOKIA Fellowship
  • 2004 Beihang University Outstanding Bachelor’s Thesis Award
  • 2003 Beihang University QIAN Changzhao Award
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems
  • Computer Science

  • EEB EEB 204
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2562

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-4459
  • xuehai.qian@usc.edu


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