Rachael L'Orsa completed two degrees at the University of British Columbia: a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (2010) and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (with Computer Science minor, 2011). She received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary (2016), and is currently enrolled in their PhD program for Electrical Engineering. She maintains a Primary Care Paramedic license in British Columbia and is very active in youth robotics mentorship.
Her research focus is control systems, specifically for the Robot-Assisted Space Telemetry (RAST) system proposed by the Project neuroArm team to provide the International Space Station with critical medical interventions via a teleoperated surgical robot with some semi-autonomous capabilities.
Our goal is to understand the principles of Perception, Action and Learning in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems