Rachael Burns (née Bevill) received her BSc and MSc degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the George Washington University (GW) in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Attending college in Washington, DC brought an interesting mix of business, law and politics to her engineering education! This sparked her interest in device accessibility, regulatory law, and the process of taking a medical device from conception, to development, and finally to market availability.
Burns has research experience in human-robot interaction, neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, and tissue engineering. She currently works in the Haptic Intelligence lab of Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker as a 2017 Whitaker International Fellow. Burns conducted her graduate research under Dr. Chung Hyuk Park in the Assistive Robotics and Telemedicine (ART-Med) Lab at GW. During her undergraduate career, Burns spent two years researching for Dr. Lijie Grace Zhang in the GW Bioengineering Laboratory for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering.
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