Welcome to the

Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems
Research Laboratory

Wolfgang Fink, Ph.D., founded the Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory in 2003 at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA.

Since October 2009, Dr. Fink has been an Associate Professor and the inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair in Microelectronics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Systems & Industrial Engineering, and Ophthalmology & Vision Science. He has a Visiting Associate in Physics appointment at Caltech, as well as concurrent appointments as Visiting Research Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.            


Current News

The real star of the upcoming "Star Wars" movie may not be a human or a Wookie. Instead, it may be a round, 2-foot-tall astromech droid named BB-8. Associate Professor Dr. Wolfgang Fink, who is the inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair, comments on the droids of Star Wars in general and BB-8 in particular.

August 27, 2015

UA engineers are working on endowing a robot with the ability to spot the unusual, so that it can explore other planets or environments on its own instead of merely executing pre-programmed commands.

July 22, 2015

Tucson seniors pursue their interests in solar power and bionics in the UA's electrical and computer engineering labs before starting their undergraduate studies.

December 7, 2014

UA College of Engineering expert in artificial vision systems honored for his inventive and interdisciplinary research and teaching. Like many men of science, Wolfgang Fink works in diverse disciplines and enjoys eclectic avocations. He’s a physicist, an engineer, an educator, an inventor, a licensed helicopter pilot and a classically trained pianist. You might call him a Renaissance man.

November 26, 2014

Professor Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, takes on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness.

February 10, 2014

UA engineers under direction of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink have turned an off-the-shelf digital camera into an imaging device that could be key in the search for life forms on other planets. The next time a NASA rover blasts off to explore Mars or some other planet, it might be equipped with a new type of "do-it-all" camera developed by an engineering team at the University of Arizona.