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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, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, and Ophthalmology & Vision Science. He was a Visiting Associate in Physics appointment at Caltech (2001-2016), 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 (2005-2014). He was a Senior Researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2000-2009).

               


Current News

August 22, 2017

Dr. Wolfgang Fink is interviewed by SPIE's Jeff Braswell regarding tier-scalable reconnaissance, i.e., a disruptive paradigm shift in autonomous robotic space exploration.

October 29, 2018

University of Arizona professor Wolfgang Fink is recognized as fellow by Prognostics and Health Management Society. Wolfgang Fink has always had a knack for seeing how the pieces of a puzzle fit together. Once, when a team of researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was stumped on how to fix a problematic planetary rover arm, he suggested using a method he’d developed to improve the function of proteins, pointing out something no one had thought of before: Both robot arms and proteins have joints. It worked.

September 26, 2018

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang was elevated to Fellow of the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society. "The PHM Society recognizes Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink as one of the preeminent researchers in the fields of PHM for Autonomous Systems and Human Health & Performance. As such, he serves as the Sector Lead on “Human Health & Performance” to help the Society expand into this evolving field.

March 28, 2018

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink's research pertaining to the 4th Industrial Revolution is featured in this UANews article. As humans prepare to push off the safe haven of Earth and embark on journeys into deep space, a new generation of explorers is in the making — some of them human, some robotic and some with aspects of both.

March 28, 2018

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink has founded the Center for Informatics and Telehealth in Medicine (InTelMed) at the University of Arizona and already formed a strategic alliance with the Prognostics and Health Management Society (PHM Society)The InTelMed Center is an operational unit of the Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory under direction of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink.

March 5, 2018

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink has been named General Conference Chair for the Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society (PHM Society) to be held in Scottsdale, AZ in October 2019.