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, 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.

September 8, 2017

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink is named ACABI Fellow: "The designation of ACABI Fellow formally recognizes faculty that are strongly active in innovation related to ACABI." ACABI is the Arizona Center for Accelerated BioMedical Innovation funded by Tech Launch Arizona, College of Engineering, and Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona.

July 31, 2017

The proposed InTelMed I/UCRC will devise and deploy biofeedback-controlled devices by integrating wearable sensors, bi-directional data exchange, cloud-based data analysis, health and disease status modeling and prediction, and prescribed intervention/treatment onto human smart service platforms. Biofeedback-controlled human smart service systems, as pursued by the InTelMed Center, have the potential to improve health and treatment outcome, and, thus, decrease outpatient healthcare costs.

November 15, 2016

The original series of the Star Wars movies in the 70's and 80's dazzled audiences with an array of fictional technologies, and many of those technologies are now part of our daily lives. Machines like space ships and space stations, powerful energy weapons, intelligent robotics, and sophisticated human prosthetics all seemed incredible when they appeared in the Star Wars stories. Prof. Wolfgang Fink explores the connection between science fiction and science fact, map the technological landscape of where we stand currently, and look to where we might be going.

October 2, 2016

Okularfest 2016 is a seven-hour symposium covering advances in diagnosis and treatment of anterior and posterior segment diseases. Twenty eye surgeons will be presenting on a variety of topics from retinal vascular disorders and femtosecond technology, to the latest in OCT scanning lasers to stem cell research. To attract top-notch expertise from across the country, the Retina Research Foundation of California once again partnered with Wolfgang Fink, Ph.D., in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at Caltech. Dr. Fink presented on the pupil as a gateway to the brain.

March 30, 2016

Planetary exploration and medical diagnostics might seem like topics for researchers in two different fields. But for Wolfgang Fink, the connection between the two is about equipping machines to make judgements normally entrusted to people.