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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

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.

August 8, 2019

The 11th Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society, Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, September 21-26, brings together industrial, academic, and government leaders in unmanned vehicles and autonomous systems, wind energy, oil and gas, aerospace, transportation, automotive, precision agriculture, commercial space, human health & performance, smart manufacturing, and artificial intelligence (AI).

June 14, 2019

On behalf of the SPIE Board of Directors and the Membership Committee, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink has been elected to the grade of Senior Member of SPIE.

May 17, 2019

The Session: "Non-Deterministic Autonomy: a Hawking-Musk-esque Nightmare?!", chaired by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink at the SPIE DCS 2019 Conference, comprised four unique talks that completely challenged and obliterated commonly pursued concepts, such as Artificial Intelligence, for emulating the human mind. Addressed also was AI's flawed decision-making process with the hopes of the emergence of self-awareness.

January 1, 2019

Student-professor teams at Arizona do big things, like improve the ways humans and machines interact, use technology in new ways to benefit health and the environment, and more.

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.