Welcome to the

Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems
Research Laboratory

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink, FAIMBE, FPHM, FSPIE, UA FdaVinci, UA FACABI, Senior IEEE, 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 (2001-2009).


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.

January 21, 2020

University of Arizona electrical and computer engineering professor and Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair Wolfgang Fink is one of the newest Fellows of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, or SPIE. The organization, with a membership of about 255,000, has selected only 1,500 fellows since 1955. Fink received the designation “for achievements in vision science for the blind and tele-ophthalmic healthcare worldwide.”

January 5, 2020

On behalf of the SPIE Board of Directors and Fellows Committee, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink has been elected to Fellow SPIE "for achievements in vision science for the blind and tele-ophthalmic healthcare worldwide."

January 2, 2020

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink invited as Speaker at the "Can Chronic Diseases Be Reversed?" Symposium organized by Shalesh Kaushal MD, PhD, Comprehensive Retina Consultants to be held on February 14-15, 2020 at the Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, Palm Harbor, FL. World-renowned doctors, scientists, and researchers get together for a symposium about the new frontier of medicine - reversing chronic diseases.

December 2, 2019

UArizona researchers are currently taking devices previously controlled by humans to the next level — engineering them to have curiosity and the ability to problem-solve and network on their own. One such device has the ability to make diabetes an afterthought.

September 14, 2019

For many people, getting away from it all means decamping to a cabin in the woods or a house by the beach. Soon there may be another option: lifting off to a hotel serenely orbiting high above the planet. Though space hotels have long belonged only to the world of make-believe, that's about to change.