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Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems
Research Laboratory


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink, FAIMBE, FPHMS, 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 held 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

$200,000 DOE/NREL-sponsored E-ROBOT Prize-winning video entry, devising a building envelope retrofit solution - wall-EIFS - that make retrofits easier, faster, safer and more accessible for workers.

September 22, 2021

A team of University researchers is one of 10 Phase 1 prize winners in the U.S. Department of Energy's Envelope Retrofit Opportunities for Building Optimization Technologies - or E-ROBOT - competition. The team, comprising Prof. Wolfgang Fink, Prof. Jonathan Bean and Dewey Benson of Energy Quest Technologies, Inc., developed wall-EIFS, a robotically applied, 3D-sprayable exterior insulation and finish system for building envelope retrofits.

September 16, 2021

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang featured on NPR/Arizona Public Media regarding co-winning the $200,000 DOE/NREL E-ROBOT Prize for developing a new way to apply insulation on historic buildings using robotic technology. The end goal is to put wall-scaling machines to work installing exterior insulation on buildings.

September 2, 2021

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink featured in University of Arizona College of Engineering News Release: "UArizona Team Led by Architecture Professor Jonathan Bean and Engineering Professor Wolfgang Fink Wins $200,000 ‘American-Made Challenge’ E-ROBOT Prize" to devise building envelope retrofit solutions that make retrofits easier, faster, safer and more accessible for workers.

August 19, 2021

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink co-wins the $200,000 DOE/NREL-sponsored E-ROBOT Prize, an American-Made Challenge, to devise building envelope retrofit solutions that make retrofits easier, faster, safer and more accessible for workers. The team "wall-EIFS" co-led by Prof. Fink devised wall-EIFS: a robotically applied, 3D-sprayable exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) for building envelope retrofits.

March 9, 2021

Autonomous robotic reconnaissance missions are called for in extreme environments, as well as in potentially hazardous or inaccessible operational areas on planetary surfaces and subsurfaces. Such future missions will necessitate multi-tiered architectures and require increased degrees of operational autonomy, especially when following up on transient events in (near) real time. This talk reported on ongoing research and development efforts at the VAESRL that focus on several aspects of an autonomous C4ISR robotic testbed for planetary exploration.