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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 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.

December 23, 2020

The Prognostics and Health Management Society has elected Wolfgang Fink, electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering professor and inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair in the College of Engineering, as the organization’s vice president. "I feel deeply honored by the confidence entrusted to me by the Executive Board of Directors to help define, direct, and advance the goals and aspirations of the PHM Society," Fink said. "Taking on such a leadership role is the culmination of my involvement with the PHM Society."

November 30, 2020

University of Arizona biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering professor Wolfgang Fink received the inaugural Scott Clements Most Valuable Person Award at the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society’s 12th annual conference. The Scott Clements MVP Award recognizes individuals who have contributed to community engagement, cross-sector initiatives and other support of the PHM Society. The Society awarded Fink both for his contributions to their events and his assistance in gaining broader recognition from the scientific community.