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, and Ophthalmology & Vision Science. He has a Visiting Associate in Physics appointment at Caltech, 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.            


October 7, 2015

The panel will be comprised of three UA Martian experts: Wolfgang Fink, Alfred McEwen and Gene Giacomelli. McEwen was an author the recent NASA report about finding evidence of flowing water on Mars. Fink is an engineer who researches autonomous decision-making algorithms that could one day be utilized by a Mars rover. Giacomelli is the director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center here at the UA and is helping to design greenhouses that could grow food on Mars.

October 7, 2015

The panel will be comprised of three of UA's preeminent experts on different aspects of Mars: Wolfgang Fink, Alfred McEwen – who recently co-authored the NASA report finding strong evidence of flowing water on the Red Planet – and Gene Giacomelli. The discussion will be moderated by Susan Swanberg, distinguished science journalist and assistant professor in the School of Journalism.

October 4, 2015

Okularfest 2015 is a 7 hour symposium covering advances in diagnosis and treatment of anterior and posterior segment diseases. 20 surgeons presented on a variety of topics, e.g., retinal vascular disorders, femtosecond technology, OCT scanning lasers, and 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 smart ophthalmic mobile- and tele-health applications.

August 27, 2015

UA engineers are working on endowing a robot with the ability to spot the unusual, so that it can explore other planets or environments on its own instead of merely executing pre-programmed commands.

July 22, 2015

Tucson seniors pursue their interests in solar power and bionics in the UA's electrical and computer engineering labs before starting their undergraduate studies.