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The real star of the upcoming "Star Wars" movie may not be a human or a Wookie. Instead, it may be a round, 2-foot-tall astromech droid named BB-8. Associate Professor Dr. Wolfgang Fink, who is the inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair, comments on the droids of Star Wars in general and BB-8 in particular.

March 30, 2016

Planetary exploration and medical diagnostics might seem like topics for researchers in two different fields. But for Wolfgang Fink, the connection between the two is about equipping machines to make judgments normally entrusted to people.

March 29, 2016

What better way to help create a rich breeding ground for innovation and an accessible path to meaningful careers for students? Learn how professors Clara Curiel, Wolfgang Fink, and George Ruyle are using endowed funds to address humanity’s most pressing challenges and open doors to new discovery for students.

December 16, 2015

The latest 'Star Wars' installment is bringing back some of the series most iconic characters. But, we are also expecting some new stars - including one beach-ball shaped robot named BB-8. That character is drawing up interest at the University of Arizona, where one associate professor decided to weigh-in on the latest robot to make its big screen debut, telling KGUN9 - he thinks the robot has evolved from its previous co-stars.

December 15, 2015

It’s undeniable the Star Wars franchise has had a lasting effect on popular culture, bringing science fiction to the mainstream and creating a sub-culture all its own. In 1977, “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” hit theaters. Despite studio expectations the film would flop, it ended up dazzling audiences. Among those watching in awe was a young Wolfgang Fink, who is now an associate professor of electrical, computer and biomedical engineering, and the Keonjian Endowed Chair of Microelectronics at the Univ. of Arizona.

December 1, 2015

The real star of the upcoming “Star Wars” movie may not be a human or a Wookie. Instead it may be a round, two-foot tall astromech droid called BB-8. He may look great on screen, but can BB-8 exist in real life? UA researcher Wolfgang Fink would know, as both an expert in artificially intelligent Mars rovers and an unabashed “Star Wars” fan. As a longtime “Star Wars” devotee and someone who spends an awful lot of time around robots, Fink has done his fair share of thinking about the astromech droids seen in the franchise.

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