November 15, 2016

The original series of the Star Wars movies in the 70's and 80's dazzled audiences with an array of fictional technologies, and many of those technologies are now part of our daily lives. Machines like space ships and space stations, powerful energy weapons, intelligent robotics, and sophisticated human prosthetics all seemed incredible when they appeared in the Star Wars stories. This interactive talk by Prof. Wolfgang Fink explores the connection between science fiction and science fact, map the technological landscape of where we stand currently, and look to where we might be going in the (not so) distant future "in a galaxy far, far away....".

December 9, 2015

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.

October 8, 2015

University of Arizona scientists who are experts on different aspects of Mars, including Wolfgang Fink, Alfred McEwen – who recently co-authored the NASA report finding strong evidence of flowing water on the Red Planet – and Gene Giacomelli, discuss the realities and fictions of "The Martian", the recently released movie starring Matt Damon. Susan Swanberg, distinguished science journalist and associate professor in the UA School of Journalism, moderates.

May 5, 2015

Wolfgang Fink, a University of Arizona associate professor at the College of Engineering, has developed an iPhone app designed to perform on-the-go retinal eye exams. The software can be used in the hands of a trained personnel, rather than an ophthalmologist, who simply takes an image of the patients eye using the iPhone camera. The image then gets sent to an intelligent software that assesses the image and returns it to the phone with a prognosis. The app focuses primarily on the back of the eye and will be able to detect diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.

May 4, 2015

UA College of Engineering expert in artificial vision systems honored for his inventive and transdisciplinary research and teaching. Like many men of science, Wolfgang Fink works in diverse disciplines and enjoyed eclectic avocations. He is a physicist, an engineer, an educator, an inventor, a licensed helicopter pilot, and a classically tained pianist. You might call him a Renaissance man. Fink, associate professor of electical and computer eningeering and biomedical engineering and inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair at the UA College of Engineering, has been recognized as the da Vinci Fellow for 2015 - a major College of Engineering honor named for the ultimate Renaissance man. Each year, the College selects one member of the Engineering faculty as a da Vinci Fellow in recognition of excellence in teaching or research excellence. The award includes a one-time grant of $10,000 for research and teaching.

December 10, 2013

New technology that could help blind people to see greater in detail may soon be available in the United States. Tech Launch Arizona, the outreach arm created by the UA to spur partnerships between businesses and researchers, has applied for a patent for the new technology. Wolfgang Fink, a member of the joint U.S.-German research team developing the new technology, said current retinal implants allow people to see, but only basic, blurry shapes. "They can distinguish light from dark, and they may also be able to sort of localize where certain objects are and count them," said Fink, founder of the Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology and associate professor in the UA's College of Engineering.

November 22, 2013

Download Podcast of Telefon Interview with Dr. Wolfgang Fink conducted by Vance Durbin.

October 22, 2013

Outer space can be hard on the eyes. Exposure to radiation, intense and ultraviolet light, and low gravity cause blood to rise into the head. Because of this, 34 percent of astronauts experience some kind of vision change while in space. Testing vision while in flight, however, can be a challenge. Systems that test sight, to include peripheral vision, are bulky, making them impractical for space travel. "Most of these devices are actually at an ophthalmologist's office," said Wolfgang Fink, Ph.D., founder of the University of Arizona Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory. "So, in other words, they are not portable. One cannot self administer them."

June 12, 2012

Professor Wolfgang Fink presented on the Biological Oxidant and Life Detection Mission (BOLD) (PI: Professor Dirk Schulze-Makuch) at the NASA Workshop on "Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration" in Houston, TX. The BOLD proposal was chosen for oral presentation out of a total of 400 submitted abstracts. Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin was also in attendance at the workshop.

The "BOLD" presentation starts at 53:20min.

February 24, 2011

Dr. Wolfgang Fink's "smart rovers" are featured in Chapter 4 of the PBS Wavelengths episode "The Thinking Machine" with Dr. Vicki Chandler (starts at 20:00min).

November 8, 2001