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September 8, 2017

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink is named ACABI Fellow: "The designation of ACABI Fellow formally recognizes faculty that are strongly active in innovation related to ACABI." ACABI is the Arizona Center for Accelerated BioMedical Innovation funded by Tech Launch Arizona, College of Engineering, and Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona.

July 31, 2017

The proposed InTelMed I/UCRC will devise and deploy biofeedback-controlled devices by integrating wearable sensors, bi-directional data exchange, cloud-based data analysis, health and disease status modeling and prediction, and prescribed intervention/treatment onto human smart service platforms. Biofeedback-controlled human smart service systems, as pursued by the InTelMed Center, have the potential to improve health and treatment outcome, and, thus, decrease outpatient healthcare costs.

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. 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.

October 2, 2016

Okularfest 2016 is a seven-hour symposium covering advances in diagnosis and treatment of anterior and posterior segment diseases. Twenty eye surgeons will be presenting on a variety of topics from retinal vascular disorders and femtosecond technology, to the latest in OCT scanning lasers to 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 the pupil as a gateway to the brain.

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 judgements 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 17, 2015

Limburg. Wer sich für die Kult-Fernsehserie „Big Bang Theory“ interessiert, für den war das gestrige Sparkassenkolleg der Kreissparkasse Limburg ein gefundenes Fressen: Professor Dr. Wolfgang Fink, selbst gebürtiger Limburger und ehemaliger Tilemannschüler, referierte über seine Forschung an „Autonomen Systemen“. Fink entwickelt und konstruiert unter anderem ausgefeilte Roboter und Forschungsinstrumente, die nicht nur auf der Erde, sondern auch auf anderen Planeten eingesetzt werden.

December 17, 2015

Limburger Wolfgang Fink spricht vor Schülern über seine Arbeit am Caltech. Maschinen selbst Entscheidungen fallen lassen - das ist eine der größten Herausforderungen der Wissenschaft. Und ein Limburger mischt dabei ganz vorne mit. Geräuschlos schwebt das Luftschiff über den Mars. Ein Satellit kontrolliert den Kurs, sendet es zu wissenschaftlich interessanten Felsformationen. Vor Ort entlässt das Schiff kleine Roboter.

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.

November 12, 2015

What do Artificial Vision and Autonomous Robots have in common? Mars, of course. Dr. Wolfgang Fink, Keonjian Chair and Associate Professor in the University of Arizona's Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Systems & Industrial Engineering, and Ophthalmolgy & Vision Science, is being interviewed by Dr. Leslie Tolbert, Regents' Professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Neuroscience.

October 9, 2015

The panel will be comprised of three UA Martian experts: Wolfgang Fink, Alfred McEwen and Gene Giacomelli. McEwen was an author of 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 aspectes 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.

March 25, 2015

Accomplished scientist Dr. Wolfgang Fink spent the day with Campbell Middle School sixth-grade students on March 19, helping heighten their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) while in town for the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

December 7, 2014

UA College of Engineering expert in artificial vision systems honored for his inventive and interdisciplinary research and teaching. Like many men of science, Wolfgang Fink works in diverse disciplines and enjoys eclectic avocations. He’s a physicist, an engineer, an educator, an inventor, a licensed helicopter pilot and a classically trained pianist. You might call him a Renaissance man.

December 4, 2014

Missions to explore planets and other bodies in our solar system have met with varying success over the years – from the Beagle 2 lander going AWOL on deployment to Mars 11 years ago, to Rosetta’s amazing rendezvous with a comet last month. What ideas are scientists coming up with to ensure future successes?

 

December 3, 2014

UA faculty and students were awarded a grant for three years of development and research to create devices that will change the way eye examines are given around the world. Researchers at the UA are finding new and innovative ways to use smartphones to scan eyes in order to detect and quickly determine whether or not patients will be at risk of losing their sight. Wolfgang Fink, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, is heading the investigation.

November 26, 2014

Professor Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, takes on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness.

November 10, 2014

UA engineers are at the forefront of developing technology that would one day be used to explore far-away planets or dangerous environments on Earth. Fink and his team use the rovers as test beds for what someday could become NASA's next generation of planetary exploration tools. While the prototypes still depend on human commands sent over a wireless connection between an iPod and the rover, "the goal is to make this completely independent of human control," Fink says.

October 10, 2014

Bionic eyes may seem the stuff of science fiction. But not only are they real, they keep improving: A new technique has the potential to help patients with retinal implants see better, indoors and out.

October 5, 2014

Okularfest 2014 is a 7 hour symposium covering advances in diagnosis and treatment of anterior and posterior segment diseases. Twenty eye surgeons presented on a variety of topics from retinal vascular disorders and femtosecond technology, to the latest in 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 visualization of optical eye defects.

September 24, 2014

A professor at the University of Arizona is giving sight back to those who once saw. Since 2002, Dr. Wolfgang Fink, an associate professor in the UA Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and colleagues have been working on a new way to give sight to those whose vision has been damaged from age-related macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa, both are conditions that result in visual impairment and ultimately total blindness.

August 1, 2014

The focus of this NSF effort is on tele-ophthalmology, i.e., to bring the ophthalmic healthcare examination to the patient rather than the patient to the examination, thus enabling timely intervention to prevent irreversible vision impairment. There are many conditions that, if undetected or detected too late, may lead to irreversible visual field loss and ultimately to blindness, such as glaucoma (~76 million worldwide by 2020), macular degeneration (~196 million worldwide by 2020), and diabetic retinopathy (~247 million worldwide by 2030).

July 9, 2014

Team's ingenious use of bicycle dynamo light principle improves gas pipeline inspection robots. College students often have several months to prepare for national competitions. The UA chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, or NSBE, had only two -- and the team went on to win the 2014 NSBE Undergraduate Technical Research Competition in March at the NSBE 40th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

May 29, 2014

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink accepts offer to serve as the Official Faculty Advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Chapter of the entire University of Arizona (both undergraduate and graduate students).

February 10, 2014

UA engineers under direction of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fink have turned an off-the-shelf digital camera into an imaging device that could be key in the search for life forms on other planets. The next time a NASA rover blasts off to explore Mars or some other planet, it might be equipped with a new type of "do-it-all" camera developed by an engineering team at the University of Arizona. 

November 25, 2013

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Fink, a physicist and engineer, at the University of Arizona has developed novel retinal implant stimulation strategies that assist in bringing light back into peoples lives. Use of the implant involves four pieces of equipment. First, a set of glasses with a built-in camera transmits video images to a mobile phone app. The phone then relays that information to a micro-processing chip implanted on the eye. That chip then sends a signal to another chip implanted on the retina that electrically stimulates the remaining healthy layers of an otherwise damaged retina.

November 24, 2013

Wolfgang Fink, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is working on research in developing retinal implants that includes filtering images for the visually impaired. Fink said the filter options, which include contrast and brightness enhancement, could be used to artificially enhance what a visually impaired patient sees in real time. "We can now customize or optimize what enters the patient’s implant through image processing,” Fink said. “We use the filters to enhance their quality of life."

November 15, 2013

New technology is helping some blind people see again, but a University of Arizona researcher says it can be even better. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a retinal implant for people whose retinas have been damaged by disease. UA Associate Professor of Engineering Dr. Wolfgang Fink believes he and his colleagues can improve the implant and help once-blind people see better.

November 4, 2013

Researchers at the University of Arizona and University of Tübingen have made a breakthrough in retinal implant technology that could help people who have lost their sight see more than just light and vague shapes. Dr. Wolfgang Fink, Associate Professor and the inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair in the UA Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, is researching new implant design and methods of electrical stimulation of the retina that will enable retinal implants to produce much clearer images.

October 6, 2013

OkularFest 2013 is a seven-hour symposium covering advances in diagnosis and treatment of anterior and posterior segment diseases. Sixteen eye surgeons presented on a variety of topics from retinal vascular disorders and collagen crosslinking, to the latest in 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 the state-of-the-art in retinal implant research.

October 7, 2012

Okularfest, a seven-hour symposium covering advances in diagnosis and treatment of anterior and posterior segment diseases as well as novel visual field testing techniques, was hosted by the Retina Institute of California (RIC) in collaboration with Dr. Wolfgang Fink at the California Institute of Technology on October 7, 2012. This one-day event, created by the RIC doctors, was the largest Continuing Education (CE) forum offered in California to date with over 600 eye doctors in attendance.

 

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.

March 29, 2012

Wolfgang Fink, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has developed a machine to investigate the methane lakes on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. 

March 20, 2012

In the next decade, a little pontoon boat developed at the University of Arizona could be whizzing around a lake on one of Saturn's moons. Wolfgang Fink, a UA associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, recently presented his concept for a "lake lander" named Tucson Explorer II, or TEX II. Fink is proposing the autonomous exploration vehicle to explore the lakes of liquid hydrocarbon known to exist on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

March 16, 2012

Wolfgang Fink of the University of Arizona department of electrical and computer engineering has developed an autonomous robotic lake lander that could be used to explore this planet and others.  

March 3, 2012

University of Arizona physicist Wolfgang Fink, Ph.D., constantly makes them as he pursues research in medicine, space exploration and robotics.  

January 20, 2012

Wolfgang Fink's research into artificial retinas helps restore some sight in blind patients with age-related macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa.  

January 9, 2012

University of Arizona College of Engineering professor Wolfgang Fink has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.  

November 17, 2011

Following an invitation from Dr. Wolfgang Fink, renowned actor Udo Kier visits the Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory at the University of Arizona to discuss autonomous planetary exploration.

September 17, 2011

UA Engineering was a big hit at the Arizona Best Fest, which took place Sept. 16-18 in Prescott, Ariz. The University of Arizona exhibit was packed solid even before doors officially opened as thousands of festival goers piled into the Science and the Future Pavilion to view hi-tech, hands-on demonstrations by UA students and faculty. 

February 14, 2011

Maxwell Yeager, who holds a PhD in engineering physics from the University of Arizona, is heading to Jupiter to oversee the construction in orbit of a submersible vehicle he designed with his graduate students. The submersible can take a human crew of six to a depth of 1,000 kilometers in the Jovian ocean, where they can explore its depths for at least five days.

December 16, 2010

A University of Arizona scientist and his team are developing intelligent robots for planetary exploration. Currently it takes hours for scientists here on earth to send commands to rovers exploring the surface of Mars. Professor Wolfgang Fink of the University of Arizona's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, envisions planetary exploration being conducted by tiers of intelligent, freethinking robots that could include satellites, blimps, a fleet of surface rovers and even sea rovers. 

November 3, 2010

The MacTech conference has demonstration of some clever Mac-based rover robots designed and built by a team at the University of Arizona. The brainchildren of Professor Wolfgang Fink, these robots are designed to be autonomous and use a Mac mini inside to provide a modicum of intelligence. For demonstration purposes, however, the robots were being controlled by iPod touches.  

October 5, 2010

UA students were treated to a display of planetary exploration rover prototypes on Monday. Professor Wolfgang Fink and other faculty and students marked the centennial of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering by discussing Fink's robot research. 

September 28, 2010

Since leading the Phoenix Mars Mission, the UA has become known worldwide for its space exploration work. UA's extraterrestrial ambitions continue apace and one of UA's leading researchers in this area is Wolfgang Fink, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering.  

August 3, 2010

Science magazine recently published an article featuring UA professor Wolfgang Fink's research on using intelligent robots for planetary exploration. The main thrust of the July 30 Science article, "Making Smarter, Savvier Robots" by Sam Kean, was that "robots are pretty dumb" and must rely on scientists back on Earth to control their exploratory missions.  

December 20, 2009

Coming from positions at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and the California Institute of Technology, Fink has been awarded the Edward and Maria Keonjian Distinguished Professorship in Microelectronics from the UA College of Engineering. A million-dollar endowment will fund his research.  

December 14, 2009

A College of Engineering faculty member was recently honored for his work in helping the blind to see and developing a more efficient way to explore distant planets. Wolfgang Fink, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, received the NASA Board Award as well as R&D Magazine’s 100 Award and Editors’ Choice award for 2009.  

November 2, 2009

Fink recently moved to UA from the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech, where he and other scientists created a remote-controlled robot that can simulate the “visual” experience and capacity for independent mobility of a blind person with a visual prosthesis such as an artificial retina, which is a silicon chip implanted inside the eyeball and studded with electrodes that directly stimulate retinal nerve cells.  

October 27, 2009

An armada of robots may one day fly above the mountain tops of Saturn's moon Titan, cross its vast dunes and sail in its liquid lakes. Wolfgang Fink, visiting associate in physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena says we are on the brink of a great paradigm shift in planetary exploration, and the next round of robotic explorers will be nothing like what we see today.  

October 15, 2009

To mark his centennial, the University of Arizona College of Engineering has announced the establishment of the Edward and Maria Keonjian Distinguished Professorship in Microelectronics, the result of a million-dollar endowment by Keonjian and his wife Maria. The first person named to the new post is Wolfgang Fink, who will move to UA from the California Institute of Technology.  

October 6, 2009

Professor Wolfgang Fink, the first recipient of the Edward and Maria Keonjian distinguished professorship in Microelectronics, is a senior researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the founder and director of the Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech, where he is a visiting associate in physics in the division of physics, mathematics and astronomy.

July 22, 2009

Wolfgang Fink, senior researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is part of a Department of Energy-funded consortium that has received one of R&D Magazine's 2009 R&D 100 awards for developing an artificial retina. The prize recognizes significant new technologies that exemplify the most innovative ideas of the previous year.

December 13, 2005

Mankind's fascination with Mars has inspired scientists for generations, beginning with the telescopic observation of the 19th century and more recently the remote exploration through a host of international space missions to our neighboring planet. 

October 13, 2005

Remote-sensing orbiters, probes, landers and rovers are returning astonishing discoveries about our solar system. But some of the most exciting geological and potentially astrobiological places in our family of planets and moons are dangerous and difficult to explore. University of Arizona, California Institute of Technology, and U.S. Geological Survey Flagstaff researchers propose a novel space mission concept for finding and exploring the most scientifically important surfaces and subsurfaces throughout the solar system.