Prof. Wolfgang Fink
Associate Professor at Univ of Arizona
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Area of Expertise:
Optics and Optical Design , Image Processing , Vision , Autonomous Systems , Robotics , Autonomy and Cognitive Reasoning
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Associate Professor Dr. Wolfgang Fink is the inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair of Microelectronics with joint appointments in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Systems & Industrial Engineering, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, and Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the University of Arizona. He was a Visiting Associate in Physics at Caltech (2001-2016), and held concurrent appointments as Visiting Research Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California (2005-2014). Dr. Fink is the founder and director of the Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory at Caltech and at the University of Arizona. He was a Senior Researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2001-2009). He obtained a B.S. and M.S. degree in Physics and Physical Chemistry from the University of Göttingen, Germany, and a Ph.D. "summa cum laude" in Theoretical Physics from the University of Tübingen, Germany in 1997. He is a Fellow AIMBE, PHM, SPIE, UA da Vinci and ACABI Fellow, and a Senior Member IEEE.

Dr. Fink, pursuing an inter-disciplinary systems engineering approach in human-machine interfaces, evolutionary optimization, and autonomous systems, has focused his research on biomimetic systems, biomedical sensor development, artificial vision, computer-optimized design, cognitive systems, and autonomous robotic space exploration.

Among numerous awards Dr. Fink was named co-recipient of the R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Award and the R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Editors’ Choice Award (the highest of the R&D 100 Awards) in 2009, both for the DOE-funded Artificial Retina Project. In 2009 he received the NASA Board Award for his pioneering work on a novel autonomous space exploration paradigm. Dr. Fink has currently over 257 publications and 21 patents in the areas of autonomous systems, biomedical devices, MEMS fabrication, data analysis, and multi-dimensional optimization.
Publications (21)

Proceedings Article | 17 May 2019 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10982, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XI
KEYWORDS: Target detection, Sensors, Robotics, Computing systems, Physics, Feature extraction, Artificial neural networks, Artificial intelligence, Space operations, Stochastic processes

Proceedings Article | 14 May 2018 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10639, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications X
KEYWORDS: Target detection, Principal component analysis, Visualization, Sensors, Image segmentation, Image processing, Robotics, Feature extraction, Reconnaissance, Analytical research, Automatic target recognition, Mars

Proceedings Article | 8 May 2018 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10639, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications X
KEYWORDS: Target detection, Visualization, LIDAR, Sensors, Robotics, Navigation systems, Reconnaissance, Prototyping, Space reconnaissance

Proceedings Article | 18 May 2017 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10194, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX
KEYWORDS: Target detection, Principal component analysis, Patents, Sensors, Robotics, Feature extraction, Reconnaissance, Intelligence systems, Space operations, Space reconnaissance, C4ISR

Proceedings Article | 17 May 2016 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9836, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VIII
KEYWORDS: Eye, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Visualization, Cameras, Medical research, Photography, Telecommunications, Telemedicine, Information visualization

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Proceedings Volume Editor (3)

SPIE Conference Volume | 23 April 2010

SPIE Conference Volume | 1 May 2009

SPIE Conference Volume | 20 May 2008

Conference Committee Involvement (7)
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XI
14 April 2019 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications X
15 April 2018 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX
9 April 2017 | Anaheim, California, United States
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VIII
17 April 2016 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Space Missions and Technologies
5 April 2010 | Orlando, Florida, United States
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