Prof. Wolfgang Fink
Associate Professor at Univ of Arizona
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Author
Area of Expertise:
Optics and Optical Design , Image Processing , Vision , Autonomous Systems , Robotics , Autonomy and Cognitive Reasoning
Websites:
Profile Summary

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 (2000-2009). 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 an AIMBE Fellow, PHM Fellow, Senior Member IEEE, UA da Vinci Fellow and ACABI Fellow.

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 240 publications and 19 patents in the areas of autonomous systems, biomedical devices, MEMS fabrication, data analysis, and multi-dimensional optimization.
Publications (23)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | May 14, 2018
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 | May 8, 2018
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 | May 18, 2017
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 | May 17, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9836, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VIII
KEYWORDS: Internet, Eye, Visual analytics, Visualization, Diagnostics, Tablets, Analytical research, Traumatic brain injury, Spatial resolution, 3D displays

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

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | May 17, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9836, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VIII
KEYWORDS: Medicine, Sensors, Electrodes, Heart, Clouds, Data processing, Data communications, Electrocardiography, Computer security, Mobile communications

Showing 5 of 23 publications
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
Showing 5 of 7 published special sections
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