Prof. Wolfgang Fink

Fellow Member | Associate Professor at Univ of Arizona
Fink, Wolfgang
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SPIE Membership: 9.7 years
SPIE Awards: Fellow status | Senior status | 2019 SPIE Community Champion
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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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Prof. 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). He was a Senior Researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2001-2009). 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 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 FAIMBE, FPHMS, LFSPIE, FARVO, UA FdaVinci & FACABI, Senior Member IEEE, and the PHM Society VP.
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 2009 R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Award and the R&D 100 Editors’ Choice Award, both for the DOE-funded Artificial Retina Project; received the 2009 NASA Board Award for his pioneering work on a novel autonomous space exploration paradigm; and was honored with the 2023 SPIE Meinel Technology Achievement Award. He has currently over 265 publications and 29 patents in the areas of autonomous systems, biomedical devices, MEMS fabrication, data analysis, and multi-dimensional optimization.

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