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Forest&Photonics 2018

2018-10-10 @ 09:00 - 2018-11-10 @ 15:00


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With over 120 participants and over 60 companies Forest&Photonics is almost sold out! Only few places left. You can make your registration here. For more information, please contact Juha Purmonen, juha.purmonen@tiedepuisto.fi or call +358503543832. Also follow us on Twitter @forestphotonics or our website www.tiedepuisto.fi/fp.

Venue: Koli Nature Centre Ukko & Break Sokos Hotel Koli – Yläkolintie 39, 83960 Koli National Park, Finland

Digitalization and new technologies change the forest industry. Already fourth time arranged Forest&Photonics 2018 is for the industry, academia, developers, and specialists. New technology solutions, opportunities, and challenges for forestry are presented in the following categories: Drones & Big Data, Robotics & Automation and Photonics Technologies for Biorefineries.

Forest&Photonics is a unique event that brings together the forestry and technology experts to network, collaborates and share their challenges, opportunities, and solutions for industry. This event is for forestry and technology companies, researchers, business developers, and specialists. Now already fourth time arranged Forest&Photonics has become the internationally significant event for professionals of these fields.

The international speakers from five countries together with the latest technology development companies and universities from Finland are leading the discussion by providing interesting insights into the forest- and technology industry.

Forest&Photonics is all about

  • Top presentations & raw data – Case examples from industry
  • Creating a new collaboration between forestry & photonics industry
  • To share the solutions, opportunities, and challenges

Forest&Photonics 2017 feedback

  • 93 % found new potential co-operation partner
  • 89 % are going to participate next year
  • 97 % recommend Forest & Photonics



09:45 Registration and coffee
10:00 Opening the Forest & Photonics 2018
Director Marc Palahí, The European Forest Institute
10:15 Keynotes

Bioeconomy, cleantech, circular economy,
Program Director Sari Tasa, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland,

Virtual Forest, Head of Innovation and Product Development, Jussi Jalasjoki, Stora Enso Forest

11:30 Lunch break and demonstrators (check in to rooms)

12:30 Drones in Forestry

  • Status, latest news, test areas in Finland, collaboration with European counterparties, hot topics in drone area, Timo Lind, Arctic Drone Labs
  • Next generation drones and AI related to Big Data analys, Henri Klemmer, Hepta Group
  • How Drones Change Forest Planning, Ismo Hippi, Mosaic Mill & Jussi Rasinmäki, Simosol

13:30 Coffee break and demonstrators (check in to rooms)

14:00 Big Data for Forestry

  • Improving Plant Safety and Efficiency by Using Autonomous Drones, Jukka-Pekka Toivonen, Rumble Tools
  • Assessing tree quality and health using terrestrial point clouds, Mikko Vastaranta, UEF
  • Measuring Intra-Seasonal Tree-Height Growth Using Drones, Jan Dempewolf, GeoKestrel GmbH, Germany

15:00 Coffee break and demonstrators (check in to rooms)

16.00 Tools for Decision Making in Forestry

  • Use of open data in operative decision making in forestry field operations, Vesa Leppänen, Arbonaut
  • Growing Needs for Accurate Road Data to Secure the Wood Logistics, Pirjo Venäläinen, Metsäteho
  • Augmented Reality (AR) – through Head Up Display’s – to off highway vehicles and machines, Esteban Arboix, Optea

17:00 Evening program and Matchmaking

20:00 Finnish Cuisine buffet with live music and networking


10.00 Sensing and imaging

  • Future Possibilities of Machine Vision, Matti Okkonen, VTT
  • Optical Fiber Sensors for Efficient Forest Waste-Managements, Alejandro Dominguez-Lopez, InPhoTech
  • Disrupting environmental monitoring, Aleksandra Karimaa, Gasera

11:30 Lunch break and demonstrators

12.30 Lidars and autonomous driving

  • Towards Automated Driving, Matti Kutila, VTT
  • 3D LIDAR sensors for robotics, autonomous vehicles and UAVs, Sergey Sedykh, Vlabor Photonics
  • Applications of lidar imagers in automated forestry and agriculture machinery, Santiago Royo, Beamagine

13.30 Coffee and demonstrators

14.00 Photonics for Biorefineries

  • Measuring and monitoring difficult or invisible processes in the industry, forestry and energy sectors, Patrick Ottoson, Radar Bolaget
  • Hyperspectral imaging from seedlings to forest, and sawn goods, Jouni Jussila, Specim
  • Predicting Product Quality by Utilizing Imaging Measurements, Soft Sensors and Modeling, Joni Hattuniemi, Valmet Automations

15:00 Summary and conclusion of the F&P 2018
– Announcing the Forest&Photonics 2019

15:30 The bus leaves to Joensuu Airport

Demo presentation during the event in 10th and 11th.

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Joensuu Science Park
City of Joensuu



2018-10-10 @ 09:00
2018-11-10 @ 15:00


Joensuu Science Park
Photonics Finland


Koli Nature Centre Ukko & Break Sokos Hotel Koli
Yläkolintie 39
Koli National Park, 83960 Finland
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