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Project: Forest 4.0

The objective of the Forest 4.0 project is to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) to transform the forest environment monitoring, data acquisition, and analysis. The aim is to capture value from the collected data by implementing innovations based on artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Project information

Project manager
Arianit Kurti
Other project members
Zenun Kastrati, Fisnik Dalipi, Johan Bergh, Jimmy Johansson, Ljusk Ola Eriksson, Mexhid Ferati
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, Interior Cluster Sweden, Sweden; Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas University of Technology, AgriFood Lithuania, Lithuania; ART21
EU Horizon Widera-2022-Access-01-01-two-stage
1 May 2023–30 Apr 2029
Computer and information science (Department of Informatics) and forestry and wood technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology), Faculty of Technology

More about the project

Our ability to mitigate climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, and forest degradation depends in part on the open sharing of forest data. While data from government-owned satellites and other remote sensing observations are increasingly openly shared, the sharing of data directly collected in forests is still very limited. We propose to create a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in forest-related Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to develop and promote innovative data-based solutions to forestry management in the whole value chain, from forest resources management to end products. The CoE will be called Forest 4.0.

Forest 4.0 aims to contribute to the Lithuanian Smart Specialisation Strategy by developing innovative forest-based Lithuanian bio economy through the digitalisation of forest operations. The project will promote a science-based contribution of sustainable managed forests to the achievement of the EU Green Deal, and the transition to a circular and sustainable bioeconomy through the provision of innovative data collection and processing applications.

Linnaues University will lead the fourth work package focusing on scientific excellence and education activities development.

The project is part of the research in the research groups Linnaeus University Systems Community (LNU-STC) and Interaction Design Research Group, and the Linnaeus Knowledge Environments Digital Transformations and Green Sustainable Development.