Forest&Photonics gathers together top photonics and bio economy experts

Forest & Photonics 2017 brings together businesses, academia and developers to share new technological solutions, challenges and opportunities in the fields of photonics and forestry. This year´s themed tracks are: Forest Data, Smart Machines and Photonics Future Technologies.  

This internationally acclaimed event will be hosted for the third time in the unique scenery of Koli National Park, Finland which offers the best networking possibilities combined with great evening program including relaxing spa, dinner, jazz and much more!

Venue for Forest&Photonics 2017 will be at Sokos Hotel Koli, Yläkolintie 39, Koli National Park, Finland, on 20th and 21st of September 2017.

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Themes for Forest&Photonics 2017

  • Forest Data
  • Smart Machines
  • Photonics Future Technologies

During the event

  • B2B matchmaking
  • Evening program with excellent networking opportunities, relaxing spa, Finnish cuisine, jazz and much more!

Registration to the Forest&Photonics 2017

The event is free of charge but registration is mandatory. Remember to make your registration 8th of September 2017 at the latest. 

Make your registration here.

Venue and travel information

Forest&Photonics 2017 will be held at Sokos Hotel Break, Yläkolintie 39, Koli National Park, Finland, on 20th and 21st of September 2017.

Travel information, flight, train and bus schedules will be announced closer to the event.


Information about the hotel and reservation here.

The special rates for the rooms will be announced closer to the event.

Program 2017

Wednesday 20th

09:00 Registration

10:00 Opening the Forest & Photonics 2017

Keynote speech, To be announced

11:45 Lunch Break

13:00 Forest Data
LIDAR forest inventory data: application for optimizing road construction and wood procurement costs, Vesa Leppänen, Arbonaut Ltd
VR, AR and virtual forest, Veikko Miettinen, Joensuu Science Park
Operational low cost tree-wise forest inventory using multispectral cameras mounted on drones, Eugene Lopatin, Natural Resources Institute Finland

14:00 Coffee Break

14:20 Photonics Future Technologies
Novel hyperspectral imaging for field use, Jouni Jussila, Specim
Assigning tree and wood quality for hyperspectral imaging, Markku Keinänen, UEF
Imaging for wood quality control, Marcos X. Álvarez Cid, University of Vigo
- Photonics measurement technologies for wood industry, Jere Heikkinen, Finnos Ltd

15:40 Coffee Break and demostrators

16:10 Photonics Future Technologies continues
High effiency led lightning based on rotating molecules, Mikko Linnolahti, UEF
Future photonics measurement applications in Forest industry, Pasi Karppinen, ProtoRhino
Augmented reality in industry use, Antti Sunnari, Dispelix Ltd
Improving efficiency through gaze tracking, Roman Bednarik, UEF

17:30 Evening program starts with sunset at Ukko-Koli viewpoint

18:00 Relaxing Spa

20:00 Finnish Cuisine buffet with live jazz and networking 

Thursday 21st

10:00 Smart Machines
- Smartphone application and intuitive map-based web interface for Forest transportation, Markus Melander, Vionice Ltd.
- Forest and tree measurements from forest machine, Mikko Miettinen, Argone Ltd. 
- Needs for plywood manufacture: measurement of veneer surface quality, Tomi Virolainen, Plytec Oy

11:20 Lunch Break

12:30 Smart Machines continues
Predicting inner quality of Scots pine logs during harvesting, Jukka Antikainen, Natural Resources Institute Finland
- Patrick Halford, IBM

13:40 Summary and conclusion of the Forest&Photonics 2017

13.50 Coffee

14:30 The bus leaves to Joensuu Airport

Joensuu Science Park Ltd. reserves the right to make changes to the programme.

What is photonics?

Photonics is a field of science that concentrates on producing and manipulating light. It is used in applications such as virtual reality and machine vision. Bioeconomy uses renewable biomass such as wood for different applications. Most recent innovations have taken place in high added value products such as textiles and cosmetics. Together, photonics and bioeconomy can produce applications such as laser wood-cutting, remote sensing and measurement of natural resources, and intelligently optimized LED lighting for growing vegetables.

“Photonics is a disruptive technology which fulfills its potential when combined with other fields. New applications are constantly discovered and growth projections are remarkable”, says Juha Purmonen, Development Manager of Joensuu Science Park and one of the event's organizers.



See the presentation videos here.

Wednesday 26th

Event Moderator: Petteri Järvinen

10:00     Registration

10:30     Opening the Forest & Photonics 2016

Keynote speech, Photons to Forests to the Global Carbon Cycle, Jack A. Kaye, National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA

Keynote speech, Strengthening the role of forests in the bioeconomy through innovation, Robert Mavsar, European Forest Institute

12:00 Lunch Break

13:00 Forest Inventory

- Multispectral satellite imagery and airborne laser scanning in assessing boreal and tropical timber volume and forest biomass and carbon, Vesa Leppänen, Arbonaut Ltd

- Multi-purpose forest inventory - LIDAR data for optimizing forest road maintenance, Blanca Sanz, UEF

- Function-oriented fuzzy microcontrollers in forest inventory, Alexei E. Vassiliev and Tatiana Yu. Ivanova, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

- Volume and quality estimation of wood chips using photogrammetry and texture analysis, Jukka Antikainen, Natural Resources Institute Finland

14:20 Coffee Break

14:40 Supply Chain

- Solutions, challenges and opportunities in forestry machinery automation, Marko Paakkunainen, John Deere Forestry Ltd

- Improved accuracy by automated calibration of harvester measuring unit, Jukka Malinen, UEF

- Strength grading of spruce logs before bucking by harvester, Asmo Varis, Stora Enso Wood Products

15:40 Break

16.00 Supply Chain continues

- Challenges for sensor technology in wood supply chain, Tapio Räsänen, Metsäteho Ltd

- Automated system to measure stilbene content of solid heartwood of Scots pine, Susanna Pulkka, Natural Resources Institute Finland

16:40 Keynote speech, Digital Forestry, Harri Kopola, VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland

17:00 Evening program

17:30 Sunset at Ukko-Koli viewpoint with Kalevi Rantanen and his book of light.
- Unique Trail of Light installation by award winning light artist Kari Kola.
- Relaxing Spa

20:00 Finnish Cuisine buffet with live jazz-music and networking.

Thursday 27th

10:00     Industry

- How optics is used for measuring systems in lumber industry, special features and challenges, Jyrki Huttunen, Oplatek Group Ltd

- How photonics is used in wood industry, Jyrki Pesonen, Raute Ltd Mecano

- Optical measuring in paper machines, applications and future possibilities, Markku Mäntylä, Valmet Automation

- UAV based forest inventory utilizing multiangular and multispectral imagery, Eugene Lopatin, Natural Resources Institute Finland

11:40 Lunch Break

12.40 Virtual Reality

- Gaze tracking and training for harvester operators, Roman Bednarik, UEF

- HUD for forest machine based on laser diode DLP engine Marina Letunovskaya, ITMO University, Saint-Petersburg

- Forest machine operator´s skills: profiling and improvement, Mikko Saarimaa, North Karelia college, Valtimo

- Case study: From device sales to smart devices and value adding services, Jani Akkila, Process Genius Ltd

14:00 Summary and conclusion of Forest & Photonics 2016. Announcing the date for Forest & Photonics 2017.

14.30 Coffee

15.30 The bus leaves to Joensuu Airport

Any questions?

More information

Tuukka Pakarinen
Project Coordinator, Joensuu Science Park
Tel. 358 50 313 5930
tuukka.pakarinen @

Media contacts

Juha Purmonen
Development Manager, Joensuu Science Park
telephone: 358 50 354 3832
email: juha.purmonen @

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