The overall 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, and capture value from the collected data by implementing innovations based on artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). The CoE will be founded by two Lithuanian partners (Vytautas Magnus University – VMU) and Kaunas University of Technology – KTU) teaming with a leading counterpart from Sweden (Linnaeus University – LNU) and three networking and business development partners (InteriorCluster from Sweden, ART21 UAB and AgriFood Lithuania Digital Innovation Hub from Lithuania). The CoE will be created as a new legal entity and will comprise leading researchers from different domains that will implement an ambitious long term research and innovation strategy. The CoE will also provide innovation services to businesses and host a startup incubator. The impact of the project will be a rise in research excellence and reputation in forestry management and AI/IoT technologies for Lithuania; the constitution of a critical mass of excellent international researchers in the targeted domains; the production of a growing amount of research (publications) and innovation (patents, new technologies, startups) outputs; and expanding international networks for the Lithuanian partners.
EU Research and Innovation Funding Programme “Horizon Europe”
Creation of the Center of Excellence, recruiting the staff, and build its operational processes.
Research on AI-IoT methods and capabilities for the development of sustainable forest-based research applications. Integration of the developed AI-IoT methods into targeted Lithuanian ICT industries to boost forest data intelligence with AI. Creation of a Lithuanian AI and IoT cluster to implement a Lithuanian Smart Forestry Strategy and promote the CoE abroad.
Period of project implementation: 2023-05-01 - 2029-04-30
Project coordinator: Vytautas Magnus University
Project partners: Kaunas University of Technology