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Vastaranta Research Syndicate

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01.01.2018 -
School of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology

Group description

We consider forest-based bioeconomy as a phenomenon that we try to understand and then use this scientific understanding for the greater good in the digitalized information societies. Most of the things that are happening in forest-based bioeconomy can be conceptualized as interactions between nature, humans and machines. To us, this conceptual framework has opened a new kind of way to perceive spatiotemporal events and processes in digitalized societies. Thus, considering nature-human-machine interactions, forest-based bioeconomy is providing a challenging and complex environment for many research explorations. From this perspective, we are currently exploring: 1) how new technology can be used to develop new knowledge and improve human actions in space and time, 2) how machinery and knowledge-work could be automated in a way that humans do not have to do monotonous tasks, and 3) how nature is adapting to human actions. In our research, geoinformatics play an essential role. Geospatial technologies, spatial data, digitalization and knowledge leadership are all combined in these themes and provide essential tools for us.