Led by Songlin Fei, professor and the Dean’s Remote Sensing Chair, the Integrated Digital Forestry Initiative (iDiF) at Purdue University is working towards developing platforms and strategies that leverage digital technology to measure, monitor and manage urban and rural forests to maximize social, economic and ecological benefits.
The initiative brings together a multidisciplinary research team to revolutionize forestry with an effective digital system for precision forest management and build a globally competitive next generation workforce for the information age.
The team is working to harmonize four key components of digital age technology – Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Edge and Cloud Computing – to advance the following thrusts:
- AI-assisted tree inventory with multi-platform and multi-scale remote sensing data
- IoT, Big Data, and Edge and Cloud Computing enabled precision forest management and optimization
- Large-scale forest health (fire, disease, disturbance) monitoring and mitigation
- Digital technology savvy interdisciplinary workforce education (undergraduate & graduate)
To learn more, visit https://purdue.ag/digitalforestry