The Integrated Digital Forestry Initiative has a variety of on-going research projects. Researchers from agriculture, engineering, computer science, aviation technology, information science and other disciplines are using remote sensing, big data and artificial intelligence methods to better measure, monitor and manage forests of all sizes.

Tree Inventory with Aerial Remote Sensing*

Advancing methods to conduct tree inventory using LiDAR and UAS images. AI-assisted automation for individual tree recognition and delineation and remote measurement of biometrics (size, biomass) in planted and natural forests.

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Stress Epidemiology*

Detecting and tracking pests, insects and pathogens with machine learning on multi-temporal data and to monitor drought systems with multi-sensor platforms.

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Automated Tree Inventory with Photogrammetry*

Working to speed up automated tree measurement, using Low-cost Optical Gauging System (LOGS) with stereo cameras and machine learning.

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Precision Management*

Using geo-referenced and image-assisted biometric evaluation for precision tree growth and yield monitoring of lumber and logs.

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Tree Health and Quality Assessment with LiDAR*

Using ground-based LiDAR for precision tree structure characterization and analytical framework to assess quality and health of hardwoods using LiDAR data.

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UAS Disturbance Detection*

Using feature-based high-resolution classification on multi-temporal data for planned and unplanned disturbance, including fire, wind-throw and logging.

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Terrestrial Mobile LiDAR for High Resolution Forest Inventory*

Developing a backpack terrestrial platform and algorithms for fine-detail, automated measurements and trait characterization of forest plantations.

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Wood and Bark ID

Developing an annotated bark image bank of hardwood trees in the Central Hardwood region and an AI algorithm and smartphone app for bark-based tree species recognition and identification.

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Urban Forest Inventory Using Artificial Intelligence

Identifying urban trees and quantifying their ecosystem services by developing AI algorithms that analyze remotely sensed data for major cities in Indiana.

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*Financial and technical support provided by the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center.