People

Professor

Markus Holopainen, professor of geoinformatics at the University of Helsinki, department of forest sciences, forest resource management and geoinformatics, since 2012.  Holopainen received his MSc and PhD in Forestry from University of Helsinki (UH) in 1993 and 1998, respectively, and MSc and Dr. Tech. from Aalto-University (AU), Dept. of Surveying in 1995 and 2011, respectively. Holopainen is the head of the Candidate Degree program in Forest Sciences at the University of Helsinki and senior fellow in the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research. Holopainen has authored and co-authored 240+ publications of which 150+ are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals or books. Current research interests include utilization of 3-D/4-D data in forest mapping, inventory, management, monitoring, and precision forestry. Starting from 2014 prof. Holopainen’s research group has been part of the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research CoE-LaSR (http://laserscanning.fi/) in which more than 30 Dr.Sc/PhD’s from Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, University of Helsinki, University of Oulu and Aalto University aim to create new knowledge, science, openings and breakthroughs in the emerging field of Laser Scanning.  

E-mail: markus.holopainen@helsinki.fi

University lecturer

Ilkka Korpela (University lecturer in forest information systems) received his M.Sc. in forest mensuration and management in 1993. He did his PhD in digital photogrammetry in 2004 and was appointed a docent in applied photogrammetry at UEF in 2008. He was funded by the academy of Finland for eight years and worked on  a wide range topics linked to passive and active optical 3D remote sensing. He has been awarded the decennial Yrjö Ilvessalo prize in forest sciences and the annual Hansa Luftbild award by DGPF. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of RSE and ISPRS JPRS journals.

E-mail: ilkka.korpela@helsinki.fi

Post-doctoral researcher

Ville Kankare (born in 1985). I have a strong background in forestry through my family and I started my studies at the Department of Forest Sciences in the University of Helsinki (UH) in the fall of 2006. I received M.Sc. degree in forest resources and technology in December 2010 focusing on the use of individual tree detection as reference in area-based forest inventory. My work continued as a D.Sc. student at the department and I received my D.Sc. (Agr. and For.) degree in August 2015 with a topic: “The prediction of single-tree biomass, logging recoveries and quality attributes with laser scanning techniques”. I am currently working as a post doc –researcher in Prof. Markus Holopainen’s research group at the UH and in Center of Excellence in Laser scanning research. My current research interests focus on forest information applications (inventory, mapping and technology) and precision forestry through state-of-the-art measurement technologies (especially laser scanning). I have currently published or co-authored more than 50 articles (refereed) with an H-index of 20 and over 1100 citations (Google scholar). I have had also the opportunity to act as a speaker in numerous national and international conferences, seminars and workshops.

E-mail: ville.kankare@helsinki.fi

Post-doctoral researcher

Ninni Saarinen is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, and with the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research. She received her PhD in Agriculture and Forestry from University of Helsinki in 2016, three years after starting her research career. She is currently a visiting researcher at the School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland. She has also been working as a Visiting Research Scientists at Pacific Forestry Centre (Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada). She received Post-doctoral researcher grant from the Academy of Finland in 2018 and is concentrating on investigating the effects of various thinning treatments on tree architecture of Scots pine. She also holds a degree of M.A. in Education from 2014 (University of Helsinki).

E-mail: ninni.saarinen@helsinki.fi

PhD student

Mohammad Imangholiloo received his M.Sc. in Forest Resource Management and Geoinformatics in 2018 from the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki. He is a Technical Assistant and a prospective PhD student there. He analysed the use of Sentinel-1 SAR satellite images for national-wide land use/cover mapping using machine learning methods. He studied Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Recourse Management at the University of Twente in the Netherlands after completing his bachelor in Forestry at the University of Tehran in Iran. He has been participated in research and teaching since spring 2017. His current research interests include characterising the seedling stands using dense point clouds.

E-mail: mohammad.imangholiloo@helsinki.fi 

PhD student

Samuli Junttila is a PhD student at the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, where he also received his M.Sc. in Forest ecology and management in 2015. He is interested in cross-disciplinary research related to using modern remote sensing technologies for mapping of forest health. He has published in prestigious journals in the fields of remote sensing and plant science and is finalizing his PhD project in 2019. He is also executing the marketing of the Department of Forest Sciences as an entreprenauer (KEIMA Creative, www.keima.fi) and has published photographs in publications such as Nature journal of science.

E-mail: samuli.junttila@helsinki.fi

PhD student

Ville Luoma is a PhD student at the University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences. He received his M.Sc. in 2013 in forest ecology and management and continued working first as a project researcher for The Laboratory of Forest Resources Management and Geo-Information and is now working towards the PhD degree. His PhD project is related to investigation of tree and forest growth mainly by means of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS).  In addition to this, his subjects of interest on field of research are forest mensuration and planning in general as well as improving the precision of forest measurements. He has experience from several field work and data collection campaigns both in forest and urban environment. He is also actively participating in teaching on courses related to remote sensing and GIS at the Department of Forest Sciences and is at the same time completing studies in university pedagogy to further improve his knowledge over teaching and learning.

E-mail: ville.luoma@helsinki.fi

PhD student

Jiri Pyörälä received the M.Sc. degree from the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, in forest resource science and technology with a specialization in wood technology in 2014. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at the University of Helsinki. He is currently a Researcher with the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research and the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute. His research interests include wood and timber properties, with a special interest on the use of laser scanning technology to assess the standing timber wood quality.

E-mail: jiri.pyorala@helsinki.fi

PhD student

Tuomas Yrttimaa is a PhD student at the School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland. He received his M.Sc. in Forest Resource Management and Geoinformatics in 2018 from the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki. Alongside his master’s studies he has participated in teaching and worked as a research assistant since autumn 2016. His current research interests include characterizing the forest structure using dense point clouds.

E-mail: tuomas.yrttimaa@helsinki.fi