Jari Vauhkonen is a senior researcher in forest planning and an adjunct professor of forest remote sensing at the University of Eastern Finland. He received the D.Sc. (For.) degree in 2010 at the age of 26, becoming the youngest ever D.Sc. with a forestry background in Finland. He has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles mainly about computational geometry and machine learning algorithms applied to the measurement and classification of single trees in airborne LiDAR data.
Tuula Kantola received her B.Sc. in 2008 and M.Sc. in 2010, in Forest mensuration and management, at the University of Helsinki. She is a PhD student at the Department of Forest Sciences and has been working as a visiting research scholar in Knowledge Engineering Laboratory, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX since September 2012. Her current research focus is on Remote Sensing applications on mapping and monitoring forest pest insect outbreaks including infestations by conifer sawflies (Diprionidae spp.) and the Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae).
Minna Lyytikäinen is a PhD student at University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences. She is specialized on insect damages, population control and defoliation-induced growth losses of trees. In her PhD thesis she concentrates on detecting changes of distribution and damages of European spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus).
Tommi Sulander is a project manager and a researcher at The Age Institute. He received his PhD in 2005 (Social Policy) and adjunct professorship (social gerontology) in 2007. Previously Sulander has worked as a senior research fellow and as university lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Helsinki. Current research interest include gerontology, urban forestry, public health, health prevention, and health policy. He has a strong background in conducting large-scale surveys.
Päivi Lyytikäinen-Saarenmaa acts as a senior lecturer of forest zoology at the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki. She gain her MSc (1984) and Phil.Lic. (1992) in ecology at the University of Turku, and MSc (1988) and PhD (For.) (1993) in forest zoology at the University of Helsinki. She is adjunct professor in forest entomology at the Universities of Eastern Finland and Helsinki. She has worked at research institutes in Finland (Universities of Turku, Helsinki and Eastern Finland, Metla, EFI), USA (US Forest Service), Denmark (The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University) and Sweden (Lund University). Her central scientific field covers e.g. effects of climate change on insect performance, forest disturbance monitoring, forest health management planning, bioclimatic modeling, and applications of remote sensing on insect outbreaks and damages. She is the leader of the forest health team at the University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences.