FOCUS - Advances in FOrestry Control and aUtomation Systems in Europe

FOCUS will demonstrate how innovative sensor technologies and control methods can facilitate the integration of control and planning mechanism in the main forest-based value chains in Europe (lumber, pulpwood, biomass, cork).


  • Lead school School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Additional schools School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Institute Multifunctional Forest Management
    Institute for Cybersecurity & Engineering (ICE)
  • Research unit Forest Ecosystem and Management
    ICE / Cyber Threat Intelligence Group
  • Funding organisation Europäische Union
  • Duration 01.01.2014 - 12.06.2018
  • Project management Prof. Dr. Christian Rosset
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Christian Rosset
  • Project staff Prof. Dr. Ulrich Fiedler
    Daniela Rommel
    Prof. Dr. Martin Ziesak
    Prof. Dr. Christian Rosset
    Julien Künzi
  • Partner Simosol Oy
    Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, Forstliches Bildungszentrum für Waldarbeit & Forsttechnik
    Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
    Inesc Porto-Instituto de engenharia de sistemas e computadores
    Azevedos Industria maquinas e equipamentos industiais SA
    Research Studios Austria
    Hohenlocher Spezial-Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
    Holzcluster Steiermark GmbH
    Wahlers Forsttechnik GmbH
    Valedemar Fernandes da Silva SA
  • Keywords Precision forestry, sensors, automation, integrated planning and control


The goal of FOCUS is to improve sustainability, productivity and product marketability of forest-based value chains through an innovative technological platform for integrated planning and control of the whole tree-to-product operations.

Course of action

FOCUS brings together leading SMEs, experts and organisations in the fields of precision forestry, sensors, automation and software development. Case studies will be set in Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Portugal covering the four main forest-based value chains in Europe (lumber, pulpwood, biomass, cork), from forest planning and monitoring forest growth, harvesting, wood transportation and industrial processing.