June 15, 2021 at
3:25 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Data-driven stewardship: using AI to make quicker cutting decisions
Speaker: Karim Koreitem, co-founder and CEO, Scaffold AI
As the forestry industry looks to data-driven stewardship and automation to address productivity and environmental challenges, a richer tree level understanding of forests below the canopy will be essential. Detecting tree characteristics and building 3D maps with tree catalogs has immediate and long-term potential across a range of forest operations, including harvesting operator-assist, silviculture planning, environmental monitoring and more. Scaffold AI co-founder and CEO Karim Koreitem will discuss how rapid advances in AI and the increasing accessibility of sensors and GPUs are enabling the development of such representations. He will also present a real-time operator-assist system that leverages extracted tree-level characteristics and highlights trees of interest based on harvesting plans to help operators make quicker cutting decisions and reduce their decision-making burden and training time.
Karim is co-founder and CEO at Scaffold AI, a Toronto-based robotics startup building automation infrastructure for sustainable forestry. He is a roboticist at heart with a decade of experience working on robots in a variety of outdoor environments. He holds a BASc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and a MSc. in Computer Science from McGill University and has co-authored numerous technical papers published in top robotics conferences. In his free time, he enjoys playing music and trying new sports.