Kick-off group

from left to right: Eva Skagestad (Skogkurs), Maria Nordström, Martin Englund, Rolf Björheden (all Skogforsk), Michael Corsano (Optea AS), Gerhard Rinkenauer (IfADo), Bruce Talbot (NIBIO), Thilo Wagner (FBZ) and Dirk Jaeger (UGoe)

AVATAR – Second Consortium Meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, September 25-27, 2019

The AVATAR Team had already its second Consortium Meeting on September 25-27, 2019, in Uppsala (Sweden) with Skogforsk as the host. The main goal was to interact and network with project partners. In addition, partners informed each other about ongoing project work and next steps to progress AVATAR. A highlight of the meeting was an introduction to the successfully implemented RECO (Rational Efficient Cost Optimization) training program for forest machine operators by one of its founders, Anders Mörk. This program is based on a workflow analysis of individual operators and AVATAR is aiming to provide features for complementing. The AVATAR project in general develops quantitative support tools to coach and assist forest machine operators by providing individualized feedback at optimal times in optimal formats. A Swedish Survival Experience including a mushroom picking adventure in the vast Swedish forests topped by a moose roast exceeded all meeting expectations and generated inspiring ideas for ongoing AVATAR project work.

Advanced Virtual Aptitude and Training Application in Real Time

The overall objective of AVATAR is to increase operational efficiency and perceived job satisfaction in mechanized timber harvesting - while reducing mental workload. Through this, the project contributes to efficiency improvements of CTL operations for enhanced timber utilization at higher value added resource recovery, alongside occupational health and safety, and thus supports the implementation of a sustainable and competitive bio-economy in Europe. Knowhow from work method instructors will be used to define quantitative measures of work performance. These measures will be further elaborated in order to investigate options to include machine on-board systems, but also sensor and scanner-based technology of data generation and sharing, to be utilized for performance evaluation, and how it can be incorporated in an individual feedback approach for coaching. Alongside the technical realization, the evolvement of a full concept to make use of the personal data of the individuals under strict compliance with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) for a tailored feedback and coaching approach is an essential part of the whole AVATAR process.

In a nutshell, the AVATAR project will:

The project AVATAR is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofound ForestValue by the Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR, Germany), Forskningsradet (Research Council of Norway), The Swedish Innovation Agency (VINNOVA), The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Planning (FORMAS) and The Swedish Energy Agency (SWEA). ForestValue receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 773324.

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