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Veli-Pekka Kivinen, university lecturer

  • PL 27 (Latokartanonkaari 7)



  • Viikinkaari 1, Biokeskus 3

    00790 Helsinki


1990 …2019
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Dr. Veli-Pekka Kivinen (born 1966) has worked as a research assistant, project researcher, and university lecturer at the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki since 1993. He has participated in several forest technology R&D projects dealing with, among others, pre-harvest measurement of forest stands, forest visualization and optimal wood allocation and tree bucking. His PhD thesis “Design and testing of stand-specific bucking instructions for use on modern cut-to-length harvesters” was awarded as the best thesis defended during 2007 at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki. The thesis was also awarded the prize for the best doctoral thesis of the year 2007 in forest sciences by the Finnish Society of Forest Science. Kivinen has authored and co-authored 30 publications of which 10 are peer-reviewed scientific articles. He has also programmed two commercial computer software packages (EMO pre-harvest measurement program and Smartforest 3D forest visualizer) and several non-commercial computer applications in the field of bucking optimization.

Fields of Science

  • 4112 Forestry

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1990 2019

Assessing log geometry and wood quality in standing timber using terrestrial laser-scanning point clouds

Pyorala, J., Kankare, V., Liang, X., Saarinen, N., Rikala, J., Kivinen, V-P., Sipi, M., Holopainen, M., Hyyppa, J. & Vastaranta, M., Apr 2019, In : Forestry. 92, 2, p. 177-187 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Estimating the accuracy and time consumption of a mobile machine vision application in measuring timber stacks

Kärhä, K., Nurmela, S., Karvonen, H., Kivinen, V-P., Melkas, T. & Nieminen, M., Mar 2019, In : Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 158, p. 167-182 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Optimizing logistics of saw logs for a medium sized sawmill

Rikala, J. P., Eyvindson, K. J., Petty, A. D., Kivinen, E. V-P. & Dahlin, S. B., 2015, Forest engineering: "Making a positive contribution": Abstracts and Proceedings of the 48th Symposiom on Forest Mechanization, Linz, Austria 2015. Kanzian, C., Erber, G. & Kühmaier, M. (eds.). Vienna: Institute of Forest Engineering, Department of Forest Soil and Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Vienna, Austria, p. 227-230 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Open Access

A step towards optimal wood supply chain: A case study on optimal tree bucking in Central Finland

Uusitalo, J., Kivinen, V-P. & Korpunen, H., 2011, Pushing the Boundaries with Research and Innovation in Forest Engineering. Kanzian, C. (ed.). Vienna: BOKU Vienna, 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review


Kivinen, V-P., 2009, In : Helsingin Yliopisto. Metsavarojen Kayton Laitos. Julkaisuja. p. 109-126 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Projects 2004 2011

Sustainable Forest Value Chains (SUVALUE)

Amberla, T., Barua, S. K., Bayazidi, S., Berghäll, S., Cao, T., Dahlin, B., Eyvindson, K., Favada, I. M., Haltia, E., Havimo, M., Honkajärvi, R., Holopainen, M., Horne, P., Hovi, A., Hujala, T., Hyyppä, H., Juslin, H., Jylhä, P., Kaakkurivaara, T., Kangas, A., Kantola, T., Karppinen, H., Kettula, K., Kivinen, V., Korhonen-Sande, S., Korpela, I., Korpunen, H., Kuuluvainen, J., Laamanen, R., Laurila, J. M., Leino, O. P. T., Li, N., Lyhykäinen, H. T., Manavakun, N., Melkas, T., Mynttinen, S., Mäkinen, A., Mönkkönen, P., Neuvonen, M., Petty, A., Pohjola, J., Primmer, E., Rantala, T., Rasinmäki, J., Rekola, M., Rikala, J., Rissanen, A., Räty, M., Saarela, S., Sipi, M., Talvitie, M., Toivonen, R., Toppinen, A., Valkeapää, A., Valsta, L., Wan, M., Wang, L., Vastaranta, M. & Xia, B. S.

23/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Scaling of wood raw material

Sipi, M., Rikala, J. & Kivinen, V.


Project: Research project


Good teacher of the year award

Veli-Pekka Kivinen (Recipient), 25 May 2010

Prize: Prizes and awards

Prize for best Ph.D. dissertation of the Year in 2007

Veli-Pekka Kivinen (Recipient), 10 Apr 2008

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1997 2018

Abdullah Akay

Veli-Pekka Kivinen (Host), Sten Bo Dahlin (Host)
5 Nov 201810 Nov 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Examination of Olli Ylhäisi's master thesis

Veli-Pekka Kivinen (Pre-examiner)
9 Jun 2015

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Supervision of Valtteri Katunpää's master thesis

Veli-Pekka Kivinen (Supervisor)
Jan 2015Dec 2015

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Supervision of Santtu Råberg's master thesis

Veli-Pekka Kivinen (Supervisor)
Oct 2015 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Baltic Forestry (Journal)

Veli-Pekka Kivinen (Reviewer)
17 Nov 2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts