OIFII.ORG develops the Offworld Intelligent Forest Image Interpreter (OIFII), an application to help automating the production of forest maps for governments around the world.
OIFII.ORG initial targeted clients are the forest map producers (ministries of natural resources, forest industries, power companies, etc) along with the forest map users (forestry engineers, etc.).
Founder Stephane Poirier is currently integrating deep learning to its former machine vision approach to remotely sensed forest data interpretation.
The application is not open source anymore.
Offworld Intelligent Forest Image Interpreter (OIFII) development started with a Ph.D. project in Geomatics at the Centre de Recherche en Géomatique at Laval University in 1994 but the Ph.D. project was abandoned in 1997, 20 years ago.
In 1995, I had secure the trademark Offworld Virtual Being (OVB) to commercially denominate the core Artificial Intelligence software components of the OIFII applications. The 5 years R&D project to develop OIFII.ORG’s OVB was named the Offworld Artificial Intelligence Environment (OAIE) and was successfully accepted as a Canadian SR&ED project but was very difficult to fund in Canada at the time. OIFII.ORG’s founder had to go down in California and develop software for the military schools as well as for AMR California (through USA defense contractor ISERA GROUP INC.) in order to inject capital into Canadian based Offworld Technologies Corporation (now days OIFII.ORG). In order to fully comply with USA’s IRS regulations, I had to create for-profit NakedSoftware Inc (Santa Barbara, California, now days NakedSoftware.ORG) in 1999 for the operations during one fiscal year and to create non-profit Human Aware Corporation (Santa Barbara, California, now days HumanAware.ORG) in 2000 for the operations during one fiscal year.
Projects OIFII, OVB and OAIE were interrupted on September 2001.
The project was too “forward thinking” to be financed by governments and forest industries at that time. Now days, with the forest cover being scanned with Lidar, Deep Learning software and expertise as well as Big Data analysis techniques availability, the same project can be financed because it is very likely to improve sustainable forest industries operations as well as help governments in creating forest maps.
Founder is currently doing a 2018 market analysis and looking for growing a complete startup team.
There is a possibility for the development to start again in fall 2018.
OIFII 2017 may be released on 2018 ending or sometimes in 2019.