Work Team


Established in 2019, the observatory aims to be the point of reference at national level for the study and monitoring of the rapidly evolving and constantly changing UAS sector, in terms of the machines manufactured as well as of the applications developed. Research focuses on characterizing the current status and identify development and innovation areas in technological, market, and legislative terms by combining the expertise of the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, and of the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology.


The activities planned by the Observatory for 2019 are:

  • in-field research involving all main players of the drone industry, user companies and key institutions in this field;
  • two internal workshops with Observatory Partners and Sponsors aimed at sharing intermediate results and steering Research activities;
  • some theme based workshop in collaboration with the communities of some Observatories (e.g. Contract Logistic, Smart Agrifood, Startup Intelligence);
  • a public conference to present Research findings in the Drone sector with round tables and talks delivered by the leading players of this sector.


With the 2019-2020 Research the Observatory aims to:

  • Map the drone supply chain;
  • Analyze the national and international markets;
  • Identify market and technology trends;
  • Map applications;
  • Understand the interactions between applications and legislative matters.

Sponsorship opportunities

Every year more than 300 companies join the Digital Innovation Observatories activities, getting in touch with the corporate, institutional and academic decision makers

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Partners and Sponsors

The Community is currently under definition.
For more information on the possibilities to collaborate with and support Drone Observatory research, please contact Paola Olivares (paola.olivares@polimi.it) and Claudia Cervatti (claudia.cervatti@polimi.it).