SAW Research & Development organization investigates and studies based on STEM, and engineering technologies as well as the new processes made practicable by their use.

It also acts as an incubator for “applying research” in the strict sense as, thanks to thematic labs, the scientific and technical bases of emerging technologies can be understood and practical activities can take place that are adapted to real scenarios based on current “case studies” and near future predictions.


Research at SAW R&D is done by small individual led research groups and there are also large interdisciplinary project teams. The research environment supports highly creative work done by a small group. At the same time the environment is suitable for managing the large mission critical Assignments that are undertaken at SAW R&D

There is a large talent pool of high level researchers so there is great opportunity for need based collaboration. Due to the vibrant research environment at SAW R&D there is regular exposure to new ideas. It helps young researchers to prepare their mind and see


The pedagogy helps the faculty grow SAW STEM Programme. The faculty is encouraged to develop new courses based on their research. The faculty also has the freedom to modify existing courses to include content related to their research.

The faculty benefit from the dedicated Engineering Researcher, who are key to the success of research at SAW R&D.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are nowadays becoming versatile and inexpensive tools for doing operations that formerly were either impossible or extremely costly. Beside the well known military applications, they can be effectively used also for non-military purposes.

Starting from using UAV platforms available on the market, SAW R&D is actually doing R&D activities mainly on “Vertical take-off and Landing” (VTOL) drones in two main directions:

  • Enabling autonomous missions:
    This topic aims at the development of systems for making the drones able to accomplish short missions without being guided by any expert pilot. In this scenario the human being on the ground acts as a “mission supervisor”, ready to interact in case of emergency or danger. 
  • Developing new application-driven payloads:
    Using the space available on the UAV, we can deploy on it electronic systems taking care of actual size, shape and weight limits. For example, the drone can be used to collect air quality data from on-board sensors. 


The institute encourages active learning to help build critical thinking skills of its students and prepare them for research. Quality research needs committed students to move the research agenda forward. Therefore a student at SAW R&D gets a world class education and gets to participate in the great research work.

For the students it is an ideal place to learn how high quality research is done. Being a science intensive engineering education the students are more future ready and are able to adapt to new technologies. And thanks to the big emerging opportunities for new technologies, more and more students are today choosing a research oriented job over a job that does not involve formal research. SAW R&D prepares its students well for such jobs.

SAW R&D is developing a multi-purpose payload that enables autonomous missions, equipped with an expansion board for connecting different kind of environmental sensors.