This page lists selected universities and other academic organisations with significant relevance to UAS.  The intention is to facilitate navigation to the websites of organizations across market and geographic sectors to assist in the acquisition of knowledge.  The selection does not intend to recommend nor to discriminate against any organisations in particular.  Regulator organisations can be found in the Regulation pages.  Standards organisations can be found in the Standards page.  Professional and trade associations and societies are listed on the Organisations page.


CASCADE is a partnership of academic organizations, centred in the UK.  CASCADE’s website states:  'The goal of CASCADE is to accelerate the exploitation of aerial robotics across a wide range of science and industry applications. Through fundamental research and case studies, we will advance the understanding and technologies required to allow routine operation of advanced aerial robotic systems. Common system architectures will be developed and employed together with their associated risk and reliability models. There will also be application specific technology deliverables that meet the needs of current and emerging users of aerial robots linked to the CASCADE case studies. We will shape the technological and regulatory standards upon which a safe and commercially and scientifically vibrant industry can grow.'  See the website at:

Bristol University, UK -

Cranfield University, UK -

Imperial College, London, UK:

Manchester University, UK:

Southampton University, UK - and

Mainland Europe

Aarlborg University, DK:

NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Trondheim, NO:

Technical University, Munich, DE:

Empa Robotics, Zurich, CH:

University of Zurich/ETH, CH:

Delft, NL:

University of Zagreb, HR:

Seville, SP:

The Americas

The C-UAS website states:  'The Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) was established in 2012 and is an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center involving Brigham Young University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Virginia Tech, the University of Michigan, and Texas A&M University. The center is the only National Science Foundation-funded unmanned aircraft research center. Its purpose is to provide innovative solutions to key technical challenges and superb training for future leaders in the unmanned aircraft systems industry.'  See:




Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Team (RUASRT)  The RMIT Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Team (RUASRT) is dedicated to enabling the safe and efficient operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in a variety of civil, commercial and defence applications. UAS, also commonly referred to as drones, are the fastest growing sector of the aviation industry, with applications in defence, emergency services, mining, agriculture, media, law enforcement, infrastructure inspection and environmental management.  The RUASRT comprises a multi-disciplinary team of world leading researchers at RMIT University

 Queensland University for Technology (QUT) Centre for Robotics:   Established in 2020, the QUT Centre for Robotics (QCR) conducts world-leading research in intelligent robotics. We translate fundamental research into real-world outcomes that benefit industry and society. Our experts are leaders in education, training and development of talent in robotics and autonomous systems, and provide leadership in technological policy development and societal debate. The applications of our research extend to agriculturehealth and medicine, environmental monitoring, infrastructure monitoring, manufacturing, mining and construction.

 The University of Sydney:   Aerospace Engineering has internationally-recognised expertise in the design and development of innovative UAVs which has been applied to multiple research projects involving airframe systems, instrumentation, flight simulation, flight dynamics, control, guidance and navigation, flight testing, system characterisation, flight operations and market analysis.

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