Drones: new rules and opportunities. Meeting between FOCA, academia, and industries


Institutional Communication Service

24 April 2023

The drone industry is an emerging sector with constant and sudden evolutions. Technological developments allow drones to be used in different areas, improving transportation options and services such as inspections, security, and emergency. This implies that regulations must also be adapted to the context, for the safe and responsible use of these systems.

The event aims to present the latest innovations from the industrial, academic, and regulatory perspectives with input from companies, Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA USI-SUPSI), and the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA). In particular, you have the opportunity to learn about the innovative activities carried out by companies active at the Lodrino Drone Competence Center (SDBC), some research projects carried out by IDSIA, and the European regulations adopted by Switzerland as of January 1, 2023, presented by the FOCA, with the opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

The event will be held in English. Register for free here.

Program highlights:

  • FOCA conference on regulations
  • Presentation of case studies
  • Counter-drone systems presentation
  • Presentation of drones with advanced applications
  • Sensor research projects
  • Research projects on artificial intelligence


  • 13:00 – 13:30: Registration
  • 13:30 – 13:45: Welcome
    Marco Cavadini, Managing Director CC SDBC
    Luca Maria Gambardella, Pro-Rector for Innovation and Corporate Relations, USI
    Milena Properzi, Director, SUPSI-DTI
  • 13:45 – 14:30: Swiss Drone Base Camp: industry Conference
    Marco Cavadini, Managing Director CC SDBC
    Adriano Basile, CEO Abintel Sagl
    Paolo Bellezza, COO RR Engineering SA
  • 14:30 – 15:15: Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence IDSIA USI-SUPSI: research projects
    Alessandro Giusti, Professor, IDSIA USI-SUPSI
    Daniele Palossi, Researcher, IDSIA USI-SUPSI
  • 15:15 – 15:30: Coffee break
  • 15:30 – 18:00: Federal Office for Civil Aviation FOCA: regulatory framework
    Markus Farner, Head Trends & Insights, FOCA
    Tim Kazik, UAS Authorization and Oversight, FOCA
    Tristan Maitre, UAS Authorization and Oversight, FOCA
  • from 18:00: Aperitif and information booths