Research Areas

The research domains for the Leonardo Labs are prioritised to align with the "2030 Masterplan for Innovation", one of the pillars on which the strategic plan "Be Tomorrow - Leonardo 2030" is based.

There are eight research areas which feed into the work of multiple laboratories. The table below shows how these research areas support each of the laboratories. Some research areas, which are specific to certain sectors, affect only some laboratories.

RESEARCH AREAS OF LEONARDO LABS Research Areas Big Data HPC/Cloud Digital Twin and Advanced Simulation Artifcial Intelligence Unmanned and Robotics Quantum Technologies Electrifcation Materials Technologies Intelligent Autonomous System Future Security & Safety Technologies Future Rotorcraft Technologies Future Aircraft Technologies Space Technologies Materials Technologies Future Electronics & Sensing Quantum Technologies Applied Artifcial Intelligence HPC\Cloud \Big Data Technologies Leonardo Labs

Research Areas of Leonardo Labs

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is an essential technology today in many domains and it is important to continue studying it to identify new opportunities that can be applied to our products and services.



High Performance Computing /Cloud

This area of research support Leonardo’s innovation process and the adoption of cutting-edge digital technologies which use High Performance Computing.


Big Data

The research domain of Big Data work in harmony with efforts in High Performance Computing/Cloud research to study and investigate new methods to extract and visualise information.


Quantum Technologies

Research in this area focus on two programmes to consolidate Leonardo’s position in advanced electronics and sensing, and to generate new proprietary technologies. Work also investigate the potential of quantum computing.


Unmanned and Robotics

This research area is dedicated to the study of Autonomous Intelligent Systems including a broad range of products and technologies such as drones, robots, autonomous vehicles, actuation through the Internet of Things, and tele-operated devices, as well as devices using Artificial Intelligence.


This research area studies the electrification of propulsion in aircraft and helicopters to meet the decarbonisation requirements of the new European Green Deal.

Materials Technologies

This research area is devoted to the study of emerging materials technologies to assess how they could be applied to future products, especially in the avionics field.

Digital Twin and Advanced Simulation

This research area studies the use of 'Digital Twins', digital copies of the physical system and its components, for design purposes and to increase safety and operational flexibility.