Courses at University – Bachelor and Master Degrees

At University of Pisa Prof. Sergio Saponara is the teaching responsible for the following courses:

Vehicular Electronics, 6 CFU, cod. 630 II, Master degree in Vehicle Engineering

Electronic Systems for Automation and Robotics, 6 CFU, cod. 279 II, Master degree in Robotics and Automation Engineering

Electronics Manufacturing, 6 CFU, cod. 193II, Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering.

Electronics, 6 CFU, cod. AA209, Bachelor degree in Maritime and Naval Science (at the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno)

Enabling Technologies for IoT, 6 CFU, cod. II691

In 2016 he held also the seminar “Analysis and design of Electronic Wireless Circuits and Systems using RFtoolbox/SIMRF” within the course Electronics of Wireless Systems, 9 CFU, cod. 308II for the Master degree in Electronic Engineering.

In the past he held also teaching activities in the following courses at University of Pisa:

Embedded Systems, 9 CFU, cod. 311 II, Master degree in Electronic Engineering

Architectures of Electronic Systems, 9 CFU, cod. 089II, Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering

Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, 12 CFU, cod. II101, Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering

Autronics and Mechatronics, 12 CFU, cod. 379 II, Master degree in Vehicular Engineering

Programmable Electronic Systems, 5 CFU, cod. II377, for the Master degrees in Automation Engineering

Electronics, 5 CFU, cod. II 247, for the Master degrees in Automation Engineering

In the last years (Jan 2014 to July 2017) he was involved in the commission of  about 580 exams as President of the evaluating commission.

Details about courses and lessons can be found at


Evaluation of students can be found (3.5 in average in a scale from 0 to 4) at


Summer Schools, Post-graduate Master Programs, PhD Schools

Prof. Saponara is also the promoter and scientific director, with Prof. Giuliano Manara, of the Summer School of the University of Pisa “Enabling technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT)“, co-organized with the University of Kiel in 2016 and with Universities of Kiel, Grenoble, Curitiba and Tarragona in 2017.

The first edition, held in July 2016, involved 31 students coming from 12 different countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa with teachers from Universities of Pisa and Kiel and from industries (STMicroelectronics, Anritsu, Linear Technology, IDS, Zerynth, Cubitlab, Syn-Tau).

To this aim an IoT Industry Special Day has been organized.

The Proceedings of the Summer School has been published in a E-Book, editors Prof. S. Saponara and Prof. G. Manara, ISBN 978-88-902289-1-9, entitled “Proceedings of the Summer School on Enabling Technologies for the Internet of Things (ETIOT2016)”

Within the Summer School he hald also the lectures

Prof. S. Saponara, “ICs and VLSI architectures for mm-wave/RF wireless transceivers in IoT applications

Prof. S. Saponara, “ICs and VLSI architectures for mm-wave/RF wireless transceivers in IoT applications
(Remote Sensing)”

in 2017 he will also hel the lecture

Prof. S. Saponara, “IoT for connected vehicles and smart mobility”

Further informations can be found at





Prof. Saponara is a co-founder and a teacher of the post-graduate Master program in “Automotive Engineering and Principles of Management” by Universities of Pisa and Florence. In this Mater he will held the courses:

Integrated mechatronic systems”, 3 CFU

Test, Measurement  and Component Life Cycle Characterization”, 3 CFU

Prof. Saponara was a member of the managing committee of the Engineering PhD School “Leonardo da Vinci” at Pisa University and now of the PhD School in ICT Engineering, still at Pisa University, see http://phd.dii.unipi.it/

In 2016 he held the PhD course:

Prof. Saponara, 4 CFU, “Recent Advances in Sensors and Embedded Systems for Automotive ADAS (Autonomous Driver Assistance Systems)

Prof. Saponara is an IEEE Senior Member, and he is a member of the organizing committee of the IEEE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF IMAGING (I2SI).

He held also lectures for:

  • The 7th ForitAAL Summer School, Scuola Superiore S’Anna, (see http://www.foritaal2016.it/scuola-foritaal/): Prof. S. Saponara, “Embedded sensing and processing platform for remote healthcare services”, June 2016.
  • The 2012 GE Summer School, Saponara, “Architectures and technologies for highly integrated low power radar”https://sites.google.com/site/44gie2012/home/scuola-di-dottorato
  • The Pianeta Galileo program of Tuscany Region,  2014, lecture “Sistemi elettronici per veicoli di nuova generazione”  for high schools in the areas of Grosseto, Livorno and Prato.
  • The Pianeta Galileo program of Tuscany Region, 2015, lecture “Sistemi elettronici per l’energia e la meccatronica”, for high schools in the areas of  Pisa, Lucca, Firenze.
  • The Pianeta Galileo program of Tuscany Region, 2016, lecture “Enabling Technologies for the IoT”, for high schools in the areas of Pisa and Pistoia.
  • For the AEIT (Italian Association for Electrical, Electronics, Automation and IT engineering), lecture “Hardware Acceleratore for Real-time and Video-camera based Automotive Driver Assistance Systems”

He held also professional courses for international companies:

  • Electronic Systems for Mechatronics” for Magna Closures in 2012
  • Electronic Systems for Energy and Control” for ABB-PowerOne in 2010

Moreover he held invited talks, round tables and tutorial at international IEEE and SPIE conferences such as:

Eusipco 2006, IEEE Radarcon 2012, SPIE RTIVP 2013, IEEE WISP 2015, CCEAS2015, SPIE Photonics Europe 2016.


Available Thesis

Thesis for master students (about 6 months of work) are available  in the following fields:

  • Wireless electronic systems: simulations, design, testing of wireless transceivers for Internet-0f-Things, 5G wireless communications, wireless industrial networking, Radar sensing
  • Vehicular Engineering (automotive, railway, e-bikes/scooter): integrated circuits and systems for electric/hybrid vehicles,  autonomous and connected cars (ADAS, V2V and V2I communications, Radars/Lidars), functional safety, new sensors and instrumentation for x-by-wire, mechatronics and energy management
  • Space and UAVs: on-board payloads (visible and thermal cameras, radar, lidar) for UAV, on-board satellite communications  (SpaceWire/SpaceFibre/wizard-link)
  • Wearable and wireless sensing for telemedicine and contactless industrial measurements
  • Real-time image and video processing embedded systems (DSP, FPGA, ASIC) for consumer, industrial and automotive
  • Thesis are also available in collaborations with national and international industries (Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, AMS, Renesas, Finmeccanica, FlyBy, Rico, Magna, Piaggio, IngeniArs, Pure Power Control, Sitael, …)

Teaching Books

Prof. Saponara is the author of the following books

S. Saponara, C. Rosadini, “Sistemi Elettronici di Controllo”, editore  SEU, 2003

S. Saponara, G. Manara,  “Proceedings of the Summer School on Enabling Technologies for the Internet of Things (ETIOT2016)”, ISBN 978-88-902289-1-9, 2016

S. Saponara, E. Ragonese, M. Greco, B. Neri, G. Palumbo, “Highly Integrated Low Power Radars”, Artech House, 2014 available also from Amazon

Prof. S. Saponara is also academic tutor of 10 students of the Master Degree in Robotics and Automation Engineering and of 10 studends enrolled in 3 bachelor degrees (Computer Engineering, Eletronics, Biomedical Engineering) of the Department of Information Engineering (DII) at Pisa University

Prof. S. Saponara is/has been the  tutor of 10 PhD students of the PhD porgram “Dottorato di Ricerca in Ingegneria della Informazione”

Prof. S. Saponara is also a local contact for the Texas Instruments University Program

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