Research and Posgraduate Networks

About us

The Research and Graduate Networks are instances of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional that aim to promote and articulate the interrelation and research and professional cooperation between polytechnic teachers and researchers, promoting and consolidating the collective work of scientific and technological research, favoring the generation of frontier scientific knowledge, the development of cutting-edge technological tools, the gestation of evolutionary and disruptive innovations, and the search for adapted and effective solutions to regional, national and international problems, which have a positive social impact for society as a whole.

The vocation of the networks is to promote the cooperation and integration of the polytechnic community, as well as to create alliances and links with individuals and national and international entities, so that the results obtained could not be achieved without the active participation, openness of thought and the joint will of each and every one of the members of the networks, in their different scales and in their different forms.

History of IPN Research and Postgraduate Networks

On November 30, 2006, the Instituto Politécnico Nacional created the Nanoscience and Micro-nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Environment Networks as advisory, consulting, support and coordination bodies of the Institute with the purpose of promoting the training of human resources of academic and professional excellence, as well as the generation of frontier scientific knowledge and its transformation into useful applications for society in these areas.

In January 2009, the Computing Network was created, while in July 2010 the Energy Network was created, adding up to five networks by the end of 2010.

In 2011, the Health and Economic Development Networks were created and for the first time a network of experts was created, in this case, the Telecommunications Experts Network, with the intention of generating technological development.

In September 2011, the "Guidelines for the creation and operation of research and postgraduate networks" were published in the Polytechnic Gazette with extraordinary number 885, which lay the foundations for the organization and operation of all active networks and those in the process of creation.

In June 2012, the Network of Experts in Robotics and Mechatronics is created, having to spend six more years to create two more networks of experts: the Network of Experts in Complex Systems and the Network of Experts in Automotive Innovation, both in September 2018.

In January 2020, shortly before the official start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the **Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Network is created, the latter being the one that integrates the current number of twelve research and postgraduate networks in force at the Institute.

Research Networks

Are characterized by generating cutting-edge knowledge, both in the field of basic and applied science, seeking to transform it into useful applications for society. Likewise, these networks promote the training of human resources of academic and professional excellence that will promote the development of science in the future, with an own polytechnic vision.

Expert Networks

The Expert Networks intend to carry out basic and applied research, generate technological development, provide consultancy and advice on the technological issues they address, and influence the development of regulations and public policies inherent to their subject.

Analysis of the distribution of members in networks in relation to their origins

As of January 2022, 728 active members were registered. The academic unit that contributes the largest number of members to the networks is ESIME Zacatenco, with 56 members distributed in 9 of the networks, followed by CIC, which contributes 48 members in five networks, although in two networks it is a single individual. At the other extreme, the network with the lowest number of members is the Network of Experts in Automotive Innovation, with only 25 members. The group of polytechnic entities includes academic units of Higher Secondary and Higher Education, Research Centers, Liaison Centers, and bodies such as the Secretariat of Research and Graduate Studies.

Analysis of the number of SNI researchers assigned to the networks

In relation to the number of professors recognized in the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI, by its acronym in Spanish), based on the number of members registered in the networks, out of 816 members registered in the networks, 479 researchers belong to However, looking closely at each of the networks, it can be seen that the Biotechnology Network has 85% of its members registered in the System, while the Robotics and Mechatronics Experts Network has only 9% of SNI researchers. This is explained by the type of activities they develop, several of them linked to the application and development of technology (rather than science).