Instituto Politécnico Nacional
Center for Research and Development of Digital Technology
Generating knowledge through applied research and graduate programs

Our mission

We are a center for scientific research and technology development, committed to cutting-edge knowledge generation in digital systems and the formation of highly qualified professionals at the graduate level, that have the ability to innovate and foster technology.


Our vision

To be an internationally recognized science and technology research center with certified graduate programs that aims for a scientific, technological, industrial and educational development of Mexico, with social, ethical, fair and respectful commitment.

Research Areas

Our 20 researchers are focused on three main areas:

Control Systems

The control systems group investigates methodologies and designs robust controllers based on non-linear H-infinite and variable structure perspectives, in cases when the model is not known or when consideration of the dynamics of the actuators is mandatory; with applications to inverted pendulums, aerial and space vehicles, and mechanical systems.
Intelligent control based on fuzzy logic type-2 and similar techniques, with applications to safe and efficient trajectory planning of mobile robots, and to intelligent controller designs of electromechanical systems, is also studied.
Important basic scientific research is conducted as well in dynamical analysis of tumor-growth models, in order to determine the conditions that lead to the elimination of tumor cells.

Information and Communication Technologies

A diverse group of researchers works in the areas of: advanced image processing systems and pattern recognition, where FPGA- and GPU-based digital architectures and algorithms are developed for applications such as real-time visibility enhancement in the presence of haze, object recognition and tracking in 3D space, face recognition and emotion recognition through facial expression; circuits and systems modeling and design for telecommunications systems; remote sensing imaging technology in the visible and near infrared spectrum for nanosatellites; far-distance iris recognition under non-controlled environmental conditions; and multimedia indexing for cultural heritage preservation.

Intelligent Systems

Research focuses in parallel and quantum computing principles and algorithms, making use of high performance computing platforms such as GPU clusters, with applications in medical image processing, combinatorial computing and complex model solving and visualization.

Graduate programs

Quality programs certified by the National Council on Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACYT).

Master of Sciences in Digital Systems
The objective of the program is the formation of highly qualified professionals at the graduate level that have the ability to apply scientific knowledge and provide innovative technological solutions to problems in their field of expertise.
Doctorate of Sciences in Digital Systems
The objective is the formation of leaders in scientific research with a global vision that contribute substantially with original and innovative solutions to society.

Strategic research, industry and academic alliances

Aware of the challenges science, technology, innovation and education face in the 21st. century, we are committed to collaboration at the international, national and regional levels. Our alliances strengthen our research, the scope of our vision, and represent invaluable opportunities for the exchange of ideas.

Our current alliances:


Université Bourdeux - LaBRI, France

Université Lyon, France

Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Rusia

INSA Lyon, France

University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Ohio State University, USA

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia



Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
(UNAM), Mexico City

Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica
y Electrónica (INAOE), Puebla

Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas
(CIMAT), Guanajuato

Agencia Espacial Mexicana, Mexico City

Instituto Tecnológico de la Laguna, Torreón

Corporativo SRT, Colima

Baja California region


SMK Electronics

Universidad Autónoma de Baja California

Universidad Tecnológica de Tijuana

CETYS Universidad

Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana

Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)


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