Interest in robotics has experienced an increased growth in Mexico. A key component in this growth has come from the promotion activities led by a network of professors from different institutions who joined efforts to put together several initiatives that have had signiﬁcant impact in robotics development in Mexico. These initiatives include the organization of national and international robotics competitions in Mexico, the promotion of the participation of Mexican teams in international competitions such as the RoboCup, and the creation of robotics curricula that covers high school through graduate studies.
Around the year 2000, a group of Mexican universities started the organization of robotics competitions in Mexico with the aim to reach participation in the whole country. Over the years, these robotics competitions grew in participants and institutions until the Mexican Robotics Tournament (TMR, Spanish acronym) was born in 2008 in Mexico City. In 2002, Mexican teams started participating in RoboCup. Since then, Mexican participation has grown in several leagues. Their experience was brought to the Mexican Robotics Tournament which was recognized as the RoboCup Mexican Open since its ﬁrst edition. The TMR hosts a variety of RoboCup Junior competitions. It also includes the Beach Cleaning Robot Contest, the national preliminaries for the Latin American Robotics Student Competition in Standard Educational Kit, and Open Challenge (annually organized by the Latin American Robotics Council of the IEEE Region 9). In the past it has also included Robothon competitions (organized by the Seattle Robotics Society). The teams that win in the national preliminaries get support from the Mexican Robotics Federation (FMR, Spanish acronym) to participate in the corresponding international events. Every year since 2008, the Mexican Robotics Tournament has set participation records with the most recent, in 2015, including more than 1100 participants.
In 2010, the FMR was created in order to oversee these efforts. The FMR groups research professors who have been collaborating for over ﬁfteen years in the organization of national and international robotics events. They are afﬁliated with some of the most prestigious research universities and institutes in Mexico. The main objectives of the FMR include: to foster the development of robotics in Mexico; to organize regional, national and international robotics competitions; to establish collaborations with similar groups all over the world; to organize research networks in robotics and other related ﬁelds; and, to disseminate the results of research and development in the ﬁeld of robotics among the public.
In 2011 the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT acronym in Spanish), the Mexican institution in charge of the promotion of scientiﬁc and technological activities, promoted the creation of research networks between scientists and engineers to share knowledge in different areas. One of them was the Robotics and Mechatronics Network. This network organized workshops and meetings that help different groups of researchers to know each other, with the goal to work together in the future in robotics projects. Unfortunately, the resources given to this kind of networks are at this time uncertain although some groups are still working together.