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Introduction to robotics and automated systems. The development of robots, different working models of robots, selection sensors, and programming of robot controllers. Introduction to computer integrated manufacturing operations, including types and components of CIM systems, economic considerations, and the integration of CIM components into a flexible manufacturing system (FMS). Laboratory projects to include construction and programming of mobile robots (e.g. LEGO Mindstorms Robots or Parallax BASIC Stamp II Boe-Bot) and the assembly and test of individual component designs for CIM systems into a miniature FMS built from the Fischertechnik models.