September 14–18, 2014 Chicago, Illinois

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  • Lake Michigan
  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Millennium Park
  • Art Institute of Chicago (Banquet)
  • The Field Museum, Museum Campus
  • Grant Park
  • Navy Pier
  • Palmer House Lobby
  • Skyline Reflected by Cloud Gate (the Bean)
  • Chicago Skyline at Twilight

Technical Tour

IROS 2014 will offer a single technical tour that includes demonstrations from research groups at two institutions. Tickets are issued at a rate of $10 on a first-come-first-serve basis and are offered during conference registration.

Thursday, September 18, 3:30-5:30pm — Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the world’s leading hospital and research enterprise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, ranked #1 by World & News Report for 23 consecutive years. Our mission is rooted in our dedication to providing the highest-quality patient care and outcomes through integrated research, scientific discovery, and education. Our patients drive our passion, and motivate us to continually improve, delivering better outcomes and achieving faster recoveries. No other rehabilitation hospital in the nation carries six research designations from U.S. government agencies, including the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the National Institutes of Health, to develop breakthrough treatments. RIC's research discoveries set new standards and protocols in rehabilitation hospitals around the world.

Northwestern University was founded in 1851, and has grown into one of the nation’s premier research institutions. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, one in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and one in downtown Chicago. Northwestern has 12 schools and colleges, 10 of which offer graduate and professional programs, and is home to more than 8,000 full-time undergraduates and 8,000 full-time graduate students. The Neuroscience and Robotics Lab (NxR) at Northwestern University is a collaboration among faculty and students in Northwestern's Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Our research focuses on robotics, neuroscience, bio-inspired robotics, and robotics-inspired neuromechanics.


Please arrive at RIC promptly at 3:30. Tours will begin in room 1611 on the 16th floor. Further instructions will be provided on-site.

Getting There

RIC is located at 345 E. Superior St., which is 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from from the Palmer House. It is easily accessible via walking, bus, subway or cab.

Walking directions (30 minutes):

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By bus (20-25 minutes with walking):

Walk 1 block north on Wabash Ave to Madison St. Catch either of the 66 or 157 bus lines heading east. Exit at the "Fairbanks & Huron" stop. Walk 1/2 block east on Huron. RIC is located on this block, on the left.


Walk 1/2 block east on Monroe St to Michigan Ave. Catch any of the 3, 26 or 143 bus lines heading north. Exit at the "Michigan & Huron" stop. Walk 2.5 blocks east on Huron. RIC is locate on the block after Fairbanks Ct, on the left.

For live bus tracking and trip planning, visit:

By subway (15 minutes with walking):

Catch the red line at the "Monroe" stop (located at Monroe St & State St) heading in the direction "Howard". Exit at the "Chicago" stop (located at Chicago Ave & State St). Walk 1 km (0.6 miles) east on Chicago Ave. Turn south (right) on Fairbanks Ct, then east (left) on Superior St. RIC is located on this block, on the right.

For live subway tracking and trip planning, visit:

By cab (10 minutes):

The cost should be around $10.