Museum of Science and Industry

National Robotics Week 2015

April 4, 2015 - April 12, 2015

Event Essentials

  • Ages:
  • This event is suitable for all ages.
  • Date:
  • April 4-12, 2015
  • Location:
  • Main Level, Museum-Wide
    Museum Map
  • Tickets:
  • Included with Museum Entry

Events Apr. 4, 11 and 12. Select programs available daily Apr. 4-12.

The robots are coming! (And they're here to help.)

Celebrate National Robotics Week 2015 by checking out the cool ‘bots designed by Chicago-area student and amateur teams, hearing from top university robotics scholars, watching a live robotics competition and interacting with some state-of-the-art robots. All activities are included in Museum Entry.

April 4, 11 and 12

Robots on display
(at varying times and dates) include:

  • Baxter, a versatile robot that is perfect for working in industry alongside people.
  • ROBOTIS MINI, a miniature humanoid robot that can perform many exciting research and education activities.
  • Geomagic Touch, which is used in research, 3D modeling, OEM applications and more, and applies force feedback on the user’s hand, giving true-to-life touch sensations.
  • EKSO, an exoskeleton that that helps people increase their physical abilities.
  • PARO, the furry baby seal robot, which is used as a therapy tool for both the elderly and autistic children.
  • UPenn’s TOBI, a four-legged robot intended to help robotics students to more easily understand the connection of the robot to familiar animals, such as dogs and cats.
  • Northwestern University’s Ghostbot, a robotic fish that can alternate between swimming forwards and backwards, as well as vertically, by using a sophisticated, ribbon-like fin.

Demonstrations from university, after-school and hobbyist robotics teams.

Saturday, April 11 only

Professor Talks (10:30 a.m., Lab 1)

  • Prof. Brenna D. Argall, Northwestern University: “Turning Assistive Machines into Assistive Robots"
  • Prof. Mitra Hartmann, Northwestern University: "Whiskers and Rodents and Robots, Oh My!"
  • Prof. Malcolm MacIver, Northwestern University: “Electric Fish Robotics”
  • Prof. Matthew Spenko, Illinois Institute of Technology: "Integrating Robotics into Everyday Life"

Student Talks (noon, Rotunda)

  • Alexander Broad, Northwestern University: "Visualizing Four-Dimensional Space"
  • Matthew Derry, Northwestern University: "Path Planning: There and Back Again"
  • Guillermo Duenas Arana, Illinois Institute of Technology: “Giving Autonomy to Mobile Robots”
  • Izaak Neveln, Northwestern University: “Ghostbot: The Mechanical Hummingbird of the Sea”
  • Emily Plumb & Turner Topping, University of Pennsylvania, Kodlab: “Bio-inspired Legged Robots”
  • Don Ruffatto, Illinois Institute of Technology: “Novel Adhesives for Space Applications”
  • Mohammad Dadkhah Tehrani, Illinois Institute of Technology: “Electrostatics in Action”

BotBall Championship

The BotBall Championship on April 11 is a team-oriented robotics competition for middle- and high-school-aged students who design, build and program the competing robots.

Robot Block Party on Twitter

Share your National Robotics Week experience at @msichicago with #Roboweek and #MSIbot.

Events nationwide

For a full listing of National Robotics Week events from around the country and an extensive inventory of robotics-related resources and information, please visit, or

Museum Hours
  • through December 20:
    Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Saturday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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