Reconfigurable Systems Summer Institute
Sponsored by NCSA and OSC

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2005 RSSI Frequently Asked Questions

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Where will the Reconfigurable Systems Summer Institute take place?
All sessions will be held at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology on the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. Beckman is located at 405 N. Mathews Ave. in Urbana.

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What is the closest airport?
Willard Airport (CMI) is the closest commercial location.

What are some other nearby airports?
Indianapolis International Airport (IND) — Indianapolis, Indiana - 117.02 miles away
O'Hare International Airport (ORD) — Chicago, Illinois - 152.83 miles away Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) — Bloomington, Illinois - 53.65 miles away


The Hampton Inn at 1200 W. University Ave, Urbana, is the closest hotel to the Beckman Institute and is within walking distance (less than one block). The hotel provides complimentary airport shuttle service from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Check the online Champaign County Visitors Guide for information on other Urbana-Champaign accommodations.


Metered parking is available in the circle drive and the parking garage (east of the Beckman Institute) and on Wright Street (west of the Beckman Institute), as shown on this map.

There will be some free metered spots available during the workshop on a first-come, first-served basis.


Will there be Internet access at the conference?
Yes, wireless Internet will be available.

IEEE 802.11a and 802.11b wireless access will be available for users who have laptops, PDAs, and other devices with compatible wireless cards. The SSID will be "NCSA," but the wireless network will also be set up to not require an SSID from the clients.

In order to provide as reliable a wireless network as possible to the meeting attendees, no wireless equipment at 2.4 Ghz or 5.2 Ghz except client cards may be used at the workshop venue without prior approval from We appreciate your cooperation in eliminating potential interference.


There are a number of local taxi cab services:

  • Andy's Limousine: (217) 352-3859
  • Campus Taxi: (217) 359-4520
  • Checker: (217) 355-0200
  • Corky's Cab: (217) 352-3121
  • Yellow: (217) 355-3553


The Champaign County Conventions and Visitors Bureau provides information on things to do and see in Urbana-Champaign. The local arts organization 40 North/88 West also lists local music, theater, and arts happenings.

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of musical and theatrical entertainment. This week KCPA will feature performances of Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Broadway.

There are myriad dining options in Urbana-Champaign. If you'd like to walk a few blocks to downtown Champaign, you can find Chinese, Thai, fusion and sushi restaurants; coffee shops and a bakery; bars offering burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads and munchies; a traditional Italian restaurant and an Italian wine bar; a late-night diner; and a fine-dining steak-and-seafood restaurant.


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