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Swiss Arena, Kloten, Zurich, Switzerland, 8 October 2016
The Cybathlon is a championship for racing pilots with disabilities who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. The competitions are comprised by different disciplines that apply the most modern powered knee prostheses, wearable arm prostheses, powered exoskeletons, powered wheelchairs, electrically stimulated muscles and novel brain-computer interfaces. The assistive devices can include commercially available products provided by companies, but also prototypes developed by research labs. There will be two medals for each competition, one for the pilot, who is driving the device, and one for the provider of the device. The event is organized by ETH Zurich.

The main goal of the Cybathlon is to provide a platform for the development of novel assistive technologies that are useful for daily life. Through the organization of the Cybathlon we want to help removing barriers between the public, people with disabilities and science.

Cybathlon Updates



Bionic athletes compete in disciplines drawn from everyday life

Robert Riener

Next year's Cybathlon will host people with physical disabilities equipped with advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. The goal of this unique competition is to remove barriers between people with physical disabilities, researchers and the general public and to promote the development of assistive technologies that are useful for daily life. We talked to Robert Riener, the Cybathlon's main organizer and Professor of Sensory-Motor Systems at ETH. Read more 



Standard and conformity institute provides helpful guidelines

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) took notice of the Cybathlon and expeditiously issued an article with helpful guidelines for tech providers. Read more 


Tech Providers of the Cybathlon: Graz BCI Racing Team

Picture of two members of the Graz BCI Racing Team

We spoke to Philip Stampfer, a student at TU Graz, about his involvement in the BCI race. Read more 


Pilots of the Cyathlon: Patrick Mayrhofer

Portait Picture of Arm Prosthetics Race Pilot Patrick Mayrhofer

Patrick Mayrhofer lives in Vienna and will be competing in the Arm Prosthetics Race with Ottobock. Read more 


Pilots of the Cybathlon: Robi Bojanec

Picture of the Cybathlon Wheelchair Pilot Robi Bojanec

Robi Bojanec comes from Slovenia and will compete as pilot for ULFE (University of Ljubliana, Electrical Engineering) Wheelchair in the powered wheelchair race. Read more 


Tech Providers of the Cybathlon: Scalevo

Rendered picture of the Scalevo wheelchair

Team Scalevo come out of the Automatic Systems Laboratory of ETH Zurich, headed by Roland Siegwart. They are registred with a team in the wheelchair race for Cybathlon 2016 and we caught up with team member Carlos Gomes to discuss their progress. Read more 


Early Bird Registration

Early Bird Registration for teams is now available. Read more 


BCI Collaboration: gTec

Get your BCI for the Cybathlon! Read more 


BCI Collaboration: Brain Products

Get your BCI system for the Cybathlon! Read more 


Cybathlon goes viral!

Logos of some of the media repoting about the Cybathlon

After a report on the BBC News homepage the Cybathlon get worldwide attention. Read more 

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