Exoskeleton Race

Robotic exoskeletons are devices that enable paraplegic individuals to stand upright, walk, or climb and descend stairs. Even though robotic exoskeletons for paraplegics have been in development since the late 1960s and early 1970s, the technology has not matured to a point where the devices are accepted by the end-users.

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Exoskeleton Race Tasks


Moving Parcel

For most devices, walking in an exoskeleton requires the use of crutches. As a result, it is difficult for a user to carry objects while walking. During in-home use, carrying objects while walking in an exoskeleton can be of high practical value.

In this task, pilots must carry a box to a target location while walking in their exoskeleton.


Train Compartment

Taking a seat and standing up are challenging when using an exoskeleton. Balance must be kept while substantial moments of the knee and hip joints must be generated and controlled.

In this task, pilots are challenged to take a seat on a bench and get up again. Restricted space conditions, such as those found in a theatre or public transportation, make the task even more difficult.



Often in daily life, it is necessary to navigate around static or moving obstacles to reach a desired destination. When walking in dynamic crowds, in particular, constant control of direction and speed is required to avoid collisions.

In this task, pilots must pass between individual pieces of furniture. In addition, collisions with several robots that are roaming the task space must be avoided.



Walking on surfaces that require irregular step lengths and heights is challenging since the position of the foot must be continuously controlled.

In this task, pilots must negotiate a quasi-random sequence of wooden boxes that vary in height and length.

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