The CYBATHLON Symposium brings together leading experts and young researchers to present and discuss current technological advances in assistance systems in the disciplines of CYBATHLON.

CYBATHLON Symposium 2020

The Symposium was a great success: It highlighted the newest technical developments in the disciplines of the CYBATHLON and illustrated the benefits and challenges of user-centered design and evaluation of assistive technology. The positive impact of the CYBATHLON 2016 in promoting the involvement of users was clearly visible. The CYBATHLON Symposium 2020 was supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


You can watch the live stream of the CYBATHLON Symposium 2020 here.


Click on the items in the programme to watch the corresponding part of the live stream.

Day 1

Day 2

Keynote Speakers

Podium Discussion

"Promoting the provision and acceptance of assistive technologies"

Watch the podium discussion on YouTube.

  • Armin Curt, Professor of Paraplegiology at the University of Zurich and Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Balgrist University Hospital
  • Amit Goffer, President and CTO of UPnRIDE Robotics; founder of ReWalk Robotics
  • Chapal Khasnabis, Access to Assistive Technology and Medical Devices Unit, World Health Organisation 
  • Robert Riener, Professor of Sensory-Motor Systems at ETH Zurich and Balgrist University Hospital; inventor and initiator of the CYBATHLON
  • Franziska Ryser, member of the Swiss National Council; doctoral student at ETH Zurich
  • Effy Vayena, Professor of Bioethics at ETH Zurich

Moderated by Miriam Daepp, Communications & PR Manager of the ETH Competence Center in Rehabilitation Engineering and Science (RESC).

Poster Session

The CYBATHLON Symposium 2020 included a poster session in all six CYBATHLON disciplines. The posters from the twitter session can be found here.

CYBATHLON Symposium 2016

The scientific symposium featured six keynotes by leading researchers, eight short presentations by young talents as well as 49 posters/demos. A roundtable discussion involving end-users, patients and industry representatives and an ethics researcher highlighted opportunities and challenges in the field of assistive technology, its industrial transfer and user acceptance.

Keynote Speakers

  • Powered Arm Prosthesis Race: Jon Sensinger, PhD, U New Brunswick
  • Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Race: José del R. Millán, PhD, EPFL
  • Powered Exoskeleton Race: Michael Goldfarb, PhD, Vanderbilt U
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike Race: Ronald J. Triolo, PhD, Case Western U
  • Powered Leg Prosthesis Race: Hugh Herr, PhD, MIT
  • Powered Wheelchair Race: Rory A. Cooper, PhD, U Pittsburgh


Organising Committee

  • Prof. Roger Gassert, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Olivier Lambercy, Co-Chair
  • Ann Van der Aa, Event Operations
  • Maya Kamber, Symposium Secretariat
  • Stefan Schneller, Graphical Design and Layout
  • Eddy Sloof, Technical Support
  • Bruno Staiano, Website
  • Luka Wartmann, Technical Support


ETH Zurich
Rehabilitation Engineering Lab
CYBATHLON Symposium Office
BAA Lengghalde 5
8008 Zurich

Phone: +41 44 510 72 34


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