10th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering (NER'21)

A CYBATHLON pilot’s perspective on user-centered design of a stimulation-powered cycling program

Mark Muhn works together with the US FES CYBATHLON team Cleveland since 2012. For FES cycling he uses surgically implanted, intramuscular electrodes. In the CYBATHLON 2016 and 2020, Mark cycled on the first and the third place, respectively. At the past International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering (NER21), he described the importance of user-centered design.

Career Development Mini-Symposium: User Centred Design in Neuro Technology – Lessons from the CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition

CYBATHLON held a mini-symposium for the NER’21 Virtual Conference on the topic:

User Centred Design in Neuro Technology – Lessons from the CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition

When: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 14 – 16 pm (CET)

CYBATHLON promotes research, development, and implementation of assistive technology for people with disabilities (pilots). In a unique competition the pilots put to the test their state-of-the-art assistive technology in tasks inspired by challenges encountered in daily live. This forced ‘out-of-the lab’ application of technology under the pressure raised by a competitive situation and at a predefined time asks for robust, high performing, and user-friendly technology. The aspect of user-centred design is of relevance to yield ergonomic and functional technology for the competition.

In this symposium, CYBATHLON participants present and share their experience from taking part in the competition using neuro technology, report lessons learned, how and how successful user-centred design was applied, and show how their participation will influence their future scientific work. The developers’ and end-users’ perspective shall be represented alike.

The audience of this mini-symposium will gain insight into opportunities and challenges of prepar-ing neuro technology for successful participation at the CYBATHLON across different competition disciplines. Furthermore, conclusions might be drawn for the transfer of neuro technology tailored to the true needs of the end-users for real world applications.


  • Chair: Robert Riener, Full Professor for Sensory-Motor Systems Lab, Initiator CYBATHLON, ETH Zurich

More information on https://neuro.embs.org/2021

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