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Cybathlon - powered bike race  
(Image credit: ETH Zurich / Alessandro Della Bella)

Each year, an estimated 34 million people worldwide need assistive and prosthetic devices to master their lives. Current technology is not ideal: wheelchairs cannot climb stairs, exoskeletons are bulky, and prostheses lack acceptance. Researchers from the engineering and medical sciences are on a quest for smarter devices ultimately piloted by the patients' minds. This symposium showcases the latest technical developments and introduces the Cybathlon, an Olympic-style competition, offering a new approach to advancing assistive devices by awarding teams of disabled “pilots” and scientists mastering tracks designed along daily life challenges.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
7:00 pm

swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111


Cybathlon 2016 Official Trailer


7:00 pm Doors open
7:30 pm Talks and Q & A
  Henry Evans "A Surprising Lesson I Have Learned From Building Assistive Devices"  
  Robert Riener "The Cybathlon"
  Homayoon Kazerooni "tbd"
  Jacob Rosen "Stroke – Motor Control Recovery Via Upper Limb Exoskeleton"
9:00 pm Networking Reception and Demonstrations


Robert Riener, Professor for Sensory-Motor Systems, ETH Zurich, Initiator of the Cybathlon

Homayoon Kazerooni, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory

Jacob Rosen, Professor, Bionics Lab, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Henry Evans, Robotics Activist

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