For a championship driving research on assistive technologies for everyday use

Using an exoskeleton to stand up and walk, or a prosthetic arm to hang up washing – assistive technologies have the potential to make life easier for people with physical disabilities. But these systems frequently still lack functions suitable for everyday use. This was what prompted Robert Riener, Professor of Sensory-Motor Systems at ETH Zurich, to launch the CYBATHLON – a championship where people with disabilities compete against each other using state-of-the-art assistive devices to tackle everyday tasks. The overwhelming response to the CYBATHLON held in Zurich in 2016 inspired the more comprehensive ETH Rehab Initiative, with the aim to enable people with disabilities to participate fully in society and improve their quality of life.



Our goal

The CYBATHLON is designed to stimulate further research on assistive technologies and a closer dialogue between users, researchers and the general public on topics such as rehabilitation and accessibility. Also for system developers, the CYBATHLON provides opportunities for active engagement with people with physical disabilities.


Review of the CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition.



Your support enables

  • research on user-centric assistive technologies for people with physical disabilities
  • an increased public awareness of the needs of the people concerned


The CYBATHLON is already supported by: maxon, EKZ, Schulthess Klinik, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, BNP Paribas, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stadt Kloten, Stiftung Cerebral, MBF Foundation, Pro Infirmis, PluSport, Hocoma, NAK Humanitas, Tagesanzeiger. We are seeking further funding partners.



Your contact


Michael Domeisen

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