(ZURICH)

Physically impaired people using the latest assistive technologies will compete against each other at the 2020 Cybathlon.

The first Cybathlon was the brainchild of ETH Zurich and NCCR Robotics professor Robert Riener and was held at the SWISS Arena in Kloten last year. The contest, in which people with disabilities compete against one another with the help of technological devices, is considered an important driver of innovative assistive technologies for everyday use.

ETH President Lino Guzzella said: “The second Cybathlon will take place in the Zurich region in 2020, and will again be organised by ETH Zurich.”

The Cybathlon is an example of ETH’s proximity to the field of medtech. Lino Guzzella explained: “Medicine is a top priority for ETH Zurich. Doctors increasingly require tools from the fields of natural science and data science – and the transfer and application of such knowledge is our core area of expertise.”