Technology and Social Inclusion – the Cybathlon Approach

Time/Date: Monday, April 17, 2017 (doors open 18:45)
Time/Date: 19:00-20:10 presentations
Time/Date: 20:10-21:30 demonstration

Venue: Nicolas G. Hayek Center 14F Cité du Temps
Venue: 7-9-18 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo
Venue: (see below for map)

Flyer (in Japanese): Cybathlon and Social Inclusion

Program (in Japanese): Program April 17

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Join us for an exciting evening where…

  • a plans towards Cybathlon 2020 will be discussed for the first time in Japan!
  • a a Swiss paraplegic athlete will walk with her exoskeleton live!
  • a Japanese contestants in the first Cybathlon will present recent activities!
  • a the International Committee of the Red Cross will present humanitarian efforts!

Cybathlon is the world’s first competition in which athletes with disabilities using advanced technology, e.g. powered prosthesis arms, compete on how smoothly they can accomplish everyday tasks. The contest is not only about speed but how safely and stably the tasks are completed by these athletes, or so called “pilots”. Because the goal is to have these devices be used in real life, they need to meet strict safety standards to qualify for the competition.

The fist Cybathlon, held in Zurich last October, had in the end 66 teams participating from around the world. A crowd of about 5,000, including the “Pilots” with disabilities controlling the devices and researchers who developed the technology, were united in cheering enthusiastically, making the event a great success.

The next main competition will be held in 2020. In addition to the original six disciplines including powered prosthesis legs, powered wheel chair, functional electrical stimulation (FES) bikes and brain-computer interface (BCI), there are plans to further expand into areas catering to those with sensory disabilities such as blindness and deafness. Prior to Cybathlon 2020, individual races will be organized around the world to create a “Cybathlon Series.”

Please join us for this rare opportunity to meet the organizers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zurich) as well as the TWIICE exoskeleton team and Pilot from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) who came in 4th place at the first Cybathlon.

We will also welcome a special guest from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) so that we can share our awareness and support social inclusion on a more global scale. We look forward to your participation.


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zurich)
Cybathlon Co-Directors Roland Sigrist, Dario Wyss

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL)
Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO)  Tristan Vouga, Marek Jancik
TWIICE Pilot (paraplegic athlete) Silke Pan

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Head of Assistance Division Pascal Hundt

Wakayama University
Professor Shuro Nakajima

Meltin MMI
CEO Mark Kasuya