Keynote Speakers

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The following keynote speakers, all leading experts in one or several of the six disciplines of the Cybathlon 2016, will present their latest work at the Cybathlon Symposium. Their talks will be complemented by short talks and posters from junior researchers.

Title (preliminary)

Rory A. Cooper, PhD

University of Pittsburgh, USA

Advancing Wheeled Mobility and Function for People with Disabilities

Michael Goldfarb, PhD

Vanderbilt University, USA

Powered Exoskeletons and Their Emerging Promise for Providing Assistance and Therapy to Individuals with Neuromuscular Impairment 

Hugh Herr, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

On the Design of Bionic Leg Devices:
The Science of Extreme Interface

José del R. Millán, PhD

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Translating Brain-Computer Interfaces to End-Users

Jon Sensinger, PhD

University of New Brunswick, Canada

Paradigm Changes in Upper Limb Prostheses: From New Shifts in Technology to New Definitions of Success

Ronald J. Triolo, PhD

Case Western Reserve University, USA

Implanted Neuroprostheses: Technical and Clinical Challenges to Enhancing Standing, Walking and Seated Posture, Balance and Mobility after Paralysis

Short Talks

The following short talks were selected among the best abstracts submitted to the Cybathlon Symposium. They will highlight cutting-edge results from young international researchers, covering the six disciplines of the Cybathlon, as well as overarching themes.

Short talk Speaker Title (preliminary)

Louis Flynn

Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium

VUB-CYBERLEGs Transfemoral Prosthesis



Sasha Blue Godfrey

Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy

The SoftHand Pro-H: A Shoulder-Driven, Motor-Actuated Prosthetic Solution

Amber Emmens

University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

A Comparison between Control Strategies for Balancing with a Powered Ankle-Foot Orthosis

Arun Jayaraman

Rehabilitation institute of Chicago and Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

Making a Case for Wearable Robotics in the Field of Rehabilitation 

Juliana Guimarães

University of Brasilia, Brazil

Clinical Features and Responsiveness to Electrical Stimulation: An Exploratory Study to Find Candidates to FES Bike Race

Karina Statthaler

Graz University of Technology, Austria

Optimized Individual Mental Tasks to Control BCIs

Marcello Ienca

University of Basel, Switzerland

Open, Cheap, Non-Obtrusive and User-Oriented: Incorporating Ethics in Pervasive Assistive Technology

Shuro Nakajima

Wakayama University, Japan

Powered Wheelchair for Cybathlon, RT-Mover Personal Mobility Type WA


Podium Discussion

We invite all participants to round off the symposium with a podium discussion on the topics of opportunities and challenges in the field of assistive technology, user acceptance, industry transfer, and financing.

Six distinguished participants from various backgrounds related to assistive technology will discuss the matters at hand:

  • Pascale Bruderer, lic. phil.
  • Gery Colombo, Ph.D.
  • Rory A. Cooper, Ph.D.
  • Kelly James, P.Eng.
  • Robert Riener, Ph.D.
  • Alan Winfield, Ph.D. 

Janine Geigele will moderate the discussion. She will also moderate the Cybathlon.

The symposium booklet (including detailed programme) is available for download here (PDF, 4.5 MB).

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