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  1. Among commercially-available upper-limb prostheses, the two most often used solutions are simple hook-style grippers and poly-articulated hands, which present a higher number of articulations and show a closer...

    Authors: Patricia Capsi-Morales, Cristina Piazza, Giorgio Grioli, Antonio Bicchi and Manuel G. Catalano
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2023 20:20
  2. The Touch Hand 4.5 is a highly customisable prosthetic hand, which features an optimised modular design of the Touch Hand 4. The Touch Hand team has developed a low-cost prosthetic hand, which has been built u...

    Authors: Kashreya Moodley, Jode Fourie, Zaahid Imran, Clive Hands, William Rall and Riaan Stopforth
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:130
  3. The past few decades have seen rapid advancements in exoskeleton technology, with a considerable shift towards applications involving users with gait pathologies. Commercial devices from ReWalk, Ekso Bionics, ...

    Authors: Brandon Peterson, Mark Daniel, Vishnu Subra Mani, Brooke Arnold, Travis Craig, Jeremy Gines, Carlos Gonzalez, William Howell, Brandon Shrewsbury, Matthew Bellman, Peter Neuhaus and Robert Griffin
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:103
  4. The brain–computer interface (BCI) race at the Cybathlon championship, for people with disabilities, challenges teams (BCI researchers, developers and pilots with spinal cord injury) to control an avatar on a ...

    Authors: Attila Korik, Karl McCreadie, Niall McShane, Naomi Du Bois, Massoud Khodadadzadeh, Jacqui Stow, Jacinta McElligott, Áine Carroll and Damien Coyle
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:95
  5. Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are systems capable of translating human brain patterns, measured through electroencephalography (EEG), into commands for an external device. Despite the great advances in mach...

    Authors: Stefano Tortora, Gloria Beraldo, Francesco Bettella, Emanuela Formaggio, Maria Rubega, Alessandra Del Felice, Stefano Masiero, Ruggero Carli, Nicola Petrone, Emanuele Menegatti and Luca Tonin
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:69
  6. Cybathlon championship aims at promoting the development of prosthetic and assistive devices capable to meet users’ needs. This paper describes and analyses possible exploitation outcomes of our team’s (REHAB ...

    Authors: Giulia Caserta, Nicolò Boccardo, Marco Freddolini, Giacinto Barresi, Andrea Marinelli, Michele Canepa, Samuel Stedman, Lorenzo Lombardi, Matteo Laffranchi, Emanuele Gruppioni and Lorenzo De Michieli
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:68
  7. Spinal cord injury leading to paraplegia affects the mobility and physiological well-being of one in a thousand people. Powered exoskeletons can temporarily restore the ability to walk. Their relevance in dail...

    Authors: Tristan Vouga, Jemina Fasola, Romain Baud, Ali Reza Manzoori, Julien Pache and Mohamed Bouri
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:63
  8. Assistive technologies, such as arm prostheses, are intended to improve the quality of life of individuals with physical disabilities. However, certain training and learning is usually required from the user t...

    Authors: Eric J. Earley, Jan Zbinden, Maria Munoz-Novoa, Enzo Mastinu, Andrew Smiles and Max Ortiz-Catalan
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:47
  9. In this work, we share the enhancements made in our system to take part in the CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike Race. Among the main improvements, firstly an overhaul,...

    Authors: Roberto S. Baptista, Marina C. C. Moreira, Lucas D. M. Pinheiro, Tiago R. Pereira, Gabriel G. Carmona, Joao P. D. Freire, Julia A. I. Bastos and Antonio Padilha Lanari Bo
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:45
  10. Existing assistive technologies attempt to mimic biological functions through advanced mechatronic designs. In some occasions, the information processing demands for such systems require substantial informatio...

    Authors: Nicolas Seppich, Nicholas Tacca, Kuo-Yi Chao, Milan Akim, Diego Hidalgo-Carvajal, Edmundo Pozo Fortunić, Alexander Tödtheide, Johannes Kühn and Sami Haddadin
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:41
  11. FES-Cycling is an exciting recreational activity, which allows certain individuals after spinal cord injury or stroke to exercise their paralyzed muscles. The key for a successful application is to activate th...

    Authors: Martin Schmoll, Ronan Le Guillou, Charles Fattal and Christine Azevedo Coste
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:39
  12. Advanced assistive technologies (AAT) aim to exploit the vast potential of technological developments made in the past decades to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. Combining complex robo...

    Authors: Jan T. Meyer, Selina Weber, Lukas Jäger, Roland Sigrist, Roger Gassert and Olivier Lambercy
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:38

User-centred development of assistive technology - challenges and opportunities in the context of CYBATHLON 2020

Edited by: Olivier Lambercy, Domen Novak, and Robert Riener

An article collection in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.

New Content Item © ETH Zurich/Alessandro Della BellaThe CYBATHLON offers a unique platform to advance research and development in the field of assistive technology, to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, and to stimulate the dialogue with the public. To drive technical innovation, the CYBATHLON organizes competitions in six disciplines for teams consisting of a pilot, i.e. a person with a disability, and technology developers. In this context, engineers, scientists and clinicians are expected to work continuously in close dialogue with people with disabilities when developing and testing their devices.

Following a successful first edition in 2016, the 2nd edition of the CYBATHLON was held in 2020, in a decentralized setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with 50 teams participating from their home institution (20 different countries from 32 different locations). During the four years separating the two editions of the CYBATHLON, the worldwide uplift of the emerging field of assistive technologies has led to an impressive number of specifically refined and newly developed technologies and devices, both on a hardware and a software level.

This Article Collection on CYBATHLON 2020 aims to foster scientific exchange and to make the insights gained by the participating teams available to the wider community of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology professionals. Our objective is to promote the unique and intense collaboration between the technology developers and the end-users within the teams in the preparation and participation to the event.

Within this general topic, contributions must be application oriented and may cover hardware and software related technical aspects, user evaluation of a technology, or discuss practical approaches when preparing and training for the competition. Lessons learned from participation to the CYBATHLON and how these insights reflect in the further technical development or technology transfer of assistive technology could also be considered.