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Podcast: Founder Joachim Schoss and Robert Riener in conversation about the CYBATHLON

Thursday, November 19. 2020

In cybathlon, pilots complete everyday tasks with the help of state-of-the-art assistance systems.

In the ETH podcast, our founder Joachim Schoss talks about the few seconds in which life is separated into a before and an after. In conversation with ETH robotics professor Robert Riener, they talk about the Cybathlon 2020 and how the idea of a competition for people with physical disabilities came up.

The CYBATHLON 2020 has ended successfully. In total, 51 teams from 20 countries competed against each other, completing everyday tasks with the help of state-?of-the-art assistance systems. Due to the Covid-?19 pandemic, the teams competed for the first time in different time zones and locations. Apart from the winning teams, the technological advances attracted the most attention, as the also promote social inclusion.

Joachim Schoss talks in the podcast about the horrible motorcycle accident that separated his life into a before and an after. He lost his arm and shoulder as well as part of his leg. Joachim is our founder and president, and he is also an ambassador of the Cybathlon. ETH-?Robotics Professor Robert Riener joins the Cybathlon-?Episode of the ETH-?Podcast and talks about how he came up with the idea of a competition for people with physical disabilities and how the competition fuels scientific progress.

Listen to the interesting talk.