Excellent results for Sweden in 'Cyborg Olympics'

​The Swedish teams used their mind-controlled arm prostheses to secure a bronze medal, as well as a seventh place, in the international competition Cybathlon 2020. In total, 51 teams from 20 countries competed against each other. Chalmers University of Technology was one of the arenas.
“Our participants showed great fighting spirit and did well in the competition. Given the fact that they, unlike their competitors, use arm prostheses that also include the elbow, we are very pleased with the results”, says team leader Max Ortiz Catalan, the Chalmers researcher who has been in charge of developing the world's first mind-controlled and sensate prosthesis.

Cybathlon has been called a ‘Cyborg Olympics’. The competition is aimed at participants who have physical disabilities and use various types of advanced aids with built-in robot technology. The races consist of elements from everyday life, that can be difficult to perform for those who wear a prosthesis or use a wheelchair. The goal of Cybathlon is to showcase what is currently possible to perform, and to drive forward the development of prostheses and other types of assistive aids.


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Cybathlon 2020 at Chalmers






The organisers at Chalmers would like to thank everyone who in various ways helped to carry out the Cybathon competition.​ A special thanks go to their collaborators and sponsors Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Integrum AB, Promobilia Foundation, IngaBritt and Arne Lundbergs Foundation, Akademiska Hus and A Working Lab.

Photos: Shahrzad Damercheli and Eric Earley

For more information, please contact:
Max Ortiz Catalan​, Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden,
​+46 70 846 10 65, maxo@chalmers.se

Published: Thu 19 Nov 2020.