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Professor Kong Kyungchul held a ceremony for the opening ceremony of Cybathlon 2020

관리자 2019.07.22


<Cybathlon 2020 entrance ceremony group photo>

<Cybathlon athlete Kim Byeongwook is showing a demonstration wearing a walk-on robot, a walk-assist robot developed for the complete lower limb disabled person.>

Professor Kong Kyungchul team held an opening ceremony on the 24th to challenge the so-called Cyborg Olympics ‘Cybathlon 2020 International Convention'. Cybathlon is held every four years as an international convention in which physically handicapped people with disabilities wear and use robotic-like bionic helmets. Professor Kong Kyungchul team ranked third in the Wearable Exoskeleton Robot (Wearable Robot) category at the first competition held in 2016. They will compete in the second competition held in Switzerland next May and challenge the world's No. 1.
The 'Walk on Suit' developed by the professor team is designed to mimic the human leg muscles structure as a walking assistant robot developed for the disabled with lower limbs. In the past competition, five of the six courses, including a robot-wearing athlete sitting and standing, walking in a zig-zag, climbing a ramp to open and close a closed door, walking on a stepping stair, walking on a side ramp, I passed by the record.

The second competition has raised the difficulty level of the course to reflect the level of technology that has developed in the past. To do this, Professor Kong built a large consortium to develop the exoskeleton robot for paralysis disabled people and prepared for the contest. Angel Robotics Co., Ltd., which was co-founded by professor Kong Kyungchul and Professor Na Dongwook (Severance rehabilitation hospital), develops technologies to be applied to robot technology and contact with human body. The clinical training for applying the completed robot to the athlete was performed by Severance Rehabilitation Hospital. Yeongnam University, National Transportation Rehabilitation Hospital, Sunmoon University, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology Testing and Estox.

The new 'Work on Suite 4.0', which is aimed at next year's competition, is completely personalized and can be used freely. The contest will be used to carry out the mission of keeping the water cup in place without tools, and it is expected to play an important role in solving some of the inconvenience of disabled people who need to keep crutches at all times by improving the usability of robots. Professor Kong, general manager of the consortium, said, "It is already one of the best technologies in the world. By collecting them well, the best robot in the world will be born." Kim Byeongwook, a 45-year-old player who competed in the last tournament on the day, showed a demonstration wearing a 'Walk on Suit'. Mr. Kim has been living in a wheelchair for almost 20 years, suffering from paralysis in his lower body due to a hit-and-run accident in 1998. In the end of 2015, after joining the research team of Professor Emeritus of the Rehabilitation Medical Team at Yonsei University Severance Hospital, he trained for about 5 months and walked with two legs to win the 3rd prize at the international competition.
Kim said, "I felt like I was born again the first time I stood on my legs wearing robots. When I was in bed that night, I secretly tears my wife. "
In the last 2016 competition, Kim was the only player in the team of public professors, but a total of 7 athletes from the Severance Rehabilitation Hospital, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Institute, and National Transportation Rehabilitation Hospital will prepare for the coming 2020 event. We are going to select one player and one substitute to participate in the competition in November this year after paying the walk-on suit 4.0, which is custom-made to all the players, for walking training.
Kim said, "It is good to be able to share the benefits of this robot with a lot of people, although the internal competition has created a lot of burdens. If the voices of various users are gathered, the robots will be even better. "
Robots to prepare for next year's competition are produced with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Research on Robotics The interest of government institutions, hospitals, and the general public as well as developers has been growing.
Jung, who participated in the ceremony, said, "The development of robot technology for people with disabilities is a field that the government should actively support, and it plans to support not only the participation in the Cybathlon competition but also the commercialization of robots." .
"Robot technology for people is the best expression of challenge, creativity, and consideration, which is the core value that KAIST pursues, and KAIST will not spare any investment in technology development for the weak," said Shin Sung-chul, president of KAIST. To lead responsible innovation.
A total of seven athletes, Jung Woojin(52), including Kim Byoung-wook, Cho Youngseok(52), Lee Jongryul(48), Kim Sanghun(36) Family, and about 40 research teams participated and made a resolution with the start of a long journey to continue until May next year.
In addition, KAIST President Shin Seongcheol, Lee Sangmin, Democratic Party lawmaker, Jung Yangho, Korea Industrial Technology Evaluation and Management Director, and Kim Dukyong, Severance rehabilitation hospital director have also supported and encouraged the newly formed leadership team. Cybathlon is a competition for robotics that is developed to overcome obstacles in a single place. It is more than a competitive competition in that it offers values ​​and goals to challenge researchers beyond simple competition. It is recognized. Professor Hong Kyung-hee said, "Since the missions presented at the competition consist of the most necessary activities for people with disabilities in their everyday lives, they will be able to develop technological skills for disabled users, "We will show our technology to people all over the world as they are, without being tied up in the rankings."

◎ Introduction of Cybathlon
1. The etymology of Cyberspace
· A compound word of cyborg, which means an artificial person, and athlon, which means a game.
2. Definition of Cybathlon
· Games in which disabled persons with disabilities partly wear and wear bionic assistive devices such as robots. The robot technology developed to overcome the obstacles is gathered in one place and it is meaningful to compete for good.
3. History
· Hosted the first competition in October 2016 (Switzerland)
· The 2nd May 2020 competition is scheduled to be held (Switzerland)
4. Venue
· Swiss Arena Stadium (Kloten)
5. Events
1) Brain-machine interface
: A game in which the handicapped person controls the avatars in the computer
2) Electric Stimulation Bicycle
: A bicycle race that gives an electric impulse to the legs of a person who is paralyzed
3) Number of robots (bionic arm)
: A game in which a severely handicapped person exercises the right hand and performs daily life movements
4) Robot arm (Bionil leg)
: A game in which a disabled person wears a prosthetic and passes a challenging obstacle
5) Wearable Exoskeleton Robot (Wearable Robot)
: A game in which a person with complete paralysis wears a robot and passes a challenging obstacle
6) Electric Wheelchair
: A game in which a person with a complete paralysis passes through obstacles such as stairs in a wheelchair
6. Wearable Exoskeleton Robot (Wearable Robot) Competition Method
· Preliminaries: 16 teams that passed the written examination will carry out 6 courses (scheduled for 2020. 02.)
· Finals: Four teams that pass the preliminary round will perform 6 courses (scheduled for 2020. 03.)
7. Wearable Exoskeleton Robot (Wearable Robot) Evaluation Method
· Combined mission scores for all 6 courses
· Ranking by score acquired within 10 minutes
· When the total points are the same, the team with shorter mission execution time gets the advantage
8. Participation in national competitions
· 2016 : 66 pilots participated in 56 teams from 25 countries including USA, Germany, Switzerland and Japan
· 2020 : Participated in 66 teams from 25 countries including USA, Germany, Switzerland and Japan
9. Participation in the 2016 Korea Team
· Professor Bong Kyung Ih
· Wearable Exoskeleton Robot No. 3
· Department of Brain Engineering, Korea University Professor Sung Hwan Lee
· Brain-machine interface events
· Professor Kim, Jong-Bae, Department of Occupational Therapy, Yonsei University
· Wheelchair events