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Ability Data

Clinical PI Dr Phyllis LIANG​
Research​ Fellow​​
Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore
Technical PI Dr Colin QUEK Kwang Joo​
Deputy Director (Informatics)
Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore

​​​Research Team
CHAN Pui Yee , Research Associate Milton CHOO , Research Associate
Dr Patrick KWONG WH , Research Fellow Josephine LAM Pei Wen​ , Research Assistant
LAU Chien Ho , Project Officer Alex LIM Lek Syn , Research Assistant
​LEI Ying Ying , Project Officer ​​Mohamed Ahshik s/o MOHAMED , Project Officer
Grace SEOW​ , Project Officer Dr Ananda SIDARTA , Research Fellow
TAN Wee Kiat , Research Associate
The Ability Data Project aims to establish an Asian-centric normative and patient movement database consisting of kinetic and kinematic data. The normative movement database provides a benchmark of normal movements, and it can be used as a reference against individuals with movement impairments to determine the severity of the impairment, effectiveness of treatment, rehabilitation progress and to develop new rehabilitation technologies and methods. In the patient movement database, patients with neurological and orthopaedic conditions will be tracked longitudinally.  Changes in kinetic and kinematic parameters across time could then be used to estimate the trajectory of the recovery.

The Ability Database will be a cloud-based platform. The cloud architecture will support different real-time applications via user-interfaces to facilitate data-driven clinical decision making.

Illustration of the Ability Database Infrastructure

The Laboratory in RRIS equips with 16 optical motion capture cameras and 2 forceplates 
for kinetic and kinematic assessment

Target: World’s largest database on physical ability of healthy subjects and patients with neuromuscular disorders. 
Example of Upp​​er Limb Tasks​​​ ​ ​​
​​Grasping Block ​Touching Mouth/Feeding
​​ ​Example of Lower Limb Tasks

10 meter Walk Test
Qualifying Tasks Selection

  • Clinical Perspective: tasks shortlisted from > 100 standard rehab assessments
  • Technical Perspective: tasks covering the joint space of most common functional activities of daily living 
Data Driven Rehabilitation

Phase 1: A Normative Database of Movement Kinematics and Kinetics (n=500)


​Mocap & IMU​ ​Force Plates
  • To collected at Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS) Mocap Lab
  • Healthy subjects 21-80 years old
  • Progress (as of Feb 2020): 124 (21-79 yr old)

Phase 2: A Patient Database of Movements with Neuromuscular Pathologies (n=250)

Stroke = 125

To be collected at

  • Acute (< 1m): Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) & National University Hospital (NUH)
  • Sub-acute & Chronic

Knee Osteoarthritis = 125

To be collected at

  • Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS), Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) & Singapore General Hospital (SGH)

International Collaboration


​In building this database, this project aims to investigate the movement trajectory of healthy individuals and individuals following a stroke or other conditions. We are currently exploring potential collaboration with the following partners:

  • University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Taipei Medical University, Taipei
  • Assistive Technology & Medical Devices Research Center (A-MED), Thailand
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • University of Shanghai for Science & Technology, China

If you are interested to collaborate with us, you may contact us at

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