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Connected Ability Platform

​Clinical PI Dr LOH Yong Joo​​

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist 

Deputy Director (Clinical)
Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore

Technical PI

Dr YAU Wei Yun​​

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist 

Deputy Director (Technical)
Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore​


Each and every one of us has our own abilities and limitations. This changes at different stages our life as well as with our health. For example, as we grow older, our physical strength will weaken. With the advancement of technology, how can technology augment us in our daily life? The Connected Ability Platform aims to realize such a vision. We consider the aspect of facilitating a person “back to work (B2W)” and to support a person to “stay at work (S@W)”, with the target group of people of older age and patients who have just recovered from major illness.

The core aspect of the Connected Ability Platform is to leverage the cloud and edge computing technology supported by high bandwidth and low latency connectivity enabled by 5G technology as our core platform backbone. With the adaptation of smart wearable devices and IOT smart sensors, we aim to better estimate and analyse a person’s condition and movement for continuous monitoring, which is crucial to alert the person to prevent injury or aggravating his recovery. In addition, information can be obtained easily and through the use of virtual or augmented reality technology, we aim to enable a person to learn a new skill faster and easier even while on the job, allowing a person to be assigned a new task that matches his or her current health condition.

We will also leverage on the intelligent assistive devices developed in the Intelligent Assistive Devices program to augment the person’s physical ability. These devices also serve to protect the person from injury. With proper work flow planning, it will also facilitate human-robot co-working that will improve productivity. Again continuous monitoring will provide relevant reminders to ensure the person stays healthy. With the platform’s pervasive 5G connectivity and augmented reality, worker augment to learn a new skill on the job will also be easier and faster, enabling a person to be assigned to a new task easily.

Technology Assisted  Upper Extremities Movement Measurement System for     
​Research Programmes Connected Rehabilitation Platform​ / RRG2-16001​
​Clinical PI: Mr KUAH Wee Keong, Christopher​
Principal Occupational Therapist, Centre for Advanced Rehabilitation Therapeutics, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
​Technical PI:​ Prof ANG Wei Tech
Executive Director, Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore
A/Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
LKC School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
Device-Free Passive Tracking and Fall Detection for Home Based Rehabilitation​ ​​​
​Research Programmes Connected Rehabilitation Platform​ / RRG2-16002
​Clinical PI: ​Dr KONG Keng He
Senior Consultant, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
​Technical PI:​ A/Prof CHEAH Chien Chern​​
Associate Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
​​​Virtual Integrated Therapy for Activing Living (VITAL) Health Box: A Monitoring and Motivating Companion to Reduce Frailty and Maintain Health for Older Adults
​Research Programmes Connected Ability Platform / RRG2-16006​
​Clinical PI Dr LOH Yong Joo
Consultant, Depaertment of Rehabilitaion Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
​Technical PI ​Prof THENG Yin Leng​
Professor ​and Director, Centre for Health and Sustainable Cities, Wee Kim Wee Sch of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University

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