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Notre Dame researchers testing tablet-based head injury tool

App wins top prize in McCloskey business plan competition.

by Margaret Fosmoe
Publication: South Bend Tribune

April 21, 2013


University of Notre Dame researchers are testing a tablet-based computer program they've developed to help determine whether athletes, soldiers and others have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

It's called Contect -- short for Concussion Detection Test.

The program captures the voice of an individual and analyzes it within seconds for signs of potential concussion. The tool is designed to supplement, not replace, medical diagnosis of concussion or other brain injury.

The application was developed by Christian Poellabauer and Patrick Flynn, both professors of computer science and engineering, doctoral degree student Nikhil Yadav, and some other students and faculty.

On Friday, the Contect team won the grand prize for a for-profit business idea during the finals of Notre Dame's annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition. A total of 148 teams entered the competition last fall, and six finalist teams made presentations Friday to a panel of judges.

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