Nelson Sepulveda, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a new NSF grant to develop a flexible patch for monitoring head injuries in sports. Congratulations!
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease, which can only be diagnosed after death. Therefore, early detection is impossible, and prevention relies on monitoring individual impacts. While there has been significant efforts in the development of helmets with capabilities of measuring head injuries in athletes, current technologies come with limitations and inaccuracies that are inherent to the approaches and transduction mechanisms used. The present work is aimed at developing a reliable, robust, flexible patch that can overcome these limitations in monitoring head injuries in high-contact sports. Research tasks have been designed to generate knowledge that will be of significance to researchers and developers in the field of large-scale integration of wearable and portable systems. An additional impact of this work will be on assisting the maturing process of nanogenerator technologies in flexible/wearable electronics by broadening their potential integration into complete IoT systems and creating new application opportunities for harsh environments