Jessica Sieff | October 16, 2017
Students and faculty will put their creativity and ingenuity on display as they showcase ongoing projects in civic engagement, health, design and technology during the ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival.
The festival, taking place Friday-Sunday (Oct. 13-15) at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., is a three-day event celebrating creative exploration and research in science, engineering, arts and design. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame will join the 15 universities of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with interactive displays highlighting their work.
Notre Dame’s featured projects include:
- The Notre Dame Artisan Project – For the past decade, art and design students under faculty guidance have worked with the Association for Craft Producers, Nepal’s largest fair-trade craft organization, to design and prototype new products. Their work has resulted in more than 1,500 new products, upward of 90 percent sample rates by global buyers, expansion of buyer networks beyond traditional fair trade channels, and most importantly, a significant increase in sales and more employment for artisan groups.
- Speech-Based Concussion Assessment – Researchers developed an iPad-based “reading test” that captures the speech responses of youth athletes to assess the likelihood of a concussion. Each recording undergoes a series of speech feature extraction steps, and machine learning techniques are used to evaluate changes of these acoustic features compared to the baseline recording. The tool has so far been used on more than 2,500 college and high school athletes (including over 100 concussed individuals) leading to more than 10,000 recordings, which are currently being studied to identify the optimal feature combination to maximize concussion detection probability.
- PACK: Rapid Shelter System – PACK reimagines the challenge of delivering shelters to remote locations. Traditional approaches focus on delivering all-in-one shelters, but various factors limit the success of these initiatives. PACK differs by proposing to aid an often unskilled civilian population to quickly and easily build structurally sound shelters using bamboo, a locally available material in many earthquake-prone regions.