Keith Vertanen


Hello and welcome! I'm an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Michigan Tech.

I specialize in designing intelligent interactive systems that leverage uncertain input technologies. A particular focus of my research is on systems that enhance the capabilities of users with permanent or situationally-induced disabilities. My broader interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), speech and language processing, mobile interfaces, and crowdsourcing.

What's new:

  • Jul 2016 –  Congrats to my undergraduate student Dylan for having his ASSETS SRC paper on eyes-free text input accepted at ASSETS 2018!
  • May 2018 –  I will be teaching at the ACM SIGCHI Summer School on Computational Interaction at the University of Cambridge, UK. For full consideration, apply by June 1st.
  • Apr 2018 – I received a Michigan Tech Research Excellence Fund (REF) seed grant for my project "Automatic Speech Recognition using Deep Neural Networks". The grant will be used to develop a state-of-the-art speech recognizer for use in a variety of research projects. I am looking for Michigan Tech graduate and undergraduate students to work on this project starting in July.
  • Apr 2018 – I am excited to announce I have been awarded a 2018 NSF CAREER award for my project "Technology Assisted Conversations". The project will develop technology to improve the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices used by people with disorders that impede normal conversation. Read more about it here.
  • Mar 2018 –  We were awarded a Paul William Seed Grant from Michigan Tech's Institute of Computing and Cybersystems. The project entitled, "Sensing and Feedback for On-Body Input," will investigate how to appropriate everyday surfaces, including one's own body, as an input device for interactive systems. We are hiring Michigan Tech graduate and undergraduate students to work on this during Summer and Fall 2018.
  • Feb 2018 –  I will be teaching at the ACM SIGCHI Summer School on Research Methods and Approaches to Text Entry and Other Interaction Techniques at IIT Bombay in Mumbai, India. Applications are being accepted until April 10th.
  • Jan 2018 –  Our work investigating the impact of input size on virtual keyboard decoding was accepted at CHI 2018. Congrats to my undergraduate co-authors Crystal, Dylan, and Jacob on their first paper!
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