Keith Vertanen


Hello and welcome! I'm currently the Dave House Associate Professor of Computing 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:

  • July 2022 – We had two papers accepted in the posters track at ASSETS 2022! Congrats to graduate student Sadia Norwin for her paper on how motor-impaired programmers use speech recognition. Congrats to graduate student Ricardo Gonzalez Penuela (Cornell) for his paper on how people with visual-impairments take selfies.
  • May 2022 – Our demo of Nomon was selected as runner-up for best demo at CHI 2022!
  • Apr 2022 – Our paper on Nomon, an interface for single-switch Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) users, will appear at CHI 2022 as a full paper and as a demo paper. Come see us at CHI interactivty on Monday night, or visit https://nomon.app/demo. Our talk is at 9:15 on Tuesday morning, see the CHI program. You can also watch a pre-recorded video. Congrats to graduate student Nicholas Bonaker (MIT) on his first CHI paper!
  • Jul 2021 – I'm giving a 3-hour master class on Language Modeling and Predictive AAC at ISAAC Connect. My session is Monday August 9th starting at 9am Eastern. Hope to (virtually) see you there! [Talk slides]
  • May 2021 – We had our paper on abbreviated sentence input accepted at ACL-IJCNLP 2021.
  • Apr 2021 – Do you use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)? If so, we are looking for volunteers to donate sentences from their AAC history. See our study details.
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