Keith Vertanen

Hello and welcome! I'm an Associate 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:

  • Sep 2019 – I received new NSF funding for the project "Improving Mobile Device Input for Users Who are Blind or Low Vision". This project is a collboration with Shiri Azenkot at Cornell Tech. You can read more here.
  • Aug 2019 – We received new NSF funding for our project "Rich Surface Interaction for Augmented Environments". This project explores how to use flat everyday surfaces for input in augmented and virtual reality. You can read more here.
  • Jun 2019 – My PhD student Jiban will present his paper on using speech to improve Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) at SLPAT'19.
  • May 2019 – I was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.
  • Feb 2019 –  Are you an undergraduate student considering graduate school in computer science? I will be leading a research workshop on Natural Language Processing for Assistive Technologies at the Exploring Computer Science Research Workshop at Michigan Tech Apr 5-7. Apply by Mar 8th. Women, minorities, and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Dec 2018 –  I'm co-organizing the Eighth Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT) co-located with NAACL-HLT 2019 in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Please consider submitting, the deadline is March 6th.
  • Dec 2018 –  Our paper investigating the input of challenging text on a smartwatch was accepted at CHI 2019. Special thanks to my undergraduate co-authors Dylan, Crystal, Alex and Robbie for all their hard work, and congrats to Alex and Robbie on their first paper!
  • Jul 2018 –  Congrats to my undergraduate student Dylan for having his ASSETS student research competition paper on eyes-free text input accepted at ASSETS 2018! His paper won third place in the undergraduate category.
  • 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.
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