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:

  • Jan 2021 – Congrats to my PhD student Dylan for his first first-author paper at CHI. His paper looks at improving composition tasks for text entry studies.
  • Dec 2020 – Congrats to my PhD student Jiban for his paper on speech input in virtual reality. His paper will appear in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.
  • 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.
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