Keith Vertanen


Hello and welcome! I'm an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Michigan Tech. Here you can find information about my research, including publications and software. You can also find out what I do for fun, including photography and travel.

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, 2015 – This fall I will be joining the Department of Computer Science at Michigan Tech.
  • April, 2015 – I took part in Startup Weekend Butte. Startup weekends are events where ad hoc teams form and work to create a startup in 54 hours. My team Item Bounty won first place!
  • March, 2015 – I'm pleased to report our VelociTap paper has received a best paper award at CHI 2015. You can watch this video if you'd like to see the different design aspects we explored in the paper.
  • February, 2015 – Montana Tech student Vernon Foley has received funding from NIH-INBRE to develop a mobile app for collecting eyes-free touchscreen text entry data.
  • December, 2014 – Our paper on VelociTap has been accepted for presentation at CHI 2015. VelociTap allows users to write at 40 words-per-minute on a smartwatch-sized touchscreen keyboard at a 3% character error rate.
  • May, 2014 – I received the 2014 Distinguished Researcher Award from Montana Tech.
  • March, 2014 – Short video previews of our work at CHI 2014 are now available: Text Blaster: A Multi-player Touchscreen Typing Game, Complementing Text Entry Evaluations with a Composition Task, and Uncertain Text Entry on Mobile Device.
  • January, 2014 – I'm co-organizing a Special Interest Group (SIG) at CHI 2014: The Usability of Text Entry Systems Now and in the Future.
  • October, 2013 –  I presented our work on eyes-free touchscreen text entry at ASSETS 2013. You can see a video of our prototype interface below.
  • July, 2013 –  I have released the COMM2 test set. The set consists of 1,506 communications and should be useful for research into augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
  • April, 2013 –  The new work I'm doing on mobile text entry for users who are blind or visually-impaired appeared on the front page of the Montana Standard. Montana Tech student Haythem Memmi is working on the project as part of an undergraduate research project funded by NIH-INBRE.
  • February, 2013 –  I just launched an online course on the Fundamentals of Computer Science .
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Recent video highlights:

Eyes-free touchscreen interface, allows users to type on a mobile device without visual feedback.

One-step correction of recognition errors using voice, voice + eye, and voice + touch.

Speech Dasher, a correction interface using speech and navigation by pointing.

Parakeet, correcting recognition errors on a touch-screen mobile device.

Music video featuring the people and projects of the freshmen computer science course 135 and 136 at Montana Tech.