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:

  • Jan 2017 – Our CHI 2017 paper on physical keyboard input in virtual reality was accepted. Congrats to lead author PhD student James Walker!
  • Nov 2016 – I'm co-organizing the CHI 2017 workshop: Ubiquitous Text Interaction. This workshop will explore the problems and opportunities of text interactions that are embedded in our environments, available all the time, and used by people who may be constrained by device, situation, or disability. If that sounds interesting, please consider attending!
  • Oct 2016 –  I'm currently looking for highly motivated students to join my research group. Contact me if you are interested.
  • Apr 2016 –  At the CHI 2016 text entry workshop, I described recent work to decode physical keyboard typing and to decode multitouch taps based only on the number of fingers.
  • Feb 2016 – I received a Google Research Award for my project "Less is More: Investigating Abbreviated Text Input via a Game".
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Video highlights:

VelociTap, fast sentence-based touchscreen keyboard decoder.

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.