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    Research Excellence Fund (REF) Award Announced

    The Vice President for Research Office announced the 2018 Research Excellence Fund (REF) awards and thanked the volunteer review committees, as well as the deans and department chairs, for their time spent on this important internal research award process. Keith has received a Research Excellence Fund (REF) seed grant from Michigan Tech for his project entitled “Automatic…


    Keith Vertanen Receives NSF CAREER Award

    Keith Vertanen(HCC), has been award a 2018 NSF CAREER Award for his project entitled, “Technology Assisted Conversations”. This 5-year award has a total budget of $538,799. In this project, Keith will create new real-time communication solutions for people who face speaking challenges, including those with physical or cognitive disabilities.The primary goal of this project is to develop…


    Keith Vertanen Receives Exceptional Instructor Evaluation Score

    Congratulations to Keith Vertanen for having been identified as one of only 71 instructors who received an exceptional “Average of 7 Dimensions” student evaluation score during Spring semester 2017. Keith’s score is 4.53 with an enrollment of 105. Keith received the same recognition in Spring 2016 with a score of 4.49 with an enrollment of 85.…


    Advancements in Eyes-free Text Entry

    For Keith Vertanen, the satisfaction of helping people with visual impairments is a byproduct of the challenge he seeks. Vertanen’s research will offer more texting options not only to the blind community, but to the situationally impaired, too. “My interest stemmed from sighted text entry research. The decoder (a touchscreen keyboard recognizer) is so accurate—we…


    Keith, Nilufer, Philart and Scott Receive Exceptional Instructor Evaluation Score

    Professors Keith Vertanen, Nilufer Onder, Scott Kuhl, Philart Jeon, have been identified as four of only 85 instructors who received an exceptional “Average of 7 Dimensions” student evaluation score during Spring semester 2016. Their scores are in the top 10% of similarly sized sections across all courses/sections on campus. These great achievements reflect the tremendous effort and commitment Keith, Nilufer,…


    Keith Vertanen receives Google Faculty Research Award!

    Keith Vertanen Congratulations Keith on receiving a Google Faculty Research Award for $47,219. The project is titled, “Less is More:  Investigating Abbreviated Text Input via a Game”.  The project will use an Android game to answer four questions:  1) What sorts of abbreviations do users think they should use? 2) How do users change their abbreviations in…