Geza Kovacs Research Open-Source Publications Teaching Contact CV / Resume

I'm Geza Kovacs, a 2nd year Computer Science PhD student at Stanford supported by the NDSEG fellowship.

My advisor is Michael Bernstein in the Human-Computer Interaction group.

I'm interested in microlearning, MOOCs, language learning, and educational technologies.

I did my undergrad and masters in CS at MIT, where I worked in the User Interface Design group at CSAIL.


FeedLearn: Microlearning in Facebook Feeds FeedLearn helps you learn vocabulary as you browse your Facebook feed.
It inserts interactive quizzes which you can answer without leaving your feed.

CHI 2015 WIP (to appear). Homepage

QuizCram: Question-Driven Video Viewing QuizCram is a viewer for MOOC lectures that uses quizzes to direct navigation and reviewing.
Materials can be generated from existing in-video quizzes on Coursera.

CHI 2015 SRC (to appear). Homepage

Smart Subtitles for Foreign Language Learning Smart Subtitles helps you learn vocabulary while you watch foreign-language videos.
It features an interactive transcript with mouse-over definitions and dialog-based navigation.

CHI 2014 full paper: Paper ACM DL Video Homepage

GrammarVis: Visualizing the Grammar of Foreign Languages GrammarVis lets you interactively explore the syntactic structure of sentences.
I built it as part of a foreign-language manga reader application.

UIST 2014 demo: Paper ACM DL Video Homepage

ScreenMatch: Visual Context for Software Translators Software translators lack visual context which illustrates how the strings they are translating are used.
ScreenMatch matches translatable strings to screenshots, to illustrate how they are used in the software.

CHI 2012 SRC: Paper ACM DL Poster


UNetbootin: LiveUSB Creator UNetbootin is a graphical tool to create bootable live USB drives.
It allows users to install Ubuntu and other Linux distributions on tablets and netbooks without CD drives.

I built and maintain UNetbootin. It has been downloaded over 40 million times.
Homepage Wikipedia

Wubi: Ubuntu Installer for Windows Wubi is a tool that allows users to install Ubuntu from Windows.
It installs and boots Ubuntu from a file, so it does not require any repartitioning.

I built the original versions of Wubi, which is now part of Ubuntu.
Homepage Wikipedia

You can find my other open-source projects on Github and Launchpad.

See my resume for details on industry experience.


Geza Kovacs. FeedLearn: Using Facebook Feeds for Microlearning. CHI 2015 Works in Progress (to appear).

Geza Kovacs. QuizCram: A Question-Driven Video Studying Interface. CHI 2015 Student Research Competition (to appear).

Geza Kovacs, Robert C Miller. Smart Subtitles for Vocabulary Learning. CHI 2014 full paper. (ACM DL, video)

Joseph Jay Williams, Geza Kovacs, Caren Walker, Samuel G Maldonado, Tania Lombrozo. Learning Online via Prompts to Explain. CHI 2014 Works in Progress. (ACM DL)

Geza Kovacs, Robert C Miller. Foreign Manga Reader: Learn Grammar and Pronunciation while Reading Comics. UIST 2013 Demo. (ACM DL, video)

Geza Kovacs. Multimedia for Language Learning. MEng Thesis, MIT, 2013.

Geza Kovacs. Smart Subtitles for Language Learning. CHI 2013 Student Research Competition. (ACM DL, poster)

Geza Kovacs. ScreenMatch: Providing Context to Software Translators by Displaying Screenshots. CHI 2012 Student Research Competition (1st place). (ACM DL, poster)


Natural Language Processing (TA, Fall 2012)

Introduction to C++ (Instructor, IAP 2011)

Introduction to C# and the .NET Framework (Instructor, IAP 2011)

Maslab Autonomous Robotics Competition (Software Director, IAP 2011)


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FAQ / Misc

Q: How do I pronounce your name?

A: The "e" sound in Geza is the same as in "hey". The "cs" in Kovacs is pronounced "ch", not "ks".

Q: What are your pseudonyms / other names?

A: I go by tuxcantfly on the Ubuntu forums and some other open-source software-related sites. My Vietnamese name is Minh Trung, which is written in Chinese characters as 明忠. My Hungarian name is Kovács Géza (Hungarian puts the surname first).