Developing a Unicode encoding for a script requires
aptitude that spans multiple disciplines. It taps into fields as diverse
as software engineering, data standardization, information architecture,
linguistics, history, anthropology, typography, and policy. It demands
collaborative engagements with native users, scholars,
software developers, font designers, and national standards bodies.
It also requires support. I am thankful that my contributions have
been made possible in part by:
Unicode Adopt-A-Character Program
The Adopt-A-Character program of the Unicode Consortium provided grants for
completing proposals for the following scripts:
2018: Book Pahlavi, Persian Siyaq Numbers, Uighur
2017: Elymaic, Khwarezmian, and Dives Akuru
Ottoman Siyaq Numbers was also completed under this grant.
2016-17: Hanifi Rohingya, Nandinagari, Old Sogdian, and Sogdian
Please consider sponsoring a Unicode character
to support the encoding of additional scripts. Contributions are a tax-deductible donation in
the United States, to the extent allowed by law, and your company may provide matching funds.
Google Research Award
I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Linguistics
at the University of California, Berkeley during 2015-16. My appointment was
funded by a Google Research Award [details],
granted to the Script Encoding Initiative.
This appointment gave me the opportunity to work on various NLP issues
regarding under-resourced languages and to develop Unicode encodings for
regional scripts used for minority languages in South Asia and
historical scripts of Central Asia.
Script Encoding Initiative
Various projects have been partially funded by the
Script Encoding Initiative,
directed by Dr. Deborah Anderson. A list of my projects supported by
SEI, which have been completed and published in Unicode
is available here.
Scripts for which research is ongoing are listed
In addition to funding, I have received the following recognition for my work:
Unicode Bulldog Award
In October 2011, at the 35th Internationalization and Unicode Conference in
Santa Clara, California, the Unicode Consortium presented me with a
“Bulldog Award” in recognition
of my contributions to the standard.