Developing a Unicode encoding for any given script is an effort that
spans multiple disciplines. It requires tapping into fields as diverse
as software engineering, data standardization, information architecture,
linguistics, history, anthropology, typography, and policy. It also
requires collaborative engagements with native and scholarly users,
software developers, font designers, and national standards bodies.
Moreover, it 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 the following scripts:
2016-17: Hanifi Rohingya, Nandinagari, Old Sogdian, and Sogdian
2017: Elymaic, Khwarezmian, and Dives Akuru
Ottoman Siyaq Numbers was also completed under this grant.
Please consider sponsoring a 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 from 2006-15 were partially funded by the
Script Encoding Initiative,
directed by Dr. Deborah Anderson.
In addition to funding, I have received 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.