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Dr. Ngô Thanh Nhàn

Dr. Nhàn is a research fellow at the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society, College of Liberal Arts, Temple University since September 2006. He received a B.A. and M.A. in Theoretical Linguistics at San José State University and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the New York University (1984).

Dr. Nhàn has worked in research projects in natural language processing at New York University with Prof. Ralph Grishman from 1979-1986 with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, and with Dr. Naomi Sager since 1986, including support from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Hôpital Cantonal Universitaire de Genève to produce a French medical language processor based on Dr. Sager's linguistic string grammar. Dr. Nhàn has published in scholarly journals and conference proceedings with Dr. Sager. He has been maintaining the MLP since 1986, designed and implemented the MLP Preprocessor, helped formulate the XML design for the Structure Health Markup Language (SHML), as well as redid the Viewer design using XML and PHP. See Medical Language Processing and NYU Linguistic String Project.

Dr. Nhàn is an expert in computer character encoding of Vietnamese national latin quốc ngữ script, Vietnamese traditional ideographic Nôm script, and south indic Chăm script. During the early 1990's, Dr. Nhàn was a liaison officer of the Vietnam Standard Committee at Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646. As vice president of the Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation from 1999 to April 3, 2007, Dr. Nhàn designed and implemented Nôm fonts for artistic and research purposes.

Mai Phuong Le
Mai Phương Lê

Mai Phương got her bachelor at the Sàigòn College of Education in 1978. She taught literature at Suối Đá Middle School in Tây Ninh, Vietnam from 1978 to 1981.

She worked with Dr. Nhàn in Nôm studies since 1999. She joined the team of designers in the first edition of the Nôm Lookup Tool in 2002, and began working with Dr. Nhàn since August 2011 in the upgraded Nôm Ideogram Lookup (in par with UniHan 6.0) with binary decomposition of ideograms. She is currently an advisor of the Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation.

Mai Phương has been conducting research on three different versions of 三千字 Tam Thiên Tự [Three Thousand Ideograms]: 三千字解音 Tam Thiên Tự giải âm ["Three Thousand Ideograms" with Pronunciation Guide in Nôm] (1831), 三千字解詳國語 Tam Thiên Tự giải tường quốc ngữ ["Three Thousand Ideograms" with their meaning guide in latin quốc ngữ] (1915) and 三千字 Tam Thiên Tự ["Three thousand Ideograms" in Hán-Nôm-Quốc ngữ] by Đoàn Trung Còn (1959, reprinted 1999). She has written several articles in Nôm studies for major conferences in Vietnam 2000, 2004, 2006 and at Temple in 2008.

Vu Hung
Vũ Ngọc Long Hưng

Hưng is an undergraduate student at Temple University and curently in his third-year of college . He is working on getting his bachelor of science degree in Mathematics. After obtaining his bachelors, he plans on applying to Med school, and pursue a career as a M.D. Hưng was born in Saigon, Vietnam and moved to the United States of America at the age of ten. He and his family settled and currently reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hưng has been working as an assistant for Dr. Sophia Quinn-Judge in the Vietnamese Center since September 2007. Here, he also has the opportunity to help out Dr. Nhàn in his work of preserving endangered language archives of Nôm, Vietnamese literature.

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