, the PI of the Open Philology project, is Professor in the study of Buddhism at Leiden University (since 2007). He received his PhD at the University of Michigan in 1994. His research concentrates on chiefly Indian Mahāyāna Buddhist literature. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, co-Editor-in-chief of the Indo-Iranian Journal, and founding general editor of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism. He is the author of a number of books and articles, among which more recently is Materials Toward the Study of Vasubandhu’s Viṁśikā (I): Sanskrit and Tibetan Critical Editions of the Verses and Autocommentary; An English Translation and Annotations (2016). A short CV and publication list with links may be found at leidenuniv.academia.edu/JASilk
is a postdoctoral researcher on the Open Philology project. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2018. Trained in Sinology, Chinese Studies, and Religious Studies with a specialization in Chinese Buddhism, his recent work has focused on the cultural pre-history of the Chinese Buddhist canon: the ideas, values, and beliefs that the Chinese Buddhist apologists put forward in their attempts to construct the religion as an ideal whole in the early period (up to the fifth cent. C.E.), prior to the emergence of canons (zang 藏) as actual collections of books. A short CV and publication list with links may be found here: stanford.academia.edu/RafalFelbur
is a postdoctoral researcher on the Open Philology project. He received his PhD from The University of Vienna in 2018. Gregory’s research primarily focuses on Buddhist systems of thought from the Mahāyāna and rDzogs chen traditions in relation to their contemplative and ritual application. He is currently studying the Acintyabuddhaviṣayanirdeśa and the Mahāprātihāryasūtra of the Mahāratnakūṭa collection. Among other methods, he is particularly interested in the promise of text mining, which he is applying to texts in the Mahāratnakūṭa corpus.
is the principal software engineer for Open Philology. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies (concentrating on Buddhism) from McMaster University (2016). He is responsible for creating and maintaining the alignment engine and database for the project. His research focuses on three areas: Buddhist monastic law, historical politeness and computational linguistics. A short CV and publication list with links may be found here: handyc.sdf.org
started his studies at ELTE Budapest (Diploma in Tibetan Studies and Indology). He wrote his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Alexis Sanderson in Oxford (defended in 2012). Since then he has been Junior Research Fellow at Merton College Oxford, a Nachwuchsinitiative stipendiant at Hamburg University, and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College Oxford. His primary area of expertise is the literature and history of Indian Esoteric Buddhism. Most of his publications can be accessed here: leidenuniv.academia.edu
is a PhD student for Open Philology. After obtaining his BA (Hons.) in English Literature from Hong Kong Baptist University (2016), he studied Transcultural Studies in Heidelberg under the guidance of Prof. Michael Radich (MA 2018, with a thesis on medieval Chinese Christian texts), and Tibetan Studies in Hamburg with Prof. Dorji Wangchuk. A short CV and publication list with links may be found here: leidenuniv.academia.edu/YuBai
is a PhD student for Open Philology. She studied Sanskrit and Pāli language at Peking University (BA 2014), followed by an MA at the same university (2017), with a thesis on Kharoṣṭhī manuscripts unearthed at Niya. A short CV and publication list with links may be found here: independent.academia.edu/yixiujiang
is the project assistant. She provides task management support and oversees project news updates and the informational website for Open Philology. Svetlana has a degree in History from Moscow Pedagogical University. In addition to her native Russian, she speaks English and Dutch, and has worked extensively as a translator and interpreter. After moving to the Netherlands, Svetlana gained over 10 years of experience in customer service, administrative and project support for companies in the field of publishing and information services, including Brill, ACCUCOMS and Kluwer Law International.
is the NLP & Digital Humanities consultant for Open Philology. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Leiden University and is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has segmented and POS tagged the Annotated Corpus of Classical Tibetan (ACTib) and is designing and developing the Natural Language Processing tasks for the Open Philology project, including Information Retrieval, Semantic Textual Similarity, NER and Machine Translation. Her research interests include historical linguistics, comparative syntax and NLP/ Digital Humanities. She has worked on Celtic, Germanic and Tibeto-Burman languages in particular.