Anna Kazantseva

Roles and responsibilities

I am Research Officer working on two projects:

Indigenous Languages Technology (mostly on Kanien’kéha)

Text-to-Speech for Indigenous Language Education (Kanien’kéha and SENĆOŦEN).

Current research and/or projects

My research focuses on building morphological models for low-resource languages with focus on Kanien’kéha and SENĆOŦEN. I am interested in how to create either symbolic or neural models in real-life settings when labelled data, grammars or even access to speakers is very limited.


I also have a long-standing interest in computational processing of literature and data in the general area of Humanities.


2014. Ph.D. in Computer Science (specialization in Computational Linguistics). University of Ottawa.

2007. Master of Computer Science. University of Ottawa.

2003. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The American University of Paris.

2003. Bachelor of Arts in International Business Administration. The American

University of Paris. 


Professional activities/interests

Co-organizing the annual workshops on SIGHUM Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature. Click here for the most recent edition.


Intellectual Property Achievement Award (Impact). 2020-2021. National Research Council Canada.

Value to Canada Award. 2017 and 2018. Digital Technologies Research Centre, National Research Council Canada.

2007 - 2010. National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Postgraduate scholarship (NSERC PGS-D).


Key publications

R. Kuhn, F. Davis, A. Désilets, E. Joanis, A. Kazantseva, R. Knowles, P. Littell, D. Lothian, A. Pine, Caroline Running Wolf, E. Santos, D. Stewart, G. Boulianne, V. Gupta, Brian Maracle Owennatékha, Akwiratékha’ Martin, C. Cox, M.-Od. Junker, O. Sammons. (2020). The Indigenous Languages Technology project at NRC Canada: An empowerment-oriented approach to developing language software. In Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, pages 5866–5878, Barcelona, Spain (Online). International Committee on Computational Linguistics.


Littell, P., Kazantseva, A., Kuhn, R., Pine, A., Arppe, A., Cox, C., Junker, M. (2018).

Indigenous language technologies in Canada: Assessment, challenges, and successes. In Proceedings of COLING: The 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics.


Anna Kazantseva, Owennatekha Brian Maracle, Ronkwe’tiyóhstha Josiah Maracle, and Aidan Pine. 2018. Kawennón:nis: the Wordmaker for Kanyen’kéha. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Modeling of Polysynthetic Languages, pages 53–64, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Association for Computational Linguistics.


Anna Kazantseva and Stan Szpakowicz. (2014). Hierarchical Topical Segmentation with Affinity Propagation. In Proceedings of COLING 2014, the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: Technical Papers (COLING 2014), pp. 37-47, Dublin, Ireland.


Anna Kazantseva and Stan Szpakowicz. (2011). Linear Text Segmentation Using Affinity Propagation. In Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing   (EMNLP 2011), pp. 284-293. Edinburgh, Scotland.


Anna Kazantseva and Stan Szpakowicz. (2010). Summarizing Short Stories. In Computational Linguistics 36(1), pp. 71-109.

Anna Kazantseva

Anna Kazantseva

Associate Research Officer
Digital Technologies
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7
Preferred language: English
Other(s): French, Russian, Italian, English
Telephone: 236-464-0982


Indigenous collaborations, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Natural language processing, Text Analytics