2016 -  in progress: Charles University, Prague

PhD in Mathematical Linguistics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Thesis Title: Dependency Parsing beyond Simple Trees

Supervisor:  Daniel  Zeman

Brief Synopsis of Research:

The dissertation will present a research on elliptic constructions, their annotation, representation in syntactic trees and parsing. We plan to examine existing theories and annotation standards for elliptic constructions. It is possible that on the basis of this analysis we will be able to propose modified or improved method of annotation for such constructions. Parsing experiments are required to test the proposed decisions.

Topics for bibliographic research and for own research project:

  • representation of elliptic constructions in different theories and parsing problems;
  • annotation and parsing of elliptic construction;
  • dependency parsing tools and evaluation.

2014 - 2016: Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Master's degree in Computational Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities

Thesis Title: Universal Dependencies for Russian

Supervisor:  Olga Lyashevskaya

Brief Synopsis of Research:

Universal Dependencies (UD) is the latest initiative, which was inspired by the idea of universal grammar and the assumption that all human languages share the same fundamental principle. UD supports cross-lingual learning and parsing research from a language typology perspective, but it is not a linguistic theory, it is rather a cross-linguistically consistent grammatical annotation standard which varies across languages and provides an opportunity to take into account language-specific aspects. This work provides a UD-style annotated corpus and a trained parsing model for Russian. The corpus was obtained by converting  Syntagrus using manually prepared conversion rules. The parsing model was trained using Maltparser.

The corpus is available as a part of UD project since release 1.3.

Research Interests:

Morphology, Syntax, Parsing, Corpus linguistics, Universal Dependencies


2002 - 2008: Engineer's degree in Radio Engineering, Moscow Technological University (MIREA)

1993 - 2002: Moscow Secondary school №521



2017 - present

Developer at LINDAT/CLARIN (KonText project)


2011 - 2016

Project manager at Luxoft, Moscow (

Banking, Investment banking, Finance, Software development

I started working at Luxoft as a business analyst  5 years ago and had wide experience during these years. I had a wide range of responsibilities, which were client relationships, project planning and managing, controlling project budget.

I also had practical tasks of various types. The most important were gathering and analyzing information, preparing technical requirements and documentation, reconstructing requirements by legacy source code, team work on software architecture and integration between parts of system, testing, and analyzing bugs.


2010 - 2011

Business analyst at Invento-service, Moscow

Banking, Finance, Software development


2007 - 2010

Business analyst at Info Industries Group, Moscow

Banking, Finance, Software development



Technical skills: Python 3, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Bootstrap, SQL

I also have strong experience in analyzing data and project management.


Publications/Conference Papers/Projects

  1. Kira Droganova,  Building a Dependency Parsing Model for Russian with MaltParser and MyStem TagsetIn Proceedings of the AINL-ISMW FRUCT, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 9-14 November 2015, ITMO University, FRUCT, Finland. ISBN 978-5-7577-0493-7
  2. TLT14: Treebanks & Linguistic Theories (poster session), Warsaw, 2015.
  3. Syntactic parser for Russian:
  4. Workshop «Computational linguistics and language science» (CLLS), Moscow 2016.                                                                 Paper  "Building NLP Pipeline for Russian with a handful of linguistic knowledge " is published in online proceedings at CEUR Workshop Proceedings (
  5. Kira Droganova, Daniel Zeman (2016): Conversion of SynTagRus (the Russian dependency treebank) to Universal Dependencies (technical report). ÚFAL MFF UK, Praha, Czechia
  6. Kira Droganova, Daniel Zeman, "Elliptic Constructions: Spotting Patterns in UD Treebanks" In online proceedings of NoDaLiDa Workshop on Universal Dependencies (UDW 2017), NoDaLiDa 2017, Gothenburg, May 22
  7.  DIALOGUE 2017: MorphoRuEval - evaluation track of Russian morphological analysis methods. Organizers team (


Fellowships and Grants

  • RBMT Summer school in Alacant Travel Grant, 2016
  • Charles University Grant Agency,  grant no. 794417