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I am a multi-disciplinary and passionate computer scientist, specialised on the design, development and management of large scale & highly interconnected data-driven systems for smart cities.

Bio.

Dr. Larissa Suzuki is an award-winning and passionate computer scientist, inventor, and engineer. She holds a PhD in Computer Science, an MPhil in Electrical Engineering and a BSc in Computer Science. Her professional career includes +10 years advancing many fields of computer science and engineering, including smart cities, data infrastructures, emerging technology, and computing applied to medicine and operations research. She has worked for many organisations, including UCL, ARUP, IBM, UK Government, Bank of Brazil. She is an Honorary Researcher at University College London and has worked for Local Government managing the development of technologies to support London’s growth and infrastructure delivery.

During her BSc studies she was honoured as the best student by the Brazilian Computer Society and won the robotics competition at her University. A the age of 21, Larissa founded a software studio start up and throughout her career she has received numerous awards, scholarships and recognitions from MIT, Intel, Google, IBM, ACM, Microsoft Research, Siemens, Brazilian Computer Society, EPSRC, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, BFWG, EIT Digital, McKinsey & Company, We are The City, Inspiration Awards for Women.

She has published several research papers in leading academic journals, books and conferences, is a frequent Keynote, conference, panel and tutorial speaker (including a TEDx). She is currently writing a book based on her PhD thesis, a work which has created the first Data Strategy for a city (London), and the Requirements Specifications for Urban Platforms which has been adopted by +30 European cities members of a project of the European Commission program ’Smart Cities and Communities”. She serves as a judge and reviewer of posters of the ACM Research Competition (GHC/16-17), is a reviewer of the IEEE Computers, Journal of Digital Image (Springer), IEEE Transactions of Signal Processing, and the Journal of Biological Systems, and is the founder and chair of the Tech London Advocates group on Smart Cities.

This year she was selected as a Young Researcher to organise a Machine Learning workshop at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2017 where the Turing Award winners (Nobel Prize of Computing) meet every year, and was profiled among 6 out of 200 young researchers in 2016. She is a contributor in the Amazonian Alliance through RedPill Group researching the design of a platform and emerging technologies to collect, manage and distribute sensory data and analytics to support the conservation, protection and well-being of Amazon Rainforest communities.

Since 2006 she’s been actively working towards increasing the representation of women in Computer Science.  founder of UCLWE, co-founder of the ABI.London, served as a member of the Athena Swan Committee (UCL/Computer Science) co-organizer the London Hopper Colloquium, and has served as track committee member of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

Twitter: @LaraSuzuki
My personal website: www.larissasuzuki.com
My academic email: larissa.romualdo.11@ucl.ac.uk