I am EUR ING Dr Lara (Larissa) Suzuki (BSc MPhil PhD CEng FRSA FIET AFHEA IntPE), an award-winning, passionate computer scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur.
I am the Data/AI Technology Practice Lead at Google (UK&I), AI Principle Ethics Fellow at Google, and conduct work on the Interplanetary Overlay Network (ION) with Google Cloud project with Google and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. My continuing academic work is at UCL where I serve as an Honorary Associate Professor of Computer Science.
My engineering career started at the age of 16. At the age of 18 I was a scientific initiation fellow, and at the age of 21 I founded my first business (software house), and at age of 23 I became a University Lecturer teaching in BSc in Computer Science and in MBA programs.
My career includes 15 years working in many fields of engineering, including smart cities, ML, emerging technology, and computing applied to medicine / neuroimaging (cancer diagnosis) and operations research.
My previous experiences includes senior appointments such as Director of Product Management at Oracle, Head of Data Science at Founders4Schools/Workfinder, Senior Project Manager at London Government, TfL and other work experiences at European Commission, ARUP, IBM, University Labs (UCL, MIT, Lancaster, USP), Smar, Bank of Brazil.
I’ve received numerous awards, grants and recognitions from MIT, Intel, Google, IBM, ACM, IET, Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, Microsoft Research, Siemens, EPSRC, McKinsey & Co, among many others for my contributions to industry and international science.
I’ve published several research papers academic journals, books and conferences, am a frequent Keynote, conference and panel speaker (including TEDx). I am a Council Member of the Queen Elizabeth Prize or Engineering Ambassador Network, a judge and reviewer of the ACM Global Research Competition, Chair of the IET Innovation Awards (R&D category), and grants reviewer for the Royal Academy of Engineering. I am also a journal reviewer for IEEE and Springer, and the chair of the Tech London Advocates Smart Cities.
I am a member of the InterPlanetary Networking Special Interest Group of the Internet Society, and have been a committee member of the Grace Hopper Conference since 2014. I am an elected member of the Technical and Professional Networks Communities Committee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). I am also a judge and/or reviewer of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Global Research Competition, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Impact Grants Project Applications awards; and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Springer journals. I also chair the Tech London Advocates Smart Cities, and the R&D category of the IET Innovation Awards.
Since 2006, I have been actively promoting engineering and technology for people of all kinds, bringing the joy of computer programming and engineering to women, minorities and young people. I am a member of the “Our Ingenious World“, in 2012 I founded the UCL Student Society of Women Engineers, and co-founded the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology branch in London – ABI.London, and the Tech-heroines.org initiative. I am a frequent speaker at schools and online learning contents catered for young students (e.g. Big Engineering Work Experience Week).
PhD in Computer Science
4 Years Ph.D program . 15 Honours and Awards . Pioneered Data Infrastructures for Smart Cities. Created the City Data Market Strategy of the Mayor of London . Designed Urban Platforms for over 40 EU cities . Published as a Book.
Certificate in Integrated Business Processes
University of Duisburg-Essen
Certificate in Integrated Business Processes from Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
MPhil in Electrical Engineering
University of Sao Paulo
2 years MPhil program . Summa Cum Laude – GPA: A . Three Honours and Awards . Created new technologies for early detection of breast cancer in women of all ages. Paved the way to reduce radiation exposure in cancer patients by 20% - 30%. Published in international journals.
BSc in Computer Science
University Barao de Maua
Summa Cum Laude degree. 3 Honours and Awards . Valedictorian student . Honoured by the University and the Brazilian Computer Society as the best student. Scientific initiation fellow in AI . Research presented and published at International Conferences.
Machine Learning and AI
I’ve worked in a multitude of multidisciplinary projects: I’ve designed and developed expert systems, applications and methods to assist the early detection of cancer on radiography imaging and for neuroimaging processing, urban mobility holographic and predictive models, smart homes applications, augmented reality applications for smart buildings management and predictive maintenance, and large scale data infrastructures for smart cities.
I enjoy playing the piano and the violin, and free hand drawing manga. One of my biggest passions is also building robots.
Academic and professional progress
Started both my academic and professional career16 Years Old
Scientific initiation scholar on Artificial Intelligence18 Years Old
Founded my first business: AppStudio, a software warehouse.21 Years Old
Lecturer in Computer Science and MBA Programs23 Years Old
Director of a Fortune 100 Company32 Years old
Honorary Associate Professor of UCL33 years old
What are Smart Cities?
My passion is to use technology for the benefit of mankind, in medical areas and in smart cities. I have +15 years of experience as a computer scientist and engineer.
I’ve worked for Google, Oracle, IBM, ARUP, the Bank of Brazil, Smar, University of Sao Paulo, and Central Government, among others. I was a Director of Product Management at Oracle, leading on the development of tools to industrialise machine learning.
For Arup and IBM I’ve used IoT and AR devices to spot energy waste, manage resources, locate hidden assets, and manage predictive maintenance by exploiting data from instrumenting smart buildings.
For the European Commission, I co-led the development and delivery urban platforms. For London Government I led the delivery of a GIS platform to support the London Infrastructure 2050 Plan. The platform provides analytics, points where infrastructure investment plans across the key sectors should go, assesses infrastructure capacity, and opportunities for joint delivery and expected saving. Elimination of 1% pa of congestion caused by road works using the tool helps the capital to saving £4.2M. This significantly exceeds the cost of developing the tool to date. In 2019, I was brought back to the GLA to upgrade the tool. The Mayor stated, on releasing V3 of the IMA, that the tool is predicted to continue supporting good growth and support tackling the huge cost of congestion (£6.2B, forecast to rise to £9.3B by 2030 – in 2018, roadworks caused 15%, ~£900M, of this and costs London drivers an average of 227 hours and £1,680).
At Founders4Shools I’ve delivered AI solutions to stimulate the tech talent pipeline for the long term and help to address skills gaps in the Labour Market.
At Oracle, I was a Director and led the delivery of a new Machine Learning (ML) framework (similar to Kubeflow) to allow the migration of previous ML from Oracle “On Premise” solutions to Oracle Cloud (OCI), to save $100Ms to Oracle with cloud migration. I have also filed 5 patents for the invention of a unified framework for AutoML at Oracle.
Volunteering, teaching and mentoring within the community are extra-curricular activities that I’ve pursued for many years.
Since 2006 I’ve been actively working towards increasing the representation of women in Computer Science.
I am the founder and head of the TLA Smart Cities Working Group (Tech London Advocates).
I am the founder of UCL Student Society of Women Engineers, a student society dedicated to provide support to the professional, personal and academic development of all women engineers at UCL.
I co-organised the London Hopper Colloquium, served a member of the Diversity and Leadership group at the Royal Academy of Engineering, served as a member of the Athena Swan Committee (UCL/Computer Science), was the Community Leader of the ABI.London.
I am currently a committee member of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (research posters & papers for technical tracks), ACM research competition judge, ABIE Awards.