“Scientists investigate that which already is;
Engineers create that which has never been.”
Albert Einstein


Larissa Suzuki is a passionate researcher, inventor, entrepreneur, pianist and violinist, computer scientist and a software engineering.
She is a patent holder, an EPSRC-Google-Intel Scholar who completed a PhD in Computer Science in a joint program between UCL and Imperial College Business School. She has received numerous awards and has expertise on large scale software systems design and engineering, multi-sided platforms and marketplaces, the Internet of Things, smart cities / buildings / homes,  dynamic business models, data management, logistics and supply chain management, medical imaging, and digital signal processing.

Her innovative PhD research has contributed to a growing body of knowledge in smart cities and urban data management. The real world case study she carried out during her PhD became the City Data Market Strategy of the Mayor of London at the GLA. Her thesis provides a comprehensive dynamic business models and reference architecture framework for cities to:
– Create their data strategy, technology roadmap and blueprint;
– Design and realise large scale highly interconnected data infrastructures.

Larissa holds a BSc in Computer Science, an MPhil in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, studied Management Science at Lancaster University, and was a Visiting PhD Scholar at MIT. She has worked in a multitude of multidisciplinary projects: She has designed and developed expert systems for loan application evaluation, demand forecasting methods for large supply chains, digital imaging processing techniques, applications and methods to assist the early detection of Cancer, neuroimaging applications to assist the investigation of Epilepsy/Alzheimer’s disease,  urban mobility and smart homes applications, augmented reality applications for smart buildings, and large scale data infrastructures for smart cities.

At the age of 21 she founded a software company called AppStudio and provided unique and inventive applications to large retail and architecture companies, and Universities.  She has over eight years of experience as a software systems engineer and designer of ultra-large highly interconnected systems. She has worked for the Bank of Brazil, Smar, University of Sao Paulo, IBM, ARUP and the Greater London Authority. Her academic experience includes seven years of teaching and research experience. She’s worked as a Visiting Lecturer at University of Parana in a joint  program with Université Paris-Dauphine (France) and Laval University (Canada); as a Teaching Assistant at University of Sao Paulo, University Centre Barão de Mauá and Lancaster University. Since 2011 she has worked as a Senior Teaching Assistant in the Department of Computer Science at UCL, and has supervised/co-supervised nearly 20 BSc/MSc dissertations and projects, some of which were considered outstanding projects in software engineering (IoT, Smart Homes), and a project which became an embedded feature in the Microsoft Visual Studio. These projects were part of an alliance between UCL and organizations such as Microsoft, Satalia, Credit Suisse.

She is a frequent conference, panel and tutorial speaker (including a TEDx and 17 conferences of international acclaim), and has received numerous awards, scholarships and recognitions from from Intel, EPSRC, BFWG, Google, ACM, EIT Digital, McKinsey & Company, Inspiration Awards for Women. She has co-organized numerous conferences and events (including the Global Smart Cities Hackathon), has over 25 conference/journal publications, and serves as a reviewer of the IEEE Computers, Journal of Digital Image (Springer), IEEE Transactions of Signal Processing, and the Journal of Biological Systems (World Scientific). She is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smart Cities, City Protocol, IEEE, ACM, and the IET. She is the founder and head of the TLA Smart Cities Working Group (Tech London Advocates).

Volunteering, teaching and mentoring within the community are extra-curricular activities she has pursued for many years. Since 2006 she’s been actively working towards increasing the representation of women in Computer Science. She is the founder of UCLWE and UCLWE Lean IN, a student society dedicated to provide support to the professional, personal and academic development of all women engineers at UCL. She co-organizes the London Hopper Colloquium, is a member of the Diversity and Leadership group at the Royal Academy of Engineering, is a member of the poster committee of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (including entries to the ACM Research Competition),  and wasthe Community Leader of the ABI.London.