“Scientists investigate that which already is;
Engineers create that which has never been.”
I am an award-winning, passionate computer scientist, inventor, Chartered Engineer, entrepreneur, smart cities designer, pianist and violinist.
I am a EPSRC-Google-Intel Scholar, and I completed a PhD in Computer Science in an integrated program between UCL and Imperial College Business School, and was a Visiting Student at MIT. I also hold an MPhil EE, BSc CS and am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I work at Oracle as a Director for AI Product Management and am an Hon. Associate Professor at UCL Computer Science.
I have 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.
I hold 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. I’ve worked in a multitude of multidisciplinary projects: I’ve 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, work on neuroimaging, urban mobility and smart homes applications, augmented reality applications for smart buildings, and large scale data infrastructures for smart cities.
– Ph.D. Thesis / Academic Career
My innovative PhD research has contributed to a growing body of knowledge in smart cities and urban data management. The real world case studies I’ve carried out during her PhD became the City Data Market Strategy of the Mayor of London at the GLA, and was used to design Urban Platforms for over 40 cities via European Commission’s project. My Ph.D. 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.
My academic experience started when I was 23 and was invited to teach in BSc in Computer Science and MBA in Logistic Systems programs. I was a Visiting Lecturer at University of Parana, a Teaching Assistant at UCL, Lancaster University, University of Sao Paulo, and a Lecturer at University Centre Barao de Maua. I’ve supervised/co-supervised over 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.
I have published over 20 research papers in leading academic journals, books and conferences, is a frequent conference speaker and is currently writing a book based on my PhD thesis.
– Entrepreneurship / Industry Experience
At the age of 21 I founded a software start up called AppStudio which provided unique and inventive applications to large retail and architecture companies, and Universities. I have +13 years of experience as a software systems engineer and designer of ultra-large highly interconnected systems. I’ve worked for IBM, ARUP, the Bank of Brazil, Smar, University of Sao Paulo, and Central Government, among others.
I am a Director of Product Management at Oracle, leading on the development of tools to industrialise machine learning. I also serve as an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL in the Department of Computer Science.
– Conferencing / Honours and Awards
I am a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker (including a TEDx), and have received numerous awards, scholarships and recognitions from Intel, EPSRC, BFWG, Google, ACM, EIT Digital, McKinsey & Company, Inspiration Awards for Women. I’ve co-organized numerous conferences and events (including the Global Smart Cities Hackathon), have multiple conference/journal publications, and serve 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). I am a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smart Cities, City Protocol, IEEE, ACM, and the IET.
– Volunteering / Advocating for Women and Diversity in Tech
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. She is the founder and head of the TLA Smart Cities Working Group (Tech London Advocates).
I am 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. I co-organize 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, and 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).