Driven by wonder, curiosity and a deep need for answers

I’m Prof Dr Larissa Suzuki (BSc, MPhil, PhD, CEng, FRSA, FIET, EUR ING, IntPE, AFHEA, MBCS, CRAEs), often referred to as Lara Suzuki, and I am a Computer Scientist and Engineer. 

I am a Technical Director (Office of the CTO) at Google, a Visiting Scientist at Nasa/JPL and a Professor of UCL. My journey in the world of computer science and engineering commenced at a mere 15, and since then, it’s been a great journey marked by accolades and recognitions for impactful contributions to both industry and international science.

Expertise in AI for Smart Cities, Biomedical Eng and Space Sciences

As a trailblazer in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, I’ve engineered solutions that span across realms — from space science, healthcare, and finance to smart cities, federated computations, Internet of Everything, and robotics. I hold several patents for inventions in software security and artificial intelligence.

  • I achieved numerous historical firsts (AI and networking) for DTN and the Interplanetary Internet with Vint Cerf
  • I am a Google AI Principles Ethics Fellow and Pioneer, contributing to ethical AI practices and Responsible AI education activities for Google customers and partners
  • I was the Product Manager Director of the team who patented the idea of defining a Machine
    Learning application via a chatbot years before chatGPT was launched
    (2019 – Oracle)
  • My PhD thesis pioneered Data Infrastructures for Smart Cities, and was used to design numerous smart cities in Europe and the world’s first City Data Strategy adopted by the Mayor of London
  • My MPhil research on image processing for breast cancer diagnosis paved the way to achieving a reduction of up to 30% of radiation exposure in cancer patients

Industry Pioneer with +19 Years of Experience

With over 19 years of experience in the Tech and Engineering Industry, currently working as a Technical Director in the Office of the CTO at Google. Prior experiences include Oracle, London Government, IBM, Arup, EU, amongst others. 

My passion extends beyond industry walls. I hold the prestigious position of Honorary Associate Professor at UCL and serve as a Visiting Researcher at NASA JPL, where I’m pioneering the Interplanetary Internet through the magic of AI/ML. I conducted academic research at MIT, UCL, Imperial College and University of Sao Paulo.

Additionally, I have served as a guest Lecturer at Harvard University and University of Oxford. I currently supervise PhD students working on Artificial Intelligence in Medical Sciences.

Multiple Award-Winning Scientist

I have received over 85 honours and awards for my contribution to industry and international science. You can find me in the Engineers Gallery exhibition at the London Science Museum alongside one of my many Lego Robots.
 

Awards include a medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering, and honours and awards from ACM, Intel, Google, the IET, MIT, UCL, EPSRC, Heidelberg Laureate Forum, McLaren Racing, among others.

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Transformative Work at NASA JPL

Within NASA JPL’s “Telecommunications Division, Communications Architecture and Research Section,” I’ve left an indelible mark, revolutionizing AI space applications, Interplanetary communications, Space Kubernetes, and groundbreaking applications to support engineers and astronauts to converse with technical documentations using Large Language Models.

I am the person who made several historical firsts in the history of the Interplanetary Internet and DTN, including:

  • ChatDTN – A multimodel LLM for talking to spacecrafts and machines running DTN
  • Connecting DTN nodes over multiple clouds
  • Multicasting DTN nodes over multiple clouds
  • Real-time DTN Video transmission ussing bssp over multiple clouds
  • Real-time DTN Image and Video detection using AI over multiple clouds
  • Real-time DTN Raspberry Pi and sensors actuation via multiple clouds and anomaly detection events (ML)
  • Real-time Federated Computations over DTN and distributed across different cloud and on-prem machines

A Voice of Innovation on the Stage and Media

Not just a practitioner but a storyteller, I am an active keynote speaker, weaving narratives that captivate audiences globally. As an inventor, entrepreneur, and open source contributor, I thrive on pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. I have delivered keynote speeches to audiences of over +20,000 people. 

Currently working on my third book to be published by Thames & Hudson, I am featured in the Science Museum “Engineers Gallery” where I am also the virtual host, IET “Celebrating Impact” feature in the walls of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. I was featured in the Cosmopolitan Magazine, interviewed by BBC, SkyNews, Financial Times, The Guardian, and had my work featured in several international outlets such as Wired, Fortune, and CNN.

Some of my media coverage can be found here.

Authoring and Advancing Tomorrow's Narratives

Currently crafting my third book and digital materials for programming using Legos for young people. I am committed to sharing knowledge and shaping the discourse on technology’s future. I have numerous publications in Journals, Conference Proceedings and Technical Documentations of innovative technologies.

I have recently published an article with Dame Steve Shirley for the Bright Blue magazine on AI & Autism.

I am a reviewer for proposals of the UK Space Agency, grants of the Royal Academy of Engineering and awards of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. I am Ambassador for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, and Member of the Search Committee of the QEPrize for Engineering.

Championing Diversity and Inclusion for all kinds of minds

At 17, I embarked on a mission to amplify representation in Engineering and Technology. Founding AppStudio at 21, the UCL Society of Women Engineers, and The KOI Circle on LinkedIn – the largest Women in STEM group, I strive to create a more inclusive future.

In the UK, the students and staff of the Special Needs School in Wiltshire “Churchward School” named their new class as Larissa Suzuki “due to the amazing work she is doing especially in engaging young people with science”.

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Current Work

Current affiliations

2020-06

Technical Director, Google

Leading AI, distributed computations, Robotics and more at the Office of the CTO

2023-02

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

Visiting Researcher on Interplanetary Internet, AI & Foundation Models for Space Applications

2018-08

Associate Professor, UCL

Research and supervision of PhD students at leading International Universities

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What are Smart Cities?

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