Who am I?
I am Prof Dr Larissa Suzuki, also known as Lara Suzuki.
I am an award-winning passionate computer scientist, engineer, Professor, author, entrepreneur, board member, philanthropist, and inventor. I am neurodivergent (Autism and ADHD), a pianist and violinist. I hold the titles of Professor, EUR ING, BSc, MPhil, PhD, CEng, FIET, FRSA, AFHEA, IntPE. I am a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers and I hold the Freedom of the City of London.
My career in engineering started at the age of 16. At the age of 21 I founded my first business (App Studio), and at age of 22 I became a University Lecturer teaching in BSc in Computer Science and in MBA programs.
I hold a BSc in Computer Science, a MPhil in Electrical Engineering from University of Sao Paulo, a Certificate in Integrated Business Processes from the University of Duisburg-Essen, and a PhD in Computer Science from UCL in a joint program with MIT School of Architecture and Planning and Imperial College Business School.
I have pioneered the concept of DTN-ML via Federated Computations to build the Interplanetary Internet, and I have contributed to the advancement of many other fields of engineering, including: Smart Cities, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Federated Learning and Computations,Emerging Technologies (e.g. Mixed Reality, Internet of Things), Computing Applied to Medicine (Cancer diagnosis – breast and lung), and Operations Research (e.g. Forecasting). I am also an inventor and I’ve recently filed additional 10 patents.
My current industry work is at Google where I work as Head of Data and AI for Google Cloud. I also work alongside Vint Cerf on the Interplanetary Internet Project at Nasa JPL & IPNSIG, and on Sustainable AI through Federated Computations with Google Office of the CTO. My work on the Interplanetary Internet is currently being supervised by NASA engineer Leigh Torgerson.
My continuing academic work is at UCL, Harvard University, University of Quebec and Oxford University. I currently co-supervise a PhD student working on the application of Deep Learning to aid the early diagnosis of Lung Cancer.
I have received numerous awards, grants and recognitions from the HRH Princess Royal, Royal Academy of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McLaren Racing, Intel, Google, Academy for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, Microsoft Research, EPSRC, amongst many others for my contributions to industry and international science.
In 2021 I was elected the Engineer of the Year by the Engineering Talent Awards (Partnership with Royal Academy of Engineering and Sponsored by McLaren Racing). I am also the 2021 Rooke Award winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
I have published several research papers in academic journals, books and conferences, am a frequent Keynote – including a TedX, conference and panel speaker. I have written articles for Huffington Post, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Computer Weekly, Heidelberg Laureate Forum (Laureates of Computer Science and Mathematics), the Mayor of London, amongst others.
I currently serve in the D&I Board of the Royal Academy of Enginering, the Search and Nominations Committee of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the AI Committee and the Awards Nomination Committee of the Grace Hopper Conference, and Ambassador Council Member of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. I am also on the Advisory Board of Workfinder and STEMazing.
Current work, collaboration & volunteering
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