Larissa Suzuki

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Larissa Suzuki
Larissa Cristina Romualdo

Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Alma materUniversity College London (PhD)
Known for
  • Smart Cities
  • AI
  • Interplanetary Internet
  • Neurodiversity
  • WES Young Woman Engineer of the Year (2017)
  • Intel Doctoral Student Honour Award (2013-2014)
  • Google Anita Borg Scholarship (2012)
Scientific career
  • Smart Cities
  • Interplanetary Internet
  • Women in STEM fields
  • University College London
  • Google
  • Imperial College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ThesisData as Infrastructure for Smart Cities (2015)
Doctoral advisorAnthony Finkelstein

Dr Larissa Cristina Suzuki is a British-Brazilian-Italian computer scientist, chartered engineer, author, inventor[1], academic and entrepreneur.[2][3] Suzuki is neurodivergent[4], a pianist and violinist. She is a TEDx speaker, and holds the titles of EUR ING, BSc, MPhil, PhD, CEng, FIET, FRSA, AFHEA, MCBS, IntPE. Suzuki works at Google as Head of Data Practice (AI/ML, Data Analytics, Data Management) and on the Interplanetary Internet on Google Cloud under the supervision of Vint Cerf. Her continuing academic work is at University College London where she serves as a Honorary Associate Professor. Since 2006 she has been working towards increasing the representation of people of all kinds in engineering and technology. She was previously a Director of Product Management at Oracle, and held appointments at Arup, City Hall, London, IBM, among others. Suzuki's PhD thesis pioneered Data Infrastructures for Smart Cities, and she created the City Data Market Strategy of the Mayor of London [5], and her work was used to design Urban Platforms for over 40 European cities [6].

Early life and education

Suzuki was born in Ribeirao Preto, state of Sao Paulo. At the age of 15 she went to the Universidade de Ribeirao Preto to pursue a career in Music. When she completed 17 years old she switched her studies to Computer Science at the Centro Universitario Barao de Maua. Suzuki was honoured by the Brazilian Computer Society as the best student of her class [7] and she was the Valedictorian Student. Upon completion of her Bachelor in Computer Science, Larissa started a MPhil degree in Electrical Engineering at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in the city of Sao Carlos. Her MPhil thesis (2 years degree) created new technologies for early detection of breast cancer in women of all ages, and have paved the way to reduce radiation exposure in cancer patients by 20% - 30%.[8] In 2015, Suzuki earned a PhD in Computer Science from University College London in a joint program with Imperial College Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her research on smart cities [9] supervised by Professor Anthony Finkelstein.

Suzuki's career spans over +16 years working in engineering, including smart cities, IoT, delay-tolerant networking, machine learning, and medical imaging. She is currently based at Google working as Head of Data Practice (AI/Machine Learning, Smart Analytics and Data Management). She is also a Google AI Principles Ethics Fellow, and works on the Interplanetary Internet on Google Cloud with Vint Cerf. She was part of the team who made the historical feat connecting clouds with Delay-tolerant networking [10]. Her continuing academic work is at UCL where she serves as an Honorary Associate Professor in Computer Science.

In 2012 Suzuki founded the UCL Society of Women Engineers, bringing the joy of engineering for women of all ages and stages of their studies. Larissa chairs the Tech London Advocates group on Smart Cities, and is a reviewer of grant/awards of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IET, and is a judge of the ACM Global Student Research Competition. She also serves as a Council Member of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Ambassadors[11].

Honours and awards

Suzuki is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Society of Arts. She holds the Freedom of the City of London and is a Freeman at the Worshipful Company of Engineers. In 2012 she was awarded the Google Anita Borg Scholarhip (now known as Women Techmakers Scholarship) [12]. Other notable awards include Winner of the WES Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2017 (Women's Engineering Society), Recipient of the Romberg Grant (Heidelberg Laureate Foundation), 100 Next Generation of Women Leaders (McKinsey), Doctoral Student Honour Fellowship 2013-2014 (Intel) [13].


  1. "US20160065554A1 Patent".
  2. "Dr Larissa Suzuki official webpage".
  3. "Dr Larissa Google Scholar Page".
  4. "AUsome in Tech".
  5. "Data for London: A city data strategy".
  6. "EIP Urban Platform Requirements" (PDF).
  7. "Aluno Destaque 2007 (Portuguese)".
  8. "Mammographic Image Denoising and Enhancement Using the Anscombe Transformation, Adaptive Wiener Filtering, and the Modulation Transfer Function".
  9. "Dr Larissa Suzuki PhD Thesis".
  10. "Historical feat connecting clouds with DTN".
  11. "Dr Larissa Suzuki official webpage".
  12. "CS Research Student wins Google Scholarship".
  13. "Dr Larissa Suzuki Achievements webpage".

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