Larissa Suzuki

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Larissa (Lara) Suzuki

Larissa Cristina Romualdo

Alma materUniversity College London (PhD)
Known forSmart Cities, AI, Interplanetary Internet, Federated Learning, Neurodiversity
  • Engineer of the Year - UK (2021)
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Award (2021)
  • WES Young Woman Engineer of the Year (2017)
  • Intel Doctoral Student Honour Award (2013–2014)
  • Google Anita Borg Scholarship (2012)
Scientific career
ThesisData as Infrastructure for Smart Cities (2015)
Doctoral advisorAnthony Finkelstein

Larissa Cristina Suzuki FIET FRSA, also known as Lara Suzuki, is a Brazilian-Italian-British computer scientist, chartered engineer, inventor,[1] academic and entrepreneur.[2][3] She is also a pianist and violinist.

Suzuki works at Google leading the Data and AI Practice for the UK (AI/ML, Data Analytics, Data Management) and on the Interplanetary Internet with NASA and 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 in Computer Science, University of Quebec where she is an associate professor in Managemenet Science, and at Oxford University as a guest Lecturer. She also teaches at Harvard University on the HarvardX course on MLOps for TinyML.

Suzuki is neurodivergent and has the diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.[4] Since 2003 she has been working towards increasing the representation of people of all kinds in engineering and technology.

Early life and education[edit]

Suzuki was born in Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo to an engineer father and a professor mother. At the age of 15 she went to the Universidade de Ribeirao Preto to pursue a career in music. After one year of studies she dropped from the course and went on pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Suzuki was honoured by the Brazilian Computer Society as the best student of her class.[5] Suzuki started a MPhil degree in Electrical Engineering at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in the city of Sao Carlos. Her MPhil thesis 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%.[6] 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 [7] supervised by Anthony Finkelstein.


Suzuki is 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 and NASA, JAXA and ESA engineers. She was part of the team who made the historical feat connecting clouds with Delay-tolerant networking.[8] Her continuing academic work is at UCL where she serves as an Honorary Associate Professor in Computer Science. She was previously a Director of Product Management at Oracle, and held appointments at Arup Group, City Hall, London, IBM.[citation needed]

Suzuki's PhD thesis pioneered Data Infrastructures for Smart Cities, and she created the City Data Market Strategy of the Mayor of London,[9] and her work was used to design Urban Platforms for over 40 European cities.[10]

In 2012 Suzuki founded the UCL Society of Women Engineers and co-founded the Anita Borg Institute London Branch. She chairs the Tech London Advocates group on Smart Cities, and is a reviewer of grant/awards of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and is a judge of the Association for Computing Machinery Global Student Research Competition. She also serves as a Council Member of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Ambassadors[11] and Member of the Search and Nominations Committee of the QEPrize for Engineering.

Honours and awards[edit]

Suzuki is an EUR ING, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Society of Arts.[citation needed] In 2021, she received the Engineer of the Year Award from "Engineering Talent Awards", in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering and sponsored by McLaren Racing.[12] She also received the "Rooke Award 2021" from the Royal Academy of Engineering for her work promoting engineering, and for developing the Interplanetary Internet and smart cities.[13] In the same year she also received the Inspiring Fifty award [14] and was featured in the Financial Times. 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 Scholarship (now known as Women Techmakers Scholarship).[15] Other notable awards include Winner of Twenty in Data 2020, 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) and the 2013 Architecture and Engineering Prize of the British Federation of Women Graduates. A complete list of Dr Suzuki's award is available in her website.[16]


  1. ^ "US20160065554A1 Patent".
  2. ^ "Dr Larissa Suzuki official webpage".
  3. ^ "Dr Larissa Google Scholar Page".
  4. ^ "AUsome in Tech".
  5. ^ "Aluno Destaque 2007 (Portuguese)".
  6. ^ Romualdo, Larissa C. S.; Vieira, Marcelo A. C.; Schiabel, Homero; Mascarenhas, Nelson D. A.; Borges, Lucas R. (2013). "Mammographic Image Denoising and Enhancement Using the Anscombe Transformation, Adaptive Wiener Filtering, and the Modulation Transfer Function". Journal of Digital Imaging. 26 (2): 183–197. doi:10.1007/s10278-012-9507-1. PMC 3597965. PMID 22806627.
  7. ^ Dr Larissa Suzuki PhD Thesis (Doctoral). 28 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Historical feat connecting clouds with DTN".
  9. ^ "Data for London: A city data strategy".
  10. ^ "EIP Urban Platform Requirements" (PDF).
  11. ^ "Dr Larissa Suzuki official webpage".
  12. ^ "Engineering Talent Awards".
  13. ^ "Interplanetary Internet Developer and Tech Entrepreneur receives the Rooke Award".
  14. ^ "Inspiring Fifty 2021".
  15. ^ "CS Research Student wins Google Scholarship".
  16. ^ "Dr Larissa Suzuki Achievements webpage". 8 March 2021.

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