Dirk Brand is a Cloud Architect at Praelexis. Dirk got his masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Stellenbosch, where he focused his studies specifically on natural language processing and machine learning. He has attended various conferences and workshops on the topic and is passionate about teaching the nuances of language to machines. Praelexis is Dirk’s first move in the working world, but so far he has taken the opportunity to learn as much as possible, to sharpen his knowledge of cloud architectures and product development practices. He is passionate about taking the machine learning solutions the team develops and turning it into world-scale applications that serve real solutions to real problems. Dirk is married to beautiful wife Cara and they enjoy discovering the lesser-known wine farms of the Stellenbosch region and, in so doing, expanding their wine collection. He also enjoys being the cook in the house and experimenting with interesting dishes, much to the delight of his wife. He is also an avid runner and likes to challenge himself to complete marathons across the country and ultimately, the world!