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Llewelyn Fernandes is a computer scientist, educator and maker, and is Associate Lecturer on MA Data Visualisation at London College of Communication.
Llewelyn graduated in Computer Science from Brunel University in 1989 and spent 28 years in various industry roles.
His early career was spent developing software for printer manufacturers to service the range of new computer-based colour printing technologies emerging at the time.
His interest in algorithms and machine learning resulted in a move to an R&D role, leading a team building text classification software using AI and machine learning techniques. The work resulted in several patented approaches and a transformation in the scale of the organisation’s operation.
Llewelyn moved into a consultancy role in 2002, helping clients to manage and get value from their growing collections of data. This included engagements with a number of household names including Shell, ITV, Channel 5, Laing O'Rourke, The Princes Trust and Hitachi Consulting.
In 2017 he changed direction with a move into teaching. He teaches adults and older teenagers at various institutions in London, focussing on the “hot” topics in computing: Robotics, AI, Data Science and Data Visualisation. His approach is to use hands-on, creative workshops, which often break away from a pure computer-based operation to help reinforce the mental models required to grasp computer programming.
Llewelyn also runs regular free events for kids to build enthusiasm and confidence in programming. Recognising a dire need for more skilled individuals in this area, his mission is to encourage more young people to enter further education and careers in computing.
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