Portrait of Roland Fernandez

Roland Fernandez

Senior Researcher


Roland works as a researcher and AI School director in the Deep Learning Technology Center.  His interests include reinforcement learning, lifelong learning, symbolic representation, AI education, and visualization.

Before coming to the DLTC, Roland worked in the VIBE group of Microsoft Research on Information Visualization and Human-Computer Interaction projects, most notably the SandDance project.  Previously, Roland worked  in the areas of Natural User Interfaces, Programmer Tools, Operating Systems, and Databases.


Microsoft Research Data Visualization Apps for Office

Established: February 6, 2013

This project has now been concluded, and the apps have been deprecated. Thank you for your feedback! At Microsoft Research, we want to let users play with new types of visualizations. We’re doing it with Apps for Office, a new feature for Office 2013 and Office 365. These let users easily add new functionality to Office. You can see some of how the system worked in this handy guide. This is a Research Deployment We have released…


Established: November 10, 2011

Visually explore, understand, and present data SandDance is a web-based application that enables you to more easily explore, identify, and communicate insights about data. SandDance provides ease of use for data visualizations, pattern identification, trends, and insights. It provides better decision-making capabilities through its dynamic and customizable interface, allowing views of both aggregate and individual data. The app also supports and encourages collaboration, allowing multiple people to work with the same dataset. Furthermore,…