Melanie Tory

Senior Manager, User Research

Melanie in a hat in the field


Melanie Tory manages a user research team at Tableau. One of Melanie's key projects at Tableau explores natural language interaction with visualizations; her foundational research in this area contributed to the design of AskData. Before joining Tableau, Melanie was an Associate Professor in visualization at the University of Victoria. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University and her BSc from the University of British Columbia. Melanie is an active member of the visualization research community. She is Associate Editor of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications and has served as Papers Co-chair for the IEEE Information Visualization and ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces conferences.

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  • User Research
  • Interaction
  • Visual Analytics
  • Collaboration