Leland Wilkinson

VP, Statistics

Leland Wilkinson standing in a blazer


Leland Wilkinson was a statistician and computer scientist at Tableau Software from 2014 to 2016. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Chicago. Leland received an A.B. from Harvard University, an S.T.B. degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Yale. He served on the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He was vice-chair of the board of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and a member of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics at the National Academy of Sciences. Leland's work included books, journal articles, the original SYSTAT statistics package, numerous open-source software packages, and patents in visualization and distributed computing. His research focused on scientific visualization and statistical graphics. He later moved on to be the Chief Scientist at H2O.ai, working on machine learning algorithms and visualization methods for big data until his passing on December 10, 2021.

Areas of interest

  • Scientific Visualization
  • Statistical Graphics
  • Predictive Analysis
  • Data Mining