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Melanie Tory

Melanie Tory is currently Director of Data Visualization Research at the Roux Institute, Northeastern University. Her research focuses on empowering people to do more with data, through the design and evaluation of novel visualization techniques and human-data interactions. She is particularly exploring visualizations for health, biological, and engineering applications, and the interplay between visualization and AI, in alignment with other priority research areas at the Roux.

In her previous role at Tableau Software, she managed an applied user research team and conducted research in natural language interaction with visualizations, ultimately commercialized as Tableau’s Ask Data feature. Before that, she worked as a faculty member in visualization at the University of Victoria, where she explored topics such as collaborative visualization and personal visual analytics.

Melanie is Associate Editor of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, and Computer Graphics Forum, and has served as Papers Co-chair for the IEEE Information Visualization and ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces conferences.

Departments

Art + Design

Research Focus

  • Visualization
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • visual analytics
  • human-data interaction