Director of Data Visualization Research
Melanie Tory is professor of the practice and director of data visualization research at the Roux Institute. Tory leads the Data Visualization research program in collaboration with colleagues and institute partners, and works with the analytics program on curriculum development and as a guest lecturer.
She has more than 15 years of both academic and industrial research experience, and joins the institute from Tableau Software, an interactive data visualization software company that was recently acquired by Salesforce for over $15B. Tory served as a Computer Science faculty member at the University of Victoria and holds a PhD in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University. She is the Associate Editor of several visualization journals and serves on the steering committee of the IEEE VIS Conference.
Tory lives in Portland’s East End with her husband, teenage daughter, and Lizzie the Labrador. An outdoors enthusiast, she is looking forward to exploring Maine’s many parks, trails, and islands.