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February 28, 2022

Vidya Setlur, Tableau | WiDS 2022

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Vidya Setlur, Director of Tableau Research, sits down with SiliconANGLE’s Lisa Martin.
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Head Of Research, Tableau,

My area of expertise is in natural language processing and computer graphics. I love pushing the boundaries of product innovation through a principled fashion, drawing from both research and engineering. I graduated from Northwestern University in 2005 with a Ph.D. in computer science.

Since joining Tableau Research in 2012, I have worked on various projects and prototypes involving semantics and visual representation. I have also been deeply interested in exploring analytical conversation using natural language interaction via a system I developed called Eviza. Subsequently, as part of productizing Tableau’s natural language feature, Ask Data, I moved to engineering and was a manager on the Natural Language Team at Tableau Software. There I focused primarily on developing the theory and engineering of user intent in conversational interaction.

I currently head the Tableau Research team, a group of multidisciplinary research scientists where we work on various research and innovation initiatives to help our customers see and understand their data.