Tableau Software’s Jock Mackinlay Honored with IEEE 2009 Visualization Technical Achievement Award

October 14, 2009

SEATTLE, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ – Tableau Software (http://www.tableausoftware.com), the global leader in data visualization and business intelligence software, announced today that Dr. Jock Mackinlay (http://www.tableausoftware.com/about/leadership#jm), Tableau’s Director of Visual Analysis, was awarded the IEEE 2009 Visualization Technical Achievement Award. Mackinlay’s work was recognized specifically for his seminal technical work on automatic presentation tools and new visual metaphors for information and data visualization. The award was presented by the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC) today at IEEE Visualization 2009 (VisWeek), held in Atlantic City, NJ.

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The IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement Award was established in 2004 to recognize an individual for a seminal technical achievement. Mackinlay is the fifth recipient of this award.

“I am deeply honored to get this award,” said Mackinlay. “I would like to acknowledge everyone who I have worked with over the years. I have been lucky to have worked in very supportive institutions. In many ways, we collectively share this award.”

“Selecting just one person to be honored with the Visualization Technical Achievement Award is always difficult for the Awards Committee because there are many worthy contributors,” said Bill Lorensen, Chair of the IEEE VGTC Awards Committee. “Jock’s work developing automatic presentation tools and creating new metaphors for information visualization impressed the committee deeply. He was a natural choice for this honor.”

Mackinlay’s career started with a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University, where he first pioneered the automatic design of graphical presentations of relational information. He joined Xerox PARC in 1986, where he collaborated with the User Interface Research Group to develop many novel applications of computer graphics for information access, and was one of the people who coined the term “Information Visualization.” Many of the fruits of this research can be seen in his book, “Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think” (Morgan Kauffman, written and edited with Stuart K. Card and Ben Shneiderman). Jock is a co-inventor of numerous software patents related to information and data visualization as well as the author of several papers, including “Show Me: Automatic Presentation for Visual Analysis” (http://www.tableausoftware.com/wp/show-me-automatic-presentation-visual-analysis) co-authored with Stanford Professor, Tableau co-founder and CTO Pat Hanrahan (http://www.tableausoftware.com/about/leadership#ph) and Tableau co-founder and vice president of development, Dr. Chris Stolte (http://www.tableausoftware.com/about/leadership#cs).

“It’s an honor to have Jock not only receive this award but also to have him on the Tableau team,” said Stolte. “Jock is a passionate visionary on a mission to help people more effectively answer questions from data and he has made many major contributions to the community to advance this mission. We congratulate Jock heartily and thank the VGTC committee for honoring him.”

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