Vidya Setlur is a staff research scientist, and works out of the Palo Alto office. She earned her doctorate in Computer Graphics in 2005 at Northwestern University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of natural language processing and computer graphics.
Since joining Tableau Research in 2012, Vidya has worked on various projects involving semantics and visual representation such as semantic icon encoding and analytical conversation. As part of productizing Tableau's natural language feature, Ask Data, she was a manager on the Natural Language Team at Tableau Software. After the first release of the feature, she has moved back to research to explore longer term natural language initiatives at Tableau.