Jock Mackinlay is Tableau Software's director of Visual Analysis. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he pioneered the automatic design of graphical presentations of relational information.
Jock 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, coining the term "information Visualization." Much 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 joined Tableau Software in 2004. In 2009, Jock received the Visualization Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee for his seminal technical work on automatic presentation tools and new visual metaphors for information visualization.