Dr. Chid Apte is Director of AI & Blockchain Solutions in the IBM Research Division, at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. His department's research agenda covers theory and applications of Data Science and Operations Research. In addition to maintaining a basic research agenda in Mathematical Programming & Optimization, Algorithmic Theory, Applied Mathematics, Operations Management, Statistical Modeling & Forecasting, Machine Learning & Predictive Modeling, and Data Mining Systems, his teams are engaged in several solutions initiatives focused on Business Analytics for Enterprise Transformation, Agriculture, Manufacturing Optimization, and High-Performance (Big Data & HPC) Analytics. Chid has over twenty five years experience as a research scientist and technical leader in the data science industry with significant experience in predictive analytics solutions for insurance, finance, retail, manufacturing, and agriculture. Chid has led several projects to develop analytics extensions for IBM's analytics platform and solutions portfolio, and advanced analytics applicatipns for IBM's clients. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay). He has published extensively in his areas of expertise, and actively involved in organizational aspects of leading data science conferences.