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. Chid has extensive experience over many decades as a research scientist and technical leader in the data science industry with significant work 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 applications for IBM's clients. He is currently responsible for driving an Industries Research agenda that spans Blockchain, Data Science, and Operations Research. His teams are engaged in a client-driven research agenda to deliver innovative solutions focused on leveraging Blockchain Technologies and High-Performance (Big Data & HPC) AI techniques for solutions in diverse industries such as Retail, Consumer Products, Travel&Transportation, Oil&Gas, and Agriculture. 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.