Dr. Chid Apte is currently serving as Chair of the IBM Research Mathematical Sciences Council, and is based 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 and applied math areas, and has done significant work in predictive analytics solutions for insurance, retail, and agriculture. Chid has also led several projects to develop capabilities for IBM's analytics platform and solutions portfolio, and advanced analytics applications 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.