Chennai Mathematical Institute


Data Science Seminar
Date: 03/01/2023
Day: Tuesday
Time: 2 pm - 3 pm
Venue: NKN Hall
Reinventing the Supply Chain with Practical AI: Ten Trends and Lessons

Sarang Jagdale and Michael Watson
Lyric, Pune.


We will about how Practical AI (machine learning, deep learning, and optimization) can help companies re-think their supply chains. The talk will cover what is new, what is proven, and what the future may bring. Both the speakers have extensive experience in solving these types of problems in industry.

Short bio: Michael Watson co-founded Opex Analytics, a US-based company that grew to 140 employees (including 50 in India) and had customers like Nike, McDonald's, Nissan, Unilever, and Coca-Cola. The company applied Practical AI to solve supply chain and operational problems. The company was acquired by LLamasoft (the leader in supply chain design software) in 2019 and then by Coupa Software in 2020. Michael has also been an adjunct professor at Northwestern since 1999; has written two books (Supply Chain Network Design and Managerial Analytics); and blogs at His LinkedIn profile is

Sarang Jagdale is a mechanical engineer by training and did his PhD in production and operations management from IIM, Bangalore. He has worked in IBM for more than a decade in various capacities. Later he was in Opex analytics heading their India operations. His LinkedIn profile is