David Côté is Chief Data Scientist at the Blue Planet® division of Ciena and co-founder of the Blue Planet® Analytics (BPA) program at Ciena. He holds many patents in the field. His group has developed a big data platform and productized several machine learning applications for Ciena’s customers. He also participates in various research projects with Ciena’s Photonics Group and CTO office, as well as university partners. BPA was recognized by various industry innovation awards in 2017-2020. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Université de Montréal in 2007. Prior to joining Ciena, he worked as a particle physicist for 14 years at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (USA) and CERN (Switzerland), notably, where he gained substantial hands-on experience with big data engineering, data science, and world-class research.