About the conference and topics for submitting talks:
In 2016, The Fifth Elephant branched into a separate conference on Deep Learning. The Deep Learning Conference has grown in to a large community under the brand Anthill Inside.
Anthill Inside features talks, panels and Off The Record (OTR) sessions on current research, technologies and developments around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning. Submit proposals for talks and workshops on the following topics:
- Theoretical concepts in Deep Learning, AI and Machine Learning – and how these have been applied in real life situations / specific domains. In 2017, we covered GANS, Reinforcement Learning and Transfer Learning. We seek speakers from academia who can communicate these concepts to an audience of practitioners.
- Latest tools, frameworks, libraries – either as short talks demonstrating these, or as full talks explaining why you chose the technology, including comparisons made and metrics used in evaluating the choice.
- Application of Computer Vision, NLP, speech recognition, video analytics and voice-to-speech in a specific domain or for building product. We are also interested in talks on application of Deep Learning to hardware and software problems / domains such as GPUs, self-driving cars, etc.
- Case studies of AI / Deep Learning and product: the journey of arriving at the product, not an elaboration of the product itself. We’d also like to understand why you chose AI, Deep Learning or Machine Learning for your use case.
Perks for submitting proposals:
Submitting a proposal, especially with our process, is hard work. We appreciate your effort.
We offer one conference ticket at discounted price to each proposer, and a t-shirt.
We only accept one speaker per talk. This is non-negotiable. Workshops may have more than one instructor. In case of proposals where more than one person has been mentioned as collaborator, we offer the discounted ticket and t-shirt only to the person with who the editorial team corresponded directly during the evaluation process.
We invite beginner and advanced participants from:
- Industry and
to participate in Anthill Inside. At the 2018 edition, tracks will be curated separately for beginner and advanced audiences.
Developer evangelists from organizations which want developers to use their APIs and technologies for deep learning and AI should participate, speak and/or sponsor Anthill Inside.
Anthill Inside is a two-day conference with two tracks on each day. Track details will be announced with a draft schedule in February 2018.
We are accepting sessions with the following formats:
- Crisp (20 min) and full (40 min) talks.
- OTR sessions on focussed topics / questions. An OTR is 1 to 1.5 hours long and typically has four facilitators including or excluding one moderator.
- Workshops and tutorials of 3-6 hours duration on Machine Learning concepts and tools, full stack data engineering, and data science concepts and tools.
4. Birds Of Feather (BOF) sessions, talks and workshops for open houses and pre-events in Bangalore and other cities between October 2017 and June 2018. We have events open round the year. Reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org should you be interested in speaking and/or hosting a community event between now and the conference in July 2018.
The first filter for a proposal is whether the technology or solution you are referring to is open source or not. The following criteria apply for closed source talks:
- If the technology or solution is proprietary, and you want to speak about your propritary solution to make a pitch to the audience, you should pick up sponsored session. This involves paying for the speaking slot. Write to email@example.com
- If the technology or solution is in the process of being open sourced, we will consider the talk only if the solution is open sourced at least three months before the conference.
- If your solution is closed source, you should consider proposing a talk explaining why you built it in the first place; what options did you consider (business-wise and technology-wise) before making the decision to develop the solution; or, what is your specific use case that left you without existing options and necessitated creating the in-house solution.
The criteria for selecting proposals, in the order of importance, are:
- Key insight or takeaway: what can you share with participants that will help them in their work and in thinking about the ML, big data and data science problem space?
- Structure of the talk and flow of content: a detailed outline – either as mindmap or draft slides or textual decription – will help us understand the focus of the talk, and the clarity of your thought process.
- Ability to communicate succinctly, and how you engage with the audience. You must submit link to a two-minute preview video explaining what your talk is about, and what is the key takeaway for the audience.
No one submits the perfect proposal in the first instance. We therefore encourage you to:
- Submit your proposal early so that we have more time to iterate if the proposal has potential.
- Talk to us on our community Slack channel: https://friends.hasgeek.com if you want to discuss an idea for your proposal, and need help / advice on how to structure it.
Our editorial team helps potential speakers in honing their speaking skills, fine tuning and rehearsing content at least twice - before the main conference - and sharpening the focus of talks.
How to submit a proposal (and increase your chances of getting selected):
The following guidelines will help you in submitting a proposal:
- Focus on why, not how. Explain to participants why you made a business or engineering decision, or why you chose a particular approach to solving your problem.
- The journey is more important than the solution you may want to explain. We are interested in the journey, not the outcome alone. Share as much detail as possible about how you solved the problem. Glossing over details does not help participants grasp real insights.
- Focus on what participants from other domains can learn/abstract from your journey / solution. Refer to these talks, from some of HasGeek’s other conferences, which participants liked most: http://hsgk.in/2uvYKI9 http://hsgk.in/2ufhbWb http://hsgk.in/2vFVVJv http://hsgk.in/2vEF60T
- We do not accept how-to talks unless they demonstrate latest technology. If you are demonstrating new tech, show enough to motivate participants to explore the technology later. Refer to talks such as this: http://hsgk.in/2vDpag4 http://hsgk.in/2varOqt http://hsgk.in/2wyseXd to structure your proposal.
- Similarly, we don’t accept talks on topics that have already been covered in the previous editions. If you are unsure about whether your proposal falls in this category, drop an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Content that can be read off the internet does not interest us. Our participants are keen to listen to use cases and experience stories that will help them in their practice.
To summarize, we do not accept talks that gloss over details or try to deliver high-level knowledge without covering depth. Talks have to be backed with real insights and experiences for the content to be useful to participants.
Passes and honorarium for speakers:
We pay an honararium of Rs. 3,000 to each speaker and workshop instructor at the end of their talk/workshop. Confirmed speakers and instructors also get a pass to the conference and networking dinner. We do not provide free passes for speakers’ colleagues and spouses.
Travel grants for outstation speakers:
Travel grants are available for international and domestic speakers. We evaluate each case on its merits, giving preference to women, people of non-binary gender, and Africans. If you require a grant, request it when you submit your proposal in the field where you add your location. Anthill Inside is funded through ticket purchases and sponsorships; travel grant budgets vary.
Last date for submitting proposals is: 15 April 2018.
You must submit the following details along with your proposal, or within 10 days of submission:
- Draft slides, mind map or a textual description detailing the structure and content of your talk.
- Link to a self-recorded, two-minute preview video, where you explain what your talk is about, and the key takeaways for participants. This preview video helps conference editors understand the lucidity of your thoughts and how invested you are in presenting insights beyond the solution you have built, or your use case. Please note that the preview video should be submitted irrespective of whether you have spoken at previous editions of Anthill Inside.
- If you submit a workshop proposal, you must specify the target audience for your workshop; duration; number of participants you can accommodate; pre-requisites for the workshop; link to GitHub repositories and a document showing the full workshop plan.
Going beyond what and asking why: Explainability in Machine/Deep Learning
As machine learning methods get increasingly absorbed in technologies ranging from high-end aerospace systems to low-end consumer technologies, there is a gradual, however steady, increase in the demand for explaining the decisions made by machine learning algorithms. DARPA launched a large initiative in 2016 to further the progress of explainable AI methods, underscoring the need for a concerted effort in this domain. This talk will present an introductory overview of the efforts in machine learning so far in this direction, as well as present our recent work in this domain. One of our recent efforts, Grad-CAM++, presented at WACV 2018, provides a methodology to understand what a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) looks at in the image, while making a particular class prediction. In particular, it showed superior performance to other competing methods when multiple objects are present in the scene, and also helps provide more holistic visual explanations (https://arxiv.org/abs/1710.11063). This talk will also present another of our recent efforts to explain the decisions of a Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) for time series analysis using foundations of causality.
- Motivation: Need for explainability in machine learning
- Where do machine learning algorithms stand today in their explainability? A Review
- Overview of efforts towards explainability in machine learning (focus on deep learning)
- Our work on Grad-CAM++: Towards generalized visual explanations in CNNs
- Our work on using causality for explanations in RNNs for time series analysis
Vineeth N Balasubramanian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. His research interests include deep learning, machine learning, computer vision, non-convex optimization and real-world applications in these areas. He has around 60 research publications in premier peer-reviewed venues including CVPR, ICCV, KDD, ICDM, IEEE TPAMI and ACM MM, 5 patents under review, and an edited book on a recent development in machine learning called Conformal Prediction. His PhD dissertation at Arizona State University (completed in 2010) on the Conformal Predictions framework was nominated for the Outstanding PhD Dissertation at the Department of Computer Science. He was also awarded the Gold Medals for Academic Excellence in the Bachelors program in Math in 1999, and for his Masters program in Computer Science in 2003. He is an active reviewer/contributor at many conferences such as ICCV, IJCAI, ACM MM and ACCV, as well as journals including IEEE TNNLS, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition. He is a member of the IEEE, ACM and currently serves as the Secretary of the AAAI India Chapter.