The Fifth Elephant 2016

India's most renowned data science conference

The Fifth Elephant is India’s most renowned data science conference. It is a space for discussing some of the most cutting edge developments in the fields of machine learning, data science and technology that powers data collection and analysis.

Machine Learning, Distributed and Parallel Computing, and High-performance Computing continue to be the themes for this year’s edition of Fifth Elephant.

We are now accepting submissions for our next edition which will take place in Bangalore 28-29 July 2016.


We are looking for application level and tool-centric talks and tutorials on the following topics:

  1. Deep Learning
  2. Text Mining
  3. Computer Vision
  4. Social Network Analysis
  5. Large-scale Machine Learning (ML)
  6. Internet of Things (IoT)
  7. Computational Biology
  8. ML in healthcare
  9. ML in education
  10. ML in energy and ecology
  11. ML in agriculrure
  12. Analytics for emerging markets
  13. ML in e-governance
  14. ML in smart cities
  15. ML in defense

The deadline for submitting proposals is 30th April 2016


This year’s edition spans two days of hands-on workshops and conference. We are inviting proposals for:

  • Full-length 40 minute talks.
  • Crisp 15-minute talks.
  • Sponsored sessions, 15 minute duration (limited slots available; subject to editorial scrutiny and approval).
  • Hands-on Workshop sessions, 3 and 6 hour duration.

Selection process

Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel. We urge you to add links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. This will help us understand your past speaking experience. Blurbs or blog posts covering the relevance of a particular problem statement and how it is tackled will help the Editorial Panel better judge your proposals.

We expect you to submit an outline of your proposed talk – either in the form of a mind map or a text document or draft slides within two weeks of submitting your proposal.

We will notify you about the status of your proposal within three weeks of submission.

Selected speakers must participate in one-two rounds of rehearsals before the conference. This is mandatory and helps you to prepare well for the conference.

There is only one speaker per session. Entry is free for selected speakers. As our budget is limited, we will prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. HasGeek will provide a grant to cover part of your travel and accommodation in Bangalore. Grants are limited and made available to speakers delivering full sessions (40 minutes or longer).

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source licence. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licences (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognise that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a sponsored session.

Key dates and deadlines

  • Revised paper submission deadline: 17 June 2016
  • Confirmed talks announcement (in batches): 13 June 2016
  • Schedule announcement: 30 June 2016
  • Conference dates: 28-29 July 2016

The Fifth Elephant will be held at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, Dairy Circle, Bangalore.

For more information about speaking proposals, tickets and sponsorships, contact or call +91-7676332020.

Hosted by

The Fifth Elephant - known as one of the best data science and Machine Learning conference in Asia - has transitioned into a year-round forum for conversations about data and ML engineering; data science in production; data security and privacy practices. more

Balaji Vasan


Meet the needs of content marketing with the power of NLP

Submitted Jul 13, 2016

Content Marketing is one of the recent buzz in the space of digital marketing. Content Marketing broadly refers to focusing on providing quality and useful content to customers for engaging and attracting customers towards a brand. With the proliferation of channels where these content can potentially be delivered, there is an increasing demand from content writers to provide content that can be adapted to the needs of each of these channels. Further, the speed at which the content needs to be generated poses a unique challenge and calls for ways to aid in creating and adapting these content quickly for different channels. In this talk, I will walk through some of the recent advances in Natural Language Processing to aid in effective content authoring to meet the needs of a content writer.


I will start the talk by walking through what is Content Marketing and its needs. I will layout the different stages of content marketing. I will also outline some key challenges in Content Marketing. I will then talk about a few techniques that can aid in Content Optimization. Here I will cover out-of-the-box techniques that can be explored for quick content optimization such as summarizing a text as well as some advanced work in the direction extending the topics around a content. I will also talk about some recent works in the space of automatic content personalization for specific demographies.

Speaker bio

Balaji Vasan Srinivasan is a Computer Scientist at the Adobe Research Big data Experience Labs, Bangalore, India. His research interests span the areas of data mining, natural language processing, machine learning, social data analytics and high performance computing. He finished his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Maryland in September 2011, his thesis was on Scalable Learning Methods for Speaker Recognition and Geostatistics. Prior to that, he completed his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland in 2008 and B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Anna University (India) in 2006. His research experience also includes stints at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (May – Aug 2007) and Xerox Research Center, Webster, NY (May – Aug 2011).


{{ gettext('Login to leave a comment') }}

{{ gettext('Post a comment…') }}
{{ gettext('New comment') }}
{{ formTitle }}

{{ errorMsg }}

{{ gettext('No comments posted yet') }}

Hosted by

The Fifth Elephant - known as one of the best data science and Machine Learning conference in Asia - has transitioned into a year-round forum for conversations about data and ML engineering; data science in production; data security and privacy practices. more