The Fifth Elephant 2017

On data engineering and application of ML in diverse domains

##Theme and format
The Fifth Elephant 2017 is a four-track conference on:

  1. Data engineering – building pipelines and platforms; exposure to latest open source tools for data mining and real-time analytics.
  2. Application of Machine Learning (ML) in diverse domains such as IOT, payments, e-commerce, education, ecology, government, agriculture, computational biology, social network analysis and emerging markets.
  3. Hands-on tutorials on data mining tools, and ML platforms and techniques.
  4. Off-the-record (OTR) sessions on privacy issues concerning data; building data pipelines; failure stories in ML; interesting problems to solve with data science; and other relevant topics.

The Fifth Elephant is a conference for practitioners, by practitioners.

Talk submissions are now closed.

You must submit the following details along with your proposal, or within 10 days of submission:

  1. Draft slides, mind map or a textual description detailing the structure and content of your talk.
  2. Link to a self-record, 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 your use case. Please note that the preview video should be submitted irrespective of whether you have spoken at past editions of The Fifth Elephant.
  3. 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 documents showing the full workshop plan.

##About the conference
This year is the sixth edition of The Fifth Elephant. The conference is a renowned gathering of data scientists, programmers, analysts, researchers, and technologists working in the areas of data mining, analytics, machine learning and deep learning from different domains.

We invite proposals for the following sessions, with a clear focus on the big picture and insights that participants can apply in their work:

  • Full-length, 40-minute talks.
  • Crisp, 15-minute talks.
  • Sponsored sessions, of 15 minutes and 40 minutes duration (limited slots available; subject to editorial scrutiny and approval).
  • Hands-on tutorials and workshop sessions of 3-hour and 6-hour duration where participants follow instructors on their laptops.
  • Off-the-record (OTR) sessions of 60-90 minutes duration.

##Selection Process

  1. Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel.
  2. Proposers, editors and community members must respond to comments as openly as possible so that the selection processs is transparent.
  3. Proposers are also encouraged to vote and comment on other proposals submitted here.

Selection Process Flowchart

We will notify you if we move your proposal to the next round or reject it. A speaker is NOT confirmed for a slot unless we explicitly mention so in an email or over any other medium of communication.

Selected speakers must participate in one or 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.

##Travel grants
Partial or full grants, covering travel and accomodation are made available to speakers delivering full sessions (40 minutes) and workshops. Grants are limited, and are given in the order of preference to students, women, persons of non-binary genders, and speakers from Asia and Africa.

##Commitment to Open Source
We believe in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like for 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), you should consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognise that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support the conference in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a “sponsored session”.

##Important Dates:

  • Deadline for submitting proposals: June 10
  • First draft of the coference schedule: June 20
  • Tutorial and workshop announcements: June 20
  • Final conference schedule: July 5
  • Conference dates: 27-28 July

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

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Talk Less, Chat More

Submitted Jun 2, 2017

Conversational interfaces are the new channels coming up for business. These channels are new for both users and businesses. For a business it’s a new kind of user behaviour they have to understand! This new behaviour generates a completely new kind of data.

This data will provide a completely new information or improve on existing information, a business has about its user. These channels are intimate and personal. This talk will try to give a basic understanding of this new channel from data, analytics and business point of view. To list a few:

  • What new platforms are doing.
  • How’s the technology solving it.
  • How to manage the data which is being generated


Conversational Interfaces ( 10 min )

  • Introduction of the paradigm.
  • Why is it important to understand this, for business and techies both.
  • What are the use cases?
  • New Channel - New kind of data.
  • How to look for information in this data?
  • What problems can this data solve/improve?

**Platforms ( 15 min ) **

  • Facebook Messenger as a platform.
  • Architecture overview.
  • kick start a FB bot in 2 mins.
  • challenges and workarounds.
  • Limitations of current platforms.
  • Future Roadmap of platforms.

How Far is AI ? ( 10 min )

  • Retrieval based models.
  • Generative models ( a demo of pre-trained model )
  • Markov chain based model.
  • How to workout the context in conversation?
  • How good is AI as a service from,,

Where Are We Heading? ( 5 min )

  • How is the future look like optimism or whishful thinking?
  • How are the industries looking at the bot channels?

Speaker bio

Ashutosh is co-founder of PerfectPi, A platform to help brands to create conversations on FB Messenger. Ashutosh is a machine learning and NLP scientist. At PerfectPi he has built the platform from ground up and scaled it to handle millions of users.

There were so many learnings in this journey of building PerfectPi and want to share the experiences/ challenges this field faces from technology, data and business point of view.



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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