The Fifth Elephant 2023 Monsoon

On AI, industrial applications of ML, and MLOps



The Fifth Elephant 2023 Monsoon Edition event recap is now up here . The event was attended by 192 participants, of which one-fourth were women. The Fifth Elephant videos are available to watch here

Event highlights:


The 2023 Monsoon edition is curated by:

  1. Nischal HP, Vice President of Data Engineering and Data Science at Scoutbee. Nischal curated the MLOps conference which was held online between 23 and 27 July 2021.
  2. Sumod Mohan, Founder and CEO at AutoInfer. Sumod curated Anthill Inside 2019 edition, held in Bangalore on 23 November.

Tracks and themes

  1. AI and Research - covers research, findings, and solutions for challenges on building models in various areas such as fraud detection, forecasting, and analytics. This track delves into the latest methodologies for handling challenges such as large-scale data processing, distributed computing, and optimizing model performance.
  2. Industrial applications of ML - covers implementation of AI in the industry, with more focus on the AI models, the issues in training, gathering data so, and so forth. ML is being used at scale in industries such as automotive, mechanical, manufacturing, agriculture, and such domains. This track focuses on the challenges in this space, as we see innovation coming out of these industries in the pursuit of using ML on a second-to-second basis.
  3. AI and Product - covers strategies for building AI products to scale and mitigating challenges. This track provides insights on incorporating AI tools and forecasting techniques to improve model training, developing a working model architecture, and using data in the business context.

There are three phases in the lifecycle of an application - research, application and aftermath of the application.

  1. Assess capabilities, determining the new frontiers for AI.
  2. Find a use for the application.
  3. Learn how to run it, monitor it and update it with time.

The three tracks at the 2023 Monsoon edition of The Fifth Elephant will cover this lifecycle.

Members-only conference

The Fifth Elephant 2023 Monsoon edition will be held in-person. Attendance is open to The Fifth Elephant members only. Pick a membership to attend the in-person conference. If you have questions about participation, post a comment here.

Who will benefit from participating in The Fifth Elephant community:

  1. Data/MLOps engineers who want to learn about state-of-the-art tools and techniques, especially from domains such as automobile, agri-tech and mechanical industries.
  2. Data scientists who want a deeper understanding of model deployment/governance.
  3. Architects who are building ML workflows that scale.
  4. Tech founders who are building products that require AI or ML.
  5. Product managers, who want to learn about the process of building AI/ML products.
  6. Directors, VPs and senior tech leadership who are building AI/ML teams.


Sponsorship slots are open for:

  1. Infrastructure (GPU, CPU and cloud providers) and developer productivity tool makers who want to evangelise their offering to developers and decision-makers.
  2. Companies seeking tech branding among AI and ML developers.
  3. Venture Capital (VC) firms and investors who want to scan the landscape of innovations and innovators in AI and who want to source leads for investment in the AI and ML space.

Contact information

Join the @fifthel Telegram group or follow @fifthel on Twitter. For any inquiries, call Hasgeek at +91 7676 33 2020.

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    Adaptive Metric Alignment for Demand Forecasting in Swiggy Instamart

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    Solving for explainability of fraud detection models

    Problem : At the TnS(Trust and Safety) team at Swiggy, building powerful fraud detection models that operate at high precision while still capturing maximum fraud has been the uber goal. Our system currently operates at a high level of complexity through various interventions, modelling techniques, and semi-supervised training methods while maintaining robustness. For the final downstream model, … more

    16 Jun 2023

  • Sai

    Representation and Reasoning on dynamically composed multimodal structures

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    20 Jun 2023

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    Space Models: Optimizing Store Space Allocation at Target

    Problem Statement In the retail industry, Category Managers and Buyers often rely on their experience and instincts when planning the allocation of space in a store. However, these traditional approaches may not be accurate or adaptable to changing market dynamics. Furthermore, numerous factors influencing space planning decisions may go unnoticed by decision makers. more

    30 Jun 2023

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    Evolution of data science roles in the age of low-code tools and LLMs

    Brief : Beyond the analyst,scientist and ML engineer roles, what are the possible evolutions of roles surrounding data science and how we are seeing it develop across different projects in our agritech startup . more

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    Elevating Model Training at DoorDash with Ray

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    30 Jun 2023

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