Deep Learning Conf 2016

A conference on deep learning.

Deep Learning is a new area of research that is getting us closer in achieving one of the primary objectives of Machine Learning – Artificial Intelligence.
It is used widely in the fields of Image Recognition, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Video Classification.


Deep Learning Conf is a single day conference followed by workshops on the second day. The conference will have full, crisp and lightning talks from morning to evening. The workshops on the next day will introduce participants to neural networks followed by two tracks of three-hour workshops on NLP and Computer Vision / AI. Participants can join either one of the two workshop tracks.

We are looking for talks and workshops from academics and practitioners of Deep Learning on the following topics:

  • Applications of Deep Learning in software.
  • Applications of Deep Learning in hardware.
  • Conceptual talks and cutting edge research on Deep Learning.
  • Building businesses with Deep Learning at the core.

We are inviting proposals for:

  • Full-length 40 minute talks.
  • Crisp 15-minute talks.
  • Lightning talks of 5 mins duration.

Selection process

Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel. Along with your proposal, you must share the following details:

  • Links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. This will help us understand your past speaking experience.
  • Blog posts you may have written related to your proposal.
  • Outline of your proposed talk – either in the form of a mind map or a text document or draft slides.

If your proposal involves speaking about a library / tool / software that you intend to open source in future, the proposal will be considered only when the library / tool / software in question is made open source.

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

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

  • Proposal submission deadline: 31 May 2016
  • Schedule announcement: 15 June 2016
  • Conference dates: 1 July 2016

CMR Institute of Technology, Bangalore

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

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Anand Chandrasekaran


Deep Learning for Computer Vision

Submitted Jun 8, 2016

One of the fields that have benefited the most from the rise of Deep Learning has been Computer Vision. The goal of this workshop is to have participants go from the basics to tackling a problem that might solve a real world problem.


Some of the theory covered will be:

  1. From neurons to networks, a full overview of the nuts and bolts.
  2. Types of networks, from RBMs to CNNs to RNNs.
  3. How they are used in the world of CV. A discussion of what works and what doesn’t.
  4. The fundamentals of training Deep Learning networks.
  5. On existing frameworks and using GPUs.

A relatively large number of potential projects will be available for the workshop, and the participants will have access to AWS ec2 GPU instances for training and testing.
Some Potential workshop projects:

  1. Toy problems exploring the different architectures and relative merits.
  2. Real world classification problems solved with different architectures.
  3. Exploring novel and hybrid architectures (if time permits).


The participants need a laptop with:

  1. Python 2.7
  2. Numpy 1.8+
  3. OpenCV 2.4.9+

For the heavy lifting, AWS instances with all the dependencies and the datasets will be setup for participants to focus on their python scripts, and not worry about installations.
For the intrepid, with their own GPU laptops we can provide instructions for local installations of any framework used, as well as the data sets.

Speaker bio

Dr. Anand Chandrasekaran is a founder and the CTO of Mad Street Den, an AI company specializing in computer vision. In addition to an academic background in the fields of neuroscience and neuromorphic engineering, he has been a member of teams working on DARPA projects in cognition and vision.


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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