Logistics conference

Logistics conference

First edition: covering fleet management and mobility

##About Logistics conference:

Logistics is evolving as a domain that requires understanding of:

  1. The landscape (literally), and interesting problems to solve -- be they supply-chain management, warehousing, transportation, delivery of goods and services or fleet management.
  2. Complexities in current technology and processes for collecting, managing and updating geo-spatial data.
  3. Areas of collaboration and cooperation between industry, startups and government -- including municipalities, urban planning and infrastructure.

The first edition of Logistics conference will cover fleet management and shared mobility.

##Dates and venue:

The Fifth Elephant presents the first edition of logistics conference on 24 November, at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore.

#Topics for the conference:
We are inviting talks on the following topics:

  1. Product development for fleet management.
  2. Operational challenges with respect to fleet management.
  3. Solutions for on demand availability of vehicles to participate in a ridesharing networks.
  4. Data science for fleet management.
  5. Engineering for fleet management
  6. “Shared mobility” -- how various players in the mobility space, including cab aggregators, car pooling, metros, buses, shuttles, etc can come together to complement each other rather than compete.
  7. Thinking through and solving challenges with sparsity of data for spatio-temporal granularity
  8. India-specific challenges in traffic management and congestion.
  9. India-specific challenges with respect to address standardisation.
  10. AI-based solutions in transportation space.

##Target audience:

  1. Product managers
  2. Division and business heads
  3. Data scientists
  4. Senior engineers
  5. Technical leads
  6. VPs of engineering
  7. Representatives from municipalities, urban planning and transportation departments
  8. Geo-spatial data experts
  9. CEOs and founders of startups working in the space of logistics, fleet management, e-commerce and retail, and mobility
  10. Technology heads and VPs of companies operating in logistics space

Logistics conference is a single-day, single-track event with talks, panel discussions and Birds of Feather (BOF) sessions. We are accepting proposals for the following formats:

  1. Full talks of 30 minutes.
  2. Crisp talks of 15 minutes.
  3. BOF sessions on focussed topics / questions. A BOF session is 60-90 minutes long, and typically has up to two-four facilitators.

##Selection criteria:

The criteria for selecting proposals, in the order of importance, are:

  1. Key insight or takeaway: what can you share with participants that will help them in understanding the domain better.
  2. Structure of the talk and flow of content: a detailed outline – either as mindmap or draft slides or textual description – will help us understand the focus of the talk, and the clarity of your thought process.
  3. 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:

  1. Submit your proposal early so that we have more time to iterate if the proposal has potential.
  2. Write to us on fifthelephant.editorial@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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Focus on what participants from other domains can learn/abstract from your journey / solution.
  4. 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.
  5. 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: fifthelephant.editorial@hasgeek.com
  6. 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 for speakers:
Confirmed speakers receive a pass to the conference. We do not provide free passes for speakers’ colleagues and spouses. Please do not ask us for these.

##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.
Logistics conference is funded through ticket purchases and sponsorships; travel grant budgets vary.

##Last date for submitting proposals is: 20 September 2018
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-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 HasGeek conferences in the past.

##Contact details:
For more information about the conference, sponsorships, or any other information contact info@hasgeek.com or call 7676332020.

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Rahul Jain


Sales fleet transformation and optimisation

Submitted Sep 20, 2018

Sales fleet permanent journey planning is a standard practice for industries that utilise a push sales model. The decision making process involves assignment of a set of outlets/stores to salesman to visit on a particular day. The job of the salesman is to cover all outlets in the designated time, and maximise sales. Although, sales fleet management has seen a number of automation solutions, almost no solutions are available for optimal assignment of salesman to outlet to day such that total costs are minimised and revenues are maximised.

The talk is on use of mathematical programming, heuristic optimisation and their integration with machine learning models to create optimal journey plans for some leading FMCG companies in India and South-east Asia. It also talks about numerous real world challenges around deploying the plans on ground, and the need for a deep understanding of the ‘human element’, while designing optimisation solutions for the real world. The talk will also briefly explain the future trend of the push sales model in FMCG, and its possible transformation into a multi-channel model.


The talk is structured in four major parts. The first part will talk about - what goes in organising salesfleet movement?. It will also give some qualitative insight into problems of the stakeholders. The second section will talk about quantitative insight of the problem. In the third section, we formally describe the problem, talk about the solution approach and show real world examples of implementations. In the final section, we talk about future trends.

  1. What is a sales beat?

  2. Why a sales beat?

  3. Stakeholder point of views - Salesman, Shopkeeper and Sales Managers

  4. Bird eye view into the problem

  5. Real world visualisations of the problem

  6. Formal problem statement

  7. Complexity and scale of problem

  8. Solution approach

  9. Real world visualisations of the solution

  10. Changes and implementation challenges

  11. Way forward

  12. Summary and conclusion

Speaker bio

Rahul is a graduate from UC Berkeley and has experience across diverse fields ranging from Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research to User Centered Design and Product Development. He has expertise in mathematical modelling techniques like mixed integer programming, heuristics, metaheuristics and stochastic programming. In the past two years, he has focussed on developing novel optimisation algorithms for routing, network optimisation and inventory problems at Locus.sh. He also has expertise in building machine learning models and integrating them with classical optimisation techniques.

Shashank works in the logistics, solving problems in transportation, inventory and strategic design by leveraging data. In his 2 years at Locus and Caterpillar he has built Prescriptive Analytics tools across industries applying combinatorial optimization techniques. He graduated from IIT Bombay and enjoys cycling.




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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