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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Abhishek Balaji

@booleanbalaji Proposing

Sustainable transport measures for liveable Indian cities

Submitted Oct 5, 2018

Mobility is a major concern in many Indian cities, due to inadequate transport infrastructure, increased usage of private vehicles, traffic congestion, pollution and lack of integration between land use and transport planning thus, undermining the cities’ efforts to meet global standards of living.

Recently, liveability has received more importance due to the degrading condition in the quality of life in metropolitan cities. Recently, the Government of India has also formulated 79 indicators in 15 categories in order to measure the liveability standards of 116 Indian cities focusing on four main aspects such as institutional, social, economic and physical that affects the quality of life.


The aim of this work is to propose methodology to develop and evaluate sustainable transport measures that improves the liveability of Indian cities. Bengaluru Metropolitan Region (BMR) which includes Bengaluru urban district, Bengaluru rural district and Ramnagara has been taken as the case study.

The quantitative evaluation of sustainable transport mitigation and adaptation measures aimed to improve the liveability of Bengaluru in terms of; reduced traffic congestion (VKT), reduced exhaust emissions (PM, CO, NOX, HC etc.), reduced greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), reduced carbon emission intensity w.r.t. GDP growth, increased consumer surplus of sustainable modes, and also improved resiliency of transportation system will be discussed in detail. The same was done by comparing the Business as Usual scenario and various sustainable transport scenarios, for the base year and the future years 2030 and 2050.

It is expected that the findings of this paper will provide more scientific and evidence based decision support for framing right kind of sustainable transport planning and policy measures to make Bengaluru more liveable. Also, the basic principles and developed methodology from this study can be applied to other Indian cities as well to develop similar measures aimed at improving their liveability.

Speaker bio

Dr. Ashish Verma is a Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and currently serving as Associate Professor of Transportation Engg. at Dept. of Civil Engg., Centre for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation, and Urban Planning (CiSTUP), and Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems (RBCCPS) at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. Further, he was a Visiting Professor at ITMO University, Saint Petersberg, Russia during 2016.

Before joining IISc, he has served in IIT Guwahati, and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). His research interests are in; sustainable transportation planning, integrated public transport planning and management, modeling and optimization of transportation systems, travel behaviour, driver behaviour and road safety, intelligent transportation system (ITS), traffic management etc. He has authored more than 120 research publications in the area of sustainable transportation and road safety.

He has also authored a book on “Public Transport Planning and Management in Developing Countries” along with Prof. T.V.Ramanayya (Retd. Prof. IIM Bangalore), published by CRC Press and also another book on "Integrated Public Transportation System – Planning and Modelling”, published by VDM Publishing House Ltd. He is Editor of the journal ‘Transport Policy’, Elsevier; Associate Editor of ‘Urban Rail Transit’, Springer; and editorial board member of other leading international journals of Elsevier, Springer, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and other publishers. He is the Founding and Current President of the society Transportation Research Group of India (TRG). He is presently serving as, Vice Chair (Conference) of Scientific Committee, and Steering Committee Member of World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) based in University of Leeds, UK. He is also Co-Chair of Special Interest Group (SIG) H3 and G6 of WCTRS, which are focused on transportation in developing economies and disaster resilience.

He has been recently nominated by the Government of Karnataka as Member of the state level task force on mobility. His recently concluded study CLIMATRANS has provided a clear vision for implementing transport policies for mitigation and adaptation that will make Bangalore city more livable.

More details about him can be seen on his home-page http://civil.iisc.ernet.in/~ashishv/.


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