Hosted by Aegis School of Data Science recently, Aegis Data Science Congress (DSC) 2017 was a one of its kind three-day conference on Big Data and Analytics. Minister of State for Science & Technology, Shri. Y. S. Chowdary who was the Chief Guest inaugurated the event. The conference had as its theme, the confluence of the domains of Analytics, Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Cognitive Computing. The goal of the DSC was to provide a platform for showcasing the Indian perspective on data science, analytics and big data to a global audience. The conference focused across industries like -Telecom, Retail, Banking, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, E-commerce, Health care, IT & SW, Insurance, Consulting, Education, Sports, Media, Government etc.
The event which was held till June 8, 2017 observed the presence of various luminaries in the field of Data Science from Government and Corporate Sectors. The Key Note Speech was delivered Dr. Usama Fayyad, First Chief Data Officer ever titled. Industry leaders, researchers, top academicians from around the world joined this conference. More than 1500 delegates participated in the event. Some of the dignitaries amongst many others included Dr. K. R. Murali Mohan, Head Big Data Initiative, Department of Science & Technology, Govt. Of India and Dr. Avik Sarkar, Head – Data Analytics Cell at NITI Aayog, Govt. Of India, etc. Over 70 speakers delivered key talks and panel discussions. Data Scientists and experts from several organizations like NITI Aayog, National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Department of Science & Technology, Amazon, AIG, IBM Research, IBM, Walmart, Makemytrip, NVIDIA, Cisco, Tableau, PwC, SAP, Edelweiss, Fractal Analytics, American Express, Airtel, Reliance JIO, Gramener, SBI, RBI, Myntra, etc. took part in various activities during the event.
Hon. Y. S. Chowdary, Minister of State for Science & Technology, spoke about the recent initiatives by the Govt. of India in the field of Data Science. “Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India has recently launched a new program called Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (ICPS) to foster, and promote R&D in the emerging field of research. Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) is a mechanism controlled or monitored by computer-based algorithms, tightly integrated with internet and its users. Through this program, DSC intends to focus on Data Sciences, Internet of Things (IOT) research, and basic research on Cyber Security. Realizing its importance, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India is offering financial support to research projects under Big Data Initiative (BDI). Government of India’s Skull India Initiative is aimed at increasing the competencies and average productivity. The flagship programs of Govt. of India like Digital India, Digital Village, and Smart Cities are data intensive, and use data and they generate data that has commercial value. Data with commercial value open opportunities for start-ups and entrepreneurial development. But we should be equipped to harness them. India is the IT capital of the world it and has a pool of mathematics, computer science, and coding skills. India is certainly poised to leverage the advantages of these fields but we need disruptive technologies. I am sure that this Data Science will come out with a road-map of how we can make India ready for these disruptive technologies in data science, and data-driven fields.”
Bhupesh Daheria, CEO of Aegis School and Founder of this conference explains, “Data Science Congress was aimed to bring India at the center of hub for skills and research in the fields of Data Science, Analytics, Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Cyber Security and IOT. We have the largest talent pool of mathematicians and coders which can be groomed for these disruptive high growth fields, and we must showcase them at international forums like the Data Science Congress.”
Some of the sessions held during the event included: Panel Discussion On Using Data For Better Governance And Society by S. M. Sahai, J A Chowdary , Sushila Augustine, Dr. Avik Sarkar , Madhavan Narayanan, Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (ICPS) Division Research – India Perspective by Dr. K. R. Murali Mohan, Crime Investigation Through Social Media Analytics by Amit Dubey, IOT, Analytics Enabling The Vision Of Smart Cities by Dr. Sumit D. Chowdhury, AI First Enterprise Myth And Reality by Dr. Soudip Roy Chowdhury, Aspect Extraction & Sentiment Analysis: From Keywords To Concepts by Dr. Madhu Gopinathan, INDIAN IOT Market & Ecosystem by Jürgen Hase, Panel Discussion On Using Data Science Changed The Game For Telecom by Dr. Laurent Mignet , Deepali Gupta , Sudeepta Chaudhuri , Nikola Sucevic , Satish Mittal , Dr. Debabrata Nayak , Dr. Sougata Mukherjea, Panel Discussion On Data Science In E-Commerce And Retail by Vijay Gabale , Piyush Chowhan , Dr. Ravi Vijayaraghavan, Mr. Algorithm – New Member In The Board Room Discussing Algorithm Economy by Sameer Dhanrajani, etc.
The event also saw research papers presentations on topics such as Preventing accidents through real-time warning of dangerous spots to connected vehicles by Sandhya Gopalan & Ranjani Subramania, Shonit TM An Artificial Intelligence based Automated Peripheral Blood Smear Analyser by Dheeraj Mundhra, An Approach To Smart Agriculture Practice using Internet of Things (IoT),Big Data and Neural Networks by Vaishali Lokesh Gatty & Archana Chandrabhanu, An Artificial Intelligence based Approach to Estimate Human Semen Quality from Microscopic Videography by Bharath Cheluvaraju, Comparative analysis of Particle Swarm Optimisation & Cultural Algorithm in the Prediction of Foreign Exchange by Sachin Srivastava, Ashank Rudola, Gayatri KVR & Dr. Monika Gupta, Use of Big Data in Warehousing to enhance Accessibility of Food by Rohit Sharma, Mathematical Modelling for Crop pricing based on Market value of its products by Chanchal Pramanik & Dr. Srinivas Pappula, Inferencing in the Large: Towards Automation of Semantic Integration and Knowledge Representation of Open Data by Asha Subramanian, etc.