The sixth version of Cypher, held at Radisson Blu, Bengaluru, efficiently concluded on September 23, 2022. Organised by Analytics India Journal, this has been one of many largest conferences to this point, and in-person after three years. The occasion witnessed about 100+ audio system unfold throughout three completely different halls for 3 consecutive days. It witnessed participation from about 1000+ attendees and 300+ data-driven and AI-focused organisations from India and worldwide.
Mixing artwork and AI, each art work made for this 12 months’s Cypher, together with banners, posters and movies, was made utilizing the text-to-image AI instrument, Midjourney. However, after all, it couldn’t have been doable with out the human contact of our inventive staff.
The three-day occasion was jam-packed throughout all three tracks/halls with back-to-back periods, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions, mentoring periods, award ceremonies and extra. The primary two days had been fused with leaders from sports activities and literature, together with Kapil Dev and Chetan Bhagat, sharing their views on AI and analytics, life classes, motivational talks and extra.
In a fireplace chat with Chetan Bhagat, alongside Pankaj Rai, chief information and analytics officer at Aditya Birla Group, Chetan stated that AI ought to be coupled with pure intelligence. “AI is there. Everyone must have some technique for it. Name it tech in the event you discover it too tough. However, if you wish to impress, you possibly can name it machine studying,” he added.
When requested if AI would take over jobs sooner or later, Chetan Bhagat’s reply to this was ‘YES,’ citing the redundancy of lineman’s jobs within the military and Russia utilizing focused radars, alongside his private expertise of constructing a small staff for his podcast—DeepTalk, the place he now makes use of iPhone for recording and Ultimate Reduce Professional for modifying.
“Our jobs are getting affected for certain. That’s the actuality that in sure fields, jobs will get affected. However Bangalore could not since you guys will take all these jobs,” he quipped.
In a fireplace chat with Kapil Dev, alongside Sreekanth Menon, VP – of information science at Genpact, Kapil Dev insisted folks use their pure intelligence as an alternative of turning into a slave to know-how. Nonetheless, he stated if information will help make higher selections, why not? “However, you lose the enjoyable half… Generally in sports activities, pure issues are a lot better than delayed outcomes,” he stated, giving an instance of the third umpire resolution when a participant eagerly awaits the outcomes.
On the final day of Cypher, the staff organised an AI Quiz (AIQ), led by Quizmaster Adittya Nath Mubayi, the place the winners of the competitors received about INR 60,000 (in complete) money prize. This was adopted by a night crammed with laughter—due to Biswa Kalyan Rath, a techie-turned-standup comic, who shared his humorous experiences of dwelling in Bengaluru alongside interacting with the viewers.
One other attention-grabbing spotlight at Cypher was the session on ‘AI and the Human Unconscious’ by Santhosh Babu, an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and life coach. On this session, he launched folks to the ability of hypnosis, alongside serving to them unleash their true potential.
He stated that our selections are made primarily based on emotional impulse and justified later, even when they’re illogical. The identical has been mirrored within the AI techniques that we construct.
Moreover these periods, this 12 months’s Cypher was headlined by Bengaluru’s folk-rock band Swarathma. It was no abnormal efficiency; the band used superior visible and lighting instruments so as to add magic to their music—justly encapsulating the spirit of Cypher 2022.
Cypher 2022 additionally acknowledged numerous corporations, analytics leaders, and academicians with numerous awards and accolades for the influence they’ve made within the AI and analytics ecosystem. This consists of the ‘Knowledge Science Excellence Awards 2022,’ ‘Most Promising Analytics & Knowledge Science Academicians in India,’ and ‘Greatest Agency Awards’ amongst others.
The ‘Thought Management’ periods had been jam-packed for all three consecutive days of the convention. The periods had been led by AI and analytics consultants from corporations comparable to MakeMyTrip, Genpact, American Specific, Google Cloud, Deloitte, Course5i, Optum, Elsevier, Merkle, Prince Pipes, Vedanta, Udaan, and a number of other others.
Kickstarting the primary session, Genpact’s Amaresh Tripathy offered a chat on ‘Democratising Transformation: Main organisations into the age of algorithms,’ the place he spoke about the way forward for enterprises, on how they’ll leverage AI and the place to attract the road alongside funding methods for corporations—whether or not to put money into AI or human capital, or each?
Elsevier’s Suzanne Janse delivered one other attention-grabbing session on the primary day on ‘Remodeling the worldwide medical buyer expertise by way of information science and innovation,’ the place she unveiled inside tech stacks and make clear the information science and machine studying fashions used to reinforce the client expertise within the healthcare and life sciences panorama.
On the second day, president of TuringMinds and school at upGrad-INSOFE, Anuradha Sharma’s session on the subject ‘Failure proofing AI adoption and driving in direction of income, was additionally fairly intriguing. On this session, she spoke about not simply leveraging AI but in addition contemplating it from a monetisation and return on funding (RoI) perspective.
“Planning earlier than leaping into AI adjustments the 85% failure fee to success. There are practitioner frameworks and options obtainable that may assist corporations not simply undertake AI however drive income from it,” she added.
Tredence chief technique officer and chief innovation officer Soumendra Mohanty’s discuss was additionally insightful. He spoke about characteristic shops and the way it allows enterprises to find, distribute, and deploy ML options at scale—leading to quicker improvement, deployment, and operationalisation. He additional spoke about accelerating AI adoption and function of characteristic shops in rewiring enterprise influence.
Day three of Cypher 2022 had a number of attention-grabbing periods as properly. Considered one of them included Vedanta chief digital and know-how officer Vineet Jaiswal’s discuss on ‘Significance of information within the transformation journey of steel, mining, and manufacturing trade.’ On this session, he defined at size the complexity of the information, alongside the challenges and alternatives prevailing within the trade.
To not neglect the panel dialogue on, ‘Ought to AI-driven face recognition tech for surveillance be banned altogether?,’ moderated by AIM’s Kashyap Raibagi, alongside Genpact’s Tarun Srinivasan, Commonwealth Financial institution’s Nidhi Sinha, and Thomson Reuters’ Shirsha Ray Chaudhuri.
The panellists mentioned numerous cases of face recognition instruments—each professionals and cons and elaborated on the use circumstances at coverage ranges, moral implications and extra.
The ‘Information Talks’ was additionally brimming with AI/ML builders and practitioners alongside information science consultants actively collaborating in workshops and fascinating with the audio system. The occasion had an attention-grabbing line of audio system from corporations comparable to Boston IT Resolution, MiQ, MathLogic, SBI Card, BharatPe, Birla Carbon, ITC, Google Cloud, Jubilant FoodWorks, Akasa Air, Arya.ai, Hike, Jupiter, and Duroflex amongst others.
The primary session was led by Krishna Mouli, program supervisor of information science at Boston IT Resolution India. On this discuss, he launched the viewers to Intel oneAPI software program that helps builders optimise AI coaching and inference on platforms comparable to TensorFlow and PyTorch. This was adopted by a hands-on workshop for individuals/builders on the Intel DevCloud platform.
MathLogic Manu Chandra’s discuss on ‘Deep Studying: Analysis to Observe’ resonated with the viewers. He took a visit down the reminiscence lane and defined the evolution of deep studying, alongside its real-world implications and use circumstances.
One other attention-grabbing session was delivered by SBI Card’s threat analyst Amit Mathur. As a digital transformation advocate at Cypher 2022, he highlighted the significance of adopting a data-driven tradition and the way it has impacted their enterprise and gross sales.
A session on ‘Jubilant FoodWorks personalisation engine’ by Rahul Bharde was additionally intriguing. On this discuss, he showcased the advice system developed by Jubilant FoodWorks’ in-house information scientists and ML engineers. He additionally mentioned a few of the newest developments and the way his firm leverages information science and analytics to make product suggestions, alongside creating new services and products.
The session by Akasa Air co-founder and chief data officer Anand Srinivasan was additionally fairly refreshing. He took the viewers on a journey of all the information complexity concerned within the aerospace trade and the way the corporate was in a position to create a profitable low-cost airline firm, leveraging AI and analytics in each step of the operations together with gasoline consumption, layovers, seat fulfilments, upkeep and restore work, and extra.
Whereas the primary day of ‘Information Talks’ was insightful, the second day bought extra intense. Tech Mahindra’s Hasit Trivedi discuss on ‘AI – Altering Panorama of Human Interplay with Machines’ was crammed with visible delight, and make clear the evolution of buyer expertise alongside suggestion techniques and extra. He additionally mentioned how AI has been in a position to ship all of those experiences in a way more personalised and efficient method.
Showcasing the significance of dealing with exterior information—the session by Varun Rastogi, director at Deloitte India, alongside Moumita Sarker, director at Deloitte India, was very essential. The duo defined intimately the significance of exterior information and how one can procure them, alongside explaining how one can unlock enhancements in analytics initiatives throughout the organisation.
Moreover these, the discuss on ‘AI in Retail @ Walmart Scale’ offered by Rahul Ghosh and Nataraju Vusirikala from Walmart was additionally fairly insightful. The duo illustrated how AI is getting used on the firm, the way forward for retail and extra.
Shedding mild on the challenges within the fintech house, BharatPe’s Sanjeev Singh offered a session on ‘Actual Time Knowledge Pipeline in A New Age Fintech Agency’ which was an eye-opener for a lot of AI/ML builders. The session delved deep into a few of the challenges within the cost and lending ecosystem and the way BharatPe is fixing them—divulging the tech stack and techniques to offer a seamless expertise to its prospects and channel companions.
There’s extra. Day three of ‘Information Talks’ stored the ball rolling. Making the session extra interactive and enjoyable, ITC’s Swamy Saran Atul stole the present by awakening the interior salesman in everybody. He took the viewers on a journey of constructing personalised suggestions alongside explaining the nitty-gritties of the machine studying fashions on the way it works round probably the most essential human within the loop—the salesperson.
Moreover, Hike’s Ankur Narang made it extra immersive by presenting a chat on ‘AI and laptop imaginative and prescient for metaverse,’ the place he took us on an evolutionary journey of the metaverse, alongside displaying numerous AI strategies and strategies to form the way forward for metaverse, displaying us the glimpse of how the long run appears like.
Ex-Spotify and lead machine studying engineer at Jupiter, Aarshay Jain’s session gave a novices perspective of what it appears like to begin an AI-backed startup, alongside showcasing a tech stack, suggestion engines, and extra.
Final however not least, Duroflex’s Vipin Rustagi’s session on ‘Knowledge First Organisation’ was the icing on the cake, which gave a complete new perspective of a standard agency adopting information science and analytics to develop new merchandise and guarantee its prospects sleep higher.
Mind Field additionally had an attention-grabbing line of audio system and panel discussions from corporations like MakeMyTrip, ZS India, EXA, Hero Vired, Deloitte India, upGrad INSOFE, Policybazaar, TuringMinds, and others. Listed here are a few of the highlights of a few of the periods from all three days.
MakeMyTrip VP head of information science, Narasimha Medeme, make clear reinforcement studying (RL) bandit experiment techniques, the place the corporate is shifting in direction of real-time and continuous studying. “We as people study sequentially as we develop, so the concept is to construct a system that learns equally with out forgetting,” he added, speaking concerning the RL bandit experiment techniques.
The session by Dipyman Sanyal from Hero Vired was one of the crucial talked about periods at Cypher 2022, the place he spoke on ‘Causal AI: Causation versus Correlation.’ On this session, he cleared doubts round causation and correlation according to AI, giving a number of examples and use circumstances. He additionally indicated that machines won’t substitute people.
Lastly, Sarabojit Singh from Tatras Knowledge was additionally fairly insightful. In his discuss, Singh coated a few of the core ideas of advice techniques and mentioned completely different SOTA used immediately within the trade, alongside the evolution of the approaches to collaborative filtering, conventional machine studying algorithms for regression and extra.
The Future is Right here
These are only a glimpse of India’s largest AI convention and a starting of a brand new revolution in AI and analytics in India. Hopefully, we’ll see you at a a lot larger and higher AI and Analytics convention subsequent 12 months.
Cypher 2022 encapsulated the way forward for innovation, balancing a number of breakthroughs towards a world that has grown extra sceptical about the advantages of the AI and analytics revolution.
See you subsequent 12 months!