ACM India Industry Webinar on 19 October with Shourya Roy: "Why Do We Need Data Science in E-Commerce?"

October 12, 2021

In this session of the ACM India Industry Webinar series, we will learn about the need and potential of data science in e-commerce. Our speaker is an eminent researcher and industry leader who has made outstanding contributions in data science, NLP and applied AI.

Register now for "Why Do We Need Data Science in E-Commerce?", to be presented on Tuesday 19 October 2021 at 6 pm IST by Shourya Roy, Senior Research Director at Flipkart. The host for this session will be be Hemant Pande, Executive Director of ACM India.

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email from “ACM India Zoom”, containing information about joining the webinar.

Duration: 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

All students, faculty and industry professionals are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Note : You can also stream this webinar on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Abstract: In recent years e-commerce platforms have grown significantly riding on technological advancements, digital spread, and innovative business models. Through this growth, the platforms have been generating an astronomical amount of data and leveraging the same to leapfrog by data-driven insights. Advances in data science in general as well as in specific areas such as deep learning, reinforcement learning, etc. helped scale up their operations as hundreds of thousands of sellers sold millions of products to hundreds of millions of customers by over tens of thousands of pincodes through massive multi-echelon supply chain networks. However, the general understanding of the applicability of data science in e-commerce has been limited to a few popular ones such as recommendations and search.

In this talk, I will provide an overview of the expanse and potential of data science in e-commerce in about a dozen of use-cases. Under each of the major areas, I will highlight the challenges and research directions from the experiences of solving those in one of the largest e-commerce companies of India and the world. I will conclude by bringing out how the data science landscape is evolving and enabling the next generation of e-commerce business models.

Shourya Roy is a Senior Research Director at Flipkart. He is responsible for Data Science strategy and execution of a number of key initiatives there. Prior to joining Flipkart in 2020, he spent over 18 years in various roles in IBM Research and Xerox Research as well as most recently, was heading the AI Labs at American Express. Shourya is an ACM Distinguished Member and currently serves as the President of the India Chapter of ACM SIGKDD (IKDD). Shourya has done PhD, MTech, and BE in Computer Science from IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay and Jadavpur University respectively.

Hemant Pande, Executive Director, ACM India