20 Nov 2017

Iris makes it to the top three at a national-level Machine Learning Hackathon

Iris placed third in the ML competition at NATC 2017

Noida, India:: Iris Software finished third in a field of 50 teams from many corporates and academia in a Machine Learning competition held by the premier Software Industry association, NASSCOM, in New Delhi, India.

The event, NASSCOM Annual Technology Conference 2017, ran a non-stop Hackathon with the theme: “Using Machine Learning to make India Smarter” with the intent to provide insight to the audience on how new disruptive technologies were being applied to solve challenging problems in new, innovative ways. The 3-member Iris team was placed 3rd from over a 150 participants from reputed IT companies and academia across India.

In the 36-hour period, each team defined a relevant problem area for India and applied machine learning principles to build and demonstrate a working solution. Teams were open to use any public dataset from Government websites, combine it with any other public dataset or pseudo data, if required, to demonstrate their solution. This whole exercise involved formulating the problem statement, collecting data, creating the model architecture, developing a solution and demonstration the same to the judges.

The Pulpit IRIS TEAM
The Winning Team from Iris

“The Iris team chose a common problem – ability to review the innumerable Policies, Speeches, Articles, Reports, Schemes, Circulars and Proceedings published by the Government every year – for quicker assimilation and action”, explained team captain, Abhishek Gupta. The team developed a “Semantics Based Extractive Summarizer” that quickly delivered quality abstracts with emphasis on facts over statistics. An industry-standard model was employed and with refined learning techniques, the team demonstrated how the solution delivered higher quality summaries with speed over time.

“I continue to be impressed with the progress our technical teams continue to make in these highly competitive forums. We have always come back from NASSCOM and TechGig events with results that put us on top in a very competitive environment. Congratulations to the team of Ashok Kaistha, Raju Singh and Sanmati Jain who have yet again demonstrated that Iris nurtures problem solving and thinking-out-of-the-box as key skills among its personnel. I am confident that this accolade energizes all of us at Iris to meet new and emerging techniques and technologies with great enthusiasm.” remarked Mr. Anil Apte, founder and managing director of Iris Software.

NASSCOM, a not-for-profit industry association, is the apex body for the 154 billion dollar IT BPM industry in India, an industry that had made a phenomenal contribution to India's GDP, exports, employment, infrastructure and global visibility. Established in 1988 and ever since, NASSCOM’s relentless pursuit has been to constantly support the IT & BPM industry, in the latter’s continued journey towards seeking trust and respect from varied stakeholders, even as it reorients itself time and again to remain innovative, without ever losing its humane and friendly touch.

The NATC (NASSCOM Annual Technology Conference) series is aimed to provide a runway for approaching the current technology trends that may lead to industry disruptions. NATC 2017 focused on key topics that would provide the tools and the knowledge to help channel a continuing disruptive environment.

About Iris
Iris Software is a professional software services organization serving customers in the USA, Canada and India for over 25 years. Iris focusses on developing ready-to-deploy Custom-Off-The-Shelf solutions, Application Software development services, as well as services towards the maintenance, testing, integration, & support of software.

Iris services the information technology requirements of companies ranging from the Fortune 100 to medium-sized firms by utilizing specialized domain knowledge, best-of-breed technologies, rapidly deployable proprietary frameworks/solutions and flexible engagement models. Iris provides thought leadership to solve business problems creatively by conceptualizing & delivering uncommon solutions leveraging existing technologies & new computing paradigms such as Digital Transformation, Machine Learning, Analytics & Insights, Cloud Computing & Process Automation. Iris continually innovates to accelerate outcomes such as time-to-market, lower costs, ease of maintenance & reduced TCO. Iris’ core strengths of software engineering best practices enables it to deliver high quality solutions consistently.