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2014 Information Theory
and Applications Workshop

Sunday 2/9 - Friday 2/14
Catamaran Resort, San Diego


Monday and Tuesday will focus on information theory and communications, while Thursday and Friday will center on networking, computer science, machine learning, bioinformatics, signal processing, neuro science, and related disciplines. Several expository presentations will cover different aspects of neuro science and brain mapping.


12/2 (Monday) Paper titles
Poster picture
12/31 (Tuesday) Registration
1/31 (Friday)
2/8 (Saturday)
Final papers

Sessions and events

Reception, Sunday evening

How to land your dream job, Panel, Tuesday

Graduation Day, Wednesday

CSoI Evening presentation, Tuesday

National Comedy Club, Wednesday

Banquet, Wednesday evening

Valentine's Day, Thursday evening

Video Abstracts

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Presenters are encouraged to upload 2-minute video abstracts for their talks. For help with creating and uploading a video, please check your registration profile. Some videos:

Gaussian skewness approximation for dynamic rate multi-server queues,
William Massey

Poisoned wine bottles, not enough rats,
Michael Kleber

Fundamental Limits on Energy Consumption of Noisy Computing,
Pulkit Grover

Information spread in networks: Control, games, and equilibria,
Ali Khanafer

Compute-and-forward: Back to the DMC,
Bobak Nazer, Michael Gastpar

Loss minimization and parameter estimation with heavy tails,
Daniel Hsu, Sivan Sabato

Real-time Network Coding: From Theory to Product,
Diogo Ferreira, Joao Barros

The Henchman Problem --- secrecy measured by minimum distortion in a list,
Curt Schieler, Paul Cuff

Can We Image Through Walls with WIFI Signals?,
Yasamin Mostofi

Assuring privacy and reliability in crowdsourcing with coding,
Lav Varshney, Aditya Vempaty, Pramod Varshney

Fundamentals of multihop multiflow wireless networks,
Ilan Shomorony, Salman Avestimehr

On the Provable Convergence of Alternating Minimization for Matrix Completion,
Moritz Hardt

New Results in Successive Coding,
Emrah Aykol

Multiplicative parameter uncertainty in control systems: an information-theoretic perspective,
Gireeja Ranade

On Hypercontractivity and the Mutual Information between Boolean Functions,
Venkat Anantharam, Amin Gohari, Sudeep Kamath, Chandra Nair

A Stochastic Model for Electron Transfer and cell energetics in Bacterial Cables,
Nicolo Michelusi, Sahand Pirbadian, Mohamed El-Naggar, Urbashi Mitra

A bound on secret key length via binary hypothesis testing,
Himanshu Tyagi, Shun Watanabe

An Improved Outer Bound on the Storage-Repair Bandwidth Tradeoff of Exact-Repair Regenerating Codes,
Birenjith Sasidaran, Kaushik Senthoor, P Vijay Kumar

Invention Videos

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Attendees are encouraged to make short advertisements about inventions. For help with creating and uploading a video, please check your registration profile. Some videos:

Useful LaTeX Error Messages,
Oliver Kosut (c/o Pulkit Grover and Bobak Nazer)

Bandwidth Ex-nihilo,
Raymond Moberly

Invention Inventory

This year's poster includes inventions your made or would like to have made. Here are some examples to get you started.

For information theorists: Polar codes, Bipolar codes, Capacity-exceeding codes
For computer scientists: 3D Latex, User-friendly Linux
For researchers: Self-correcting paper, Relevant theory paper
For academics: Quarter-long semesters, Auto grant writer, Committee bot
For students: Auto thesis writer, Advisor proximity detector, Free-food sensors, Grammar-free language
For air travelers: GPS enabled luggage, Delay-free airline, Tasty airline food, Portable heliport
For families: Baby mute button, Dishwashing sink
For food lovers: Bacon strawberry smoothie, Tearless onions
For lazy eaters: Sandwich tree, Straw-stem oranges
For the "busy": Anti-procrastination pill, Ambidextrous shoes
For health professionals: Cure for cold, Dream recorder
For couch athletes: Captivating cricket game
For geeks: Samsung-sized iPhone, Shatter-free cellphone, 3D radio
For animal lovers: Self-walking dog, Pooch poop trailer
For panda lovers: Pocket panda, Panda pasta, Poultry panda
For ITA organizers: Self-organizing talks, Self-generating poster
For almost everyone: Hangover-free alcohol, Prescription-free Ritalin, 50-hour days

Your Inventions

The following are your contributed inventions (added through your profile page) in no particular order.
Inventions that include the inventor's name will participate in our master-inventor competition for some cool prizes.

If you are registered for the upcoming workshop, click here to vote for your favorite inventions.

Invention Inventor Invention Inventor
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Good student cloning machineJoerg Kliewernested empty syndrome
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Sanity-check codeNeri MerhavGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
self-revising paperAylin YenerHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
MFB = CRBCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
page limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvariback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Gamma*Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg PottieCooperative JammingAylin Yener
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeePoser CodesAman Bhatia
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
coding@networkBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhavmu*
Thyme machineSalim El RouayhebSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichSelf-entertained child
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
q-ary English ChannelMahdi CheraghchiUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhowsleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli ChaghooshiCorrelation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Universal single-letterizerJun Chengraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiFadebookNeri Merhav
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi CheraghchiAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Bigg dataAman Bhatiablackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
ITA Invention InventorWael Halbawiorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Strategy for medium interferenceSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
NatcoinSae-Young ChungWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
I whisperPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
non-Shannon-typeAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri MerhavDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafersub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Edible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie AmesInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
PhasebookNeri Merhavanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath50 hours dayHANZHONG LIU
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumariPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
BATSJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
48-hours daysPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
Uninventable InventionPrakash IshwarFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Convexity detectorWei YuImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard WeselUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
Automatic thought transcriptionMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregasreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Error Correction HomeworkDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwatePG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
A practical theoremDavid TseIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
compressed hypothesis testinguncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
nite Whaussian goiseSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Shannon waterparkPulkit Groverradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
De Bruijn TopologyDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin VetterliSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagnermiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
White-noise estimationFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
Power-generating cloudYi LuKnowledge Transfer Machine
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchiinformation-friction
logic potionVivek BorkarAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
cancer eradication pilllettuce codesYair Yona
gzip-itaTara JavidiTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
Turbo ToadsAman BhatiaPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Startup-to-exit converterNeri Merhavlaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeronspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyCity CTLin Zhang
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Invention generatorRon GrahamHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferHorse CodesQin Huang
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
Secret-Free SocietyChris RoseFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasPortal to parallel universe
Disparity check codesIlya DumerBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiouresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiAutomatic Eureka Generator
Differentially private fliteringITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
World Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
ITIPOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi CheraghchiGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathWireless Friction Device
Holographic kissingUpamanyu Madhowautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
(practically) practical theorySmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Biological big data representationssubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Songhuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
56K modemEnder Ayanogluzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
seeing glasses for blindhigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
Error Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchicontinuous-time one-hop channels
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
Musac CancellerMichael HonigTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
capacity region plotterNew technology's old root
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
one bit memory stickDavid Neuhoffwhat does make difference
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Auto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspiflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeEternal youth serum
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Automatic Theorem ProverSpectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieck
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiClonal teleportation
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro RibeiroLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav