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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
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Paper Shredder/SummarizerR. SrikantFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
ITIPITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
information-frictionq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchiorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerPortal to parallel universe
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli ChaghooshiSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Schrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchimu*
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasGamma*
Musac CancellerMichael HonigSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Automatic Theorem ProverNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
50 hours dayHANZHONG LIUBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiEternal youth serum
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
gzip-itaTara JavidiiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
De Bruijn TopologySelf-entertained child
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
I whispererror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman BhatiaPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarFadebookNeri Merhav
Edible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie AmesLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg PottieWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamathone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeNatcoinSae-Young Chung
Joint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglunite Whaussian goise
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard WeselNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
uncompressed nonsensingGalen Reevesℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin AeronPower-generating cloudYi Lu
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan(practically) practical theory
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Error Correction Homeworkflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarConvexity detectorWei Yu
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Roseleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassutozero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazerback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
capacity region plotterUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
Honey Badger CodesMaxim Raginskynon-Shannon-type
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
City CTLin ZhangITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduAutomatic Eureka Generator
Clonal teleportationAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
resealable banana peelPaul SiegelDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
In formation theoryNeri MerhavNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Strategy for medium interferenceOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
Turbo ToadsAman BhatiaCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris Rosetiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
self-revising paperAylin YenerSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barroscompressed hypothesis testing
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethBibliography Auto-Assembly
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowDifferentially private flitering
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Invention generatorRon GrahamAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
sleep workingArash Saber TehraniFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhewhat does make difference
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliBigg dataAman Bhatia
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchiseeing glasses for blind
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankarradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
48-hours dayssave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
lettuce codesYair YonaCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
President RomneyPaul CuffThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavWhite-noise estimation
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
Knowledge Transfer Machinebicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanA practical theoremDavid Tse
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshBATS
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamathhuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Automatic thought transcriptionShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
56K modemEnder AyanogluBiological big data representations
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamsonrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi CheraghchiAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavNew technology's old root
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
PhasebookNeri MerhavFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
page limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvariautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weberlogic potionVivek Borkar
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Wireless WireMahdi CheraghchiUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitzsub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkelsuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steegnested empty syndrome
Automatic Invention CreatorLav VarshneyCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarPatch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchi
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi ChenSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Horse CodesQin Huangno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
cancer eradication pillDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
MFB = CRBPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Smart-aleck phoneNeri Merhavcoding@network
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin MostofiNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
continuous-time one-hop channelsShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachWireless Friction Device
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
Alien DNA DetectorChris RosePoser CodesAman Bhatia
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer