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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
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhannested empty syndrome
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassutosave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Coding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglusparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Strategy for medium interferencePaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Querresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Error Correction Homeworkgzip-itaTara Javidi
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin Straussself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai50 hours dayHANZHONG LIU
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananClonal teleportation
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulosleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
capacity region plotterImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard WeselMusac CancellerMichael Honig
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
New technology's old rootOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
coding@networkSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosutone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfisteruncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
De Bruijn TopologyPatch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchi
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
Terror-correcting codesArya Mazumdarreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkelcancer eradication pill
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Diversity codingEnder Ayanogluerror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Set of all theoremsSae-Young ChungConvexity detectorWei Yu
Memoryless hard diskNeri Merhavblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Universal single-letterizerJun Chenno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanITIP
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
compressed hypothesis testingCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavBigg dataAman Bhatia
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeglettuce codesYair Yona
self-revising paperAylin YenerDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Schrödinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Sanity-check codeNeri MerhavFadebookNeri Merhav
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yenerbicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverA practical theoremDavid Tse
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarAutomatic thought transcription
Disparity check codesIlya Dumertiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-Davidnite Whaussian goise
Bibliography Auto-AssemblySmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiPower-generating cloudYi Lu
baby sleep inducerRonit Bustinnon-Shannon-type
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianInvention generatorRon Graham
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
(practically) practical theoryContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
Biological big data representationssubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi ChenShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
Rejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakislogic potionVivek Borkar
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiroback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
A world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
information-frictionAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanMulti Dimensional Recording Code
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Wireless WireMahdi CheraghchiInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Automatic Invention CreatorLav VarshneyGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehussave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Error-collecting codesIlya Dumerpage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasAutomatic Theorem Prover
City CTLin ZhangPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Poser CodesAman BhatiaPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyarsuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeMFB = CRB
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaHorse CodesQin Huang
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelBATS
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
Uninventable InventionPrakash IshwarAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli ChaghooshiCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg Pottie24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeePaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard JorswieckHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Wireless Friction DeviceOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Startup-to-exit converterNeri Merhavsleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhavself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Differentially private fliteringPhasebookNeri Merhav
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
White-noise estimationAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Edible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie AmesFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
Gamma*NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe RigolletPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavEternal youth serum
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Knowledge Transfer MachineDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
what does make differenceThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
Universal derandomizerEyal En-Gad'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
mu*NP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
Automatic Eureka GeneratorBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoudradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluNatcoinSae-Young Chung
48-hours daysReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Self-entertained childCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
I whisperSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
q-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchicontinuous-time one-hop channels
Teleportation DeviceNamratha VedireRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda SureshDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
seeing glasses for blindPortal to parallel universe
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
faulty-logic correcting logicYao Li