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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
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
superluminal communication systemAydin Sezginseeing glasses for blind
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Portal to parallel universeITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhavsub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Wireless Friction DeviceBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Schrödinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasMFB = CRB
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswiecknested empty syndrome
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo CovielloStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
NatcoinSae-Young ChungConvexity detectorWei Yu
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
cancer eradication pillhuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannanself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
(practically) practical theoryEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Secret-Free SocietyChris RoseAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
sleep workingArash Saber TehraniUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Thyme machineSalim El RouayhebPhasebookNeri Merhav
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeronresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
ITA Invention InventorWael Halbawisource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
Superabsorbing spongeEzio Biglierigraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiAutomatic thought transcription
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Gamma*42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
Differentially private fliteringTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangAutomatic Theorem Prover
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
capacity region plotterMoisturizing Graphical Models
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav48-hours days
50 hours dayHanzhong LiuKnowledge Transfer Machine
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarBATS
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Wireless WireMahdi Cheraghchicontinuous-time one-hop channels
compressed hypothesis testinglogic potionVivek Borkar
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Rejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakiszero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
De Bruijn TopologyCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi CheraghchiCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
56K modemEnder AyanogluPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhannite Whaussian goise
PG-13 glassesAnanda Sureshnon-Shannon-type
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchitiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
Invention generatorRon GrahamHorse CodesQin Huang
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
NP-to-P converterSae-Young ChungMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluError Correction Homework
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloEternal youth serum
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
City CTLin ZhangArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiITIP
Write-Only-MemoryShashi Boradebicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin MostofiPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisMusac CancellerMichael Honig
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Songmu*
Lyapunov Function FinderAli Khanaferbaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Biological big data representationslettuce codesYair Yona
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
reButtlerAryeh Kontorovichco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
FadebookNeri MerhavUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
White-noise estimationQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kimgzip-itaTara Javidi
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin VetterliThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
radiant descentPhilippe Rigolletflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri MerhavDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidPower-generating cloudYi Lu
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerInvention generator generatorRon Graham
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
Sanity-check codeNeri Merhavpage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
I whisperJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesanblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukBigg dataAman Bhatia
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyA practical theoremDavid Tse
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhavq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Paper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikantinformation-friction
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhavauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Self-designing optimal codeAria NosratiniaCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
coding@networkfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankeUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamsonone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
Self-entertained childStrategy for medium interference
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
Memoryless hard diskNeri MerhavNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongBibliography Auto-Assembly
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Teleportation DeviceNamratha VedireHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
self-revising paperAylin YenerJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
New technology's old rootAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory PottieShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
what does make differenceAutomatic Eureka Generator
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrPoser CodesAman Bhatia
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Clonal teleportationcompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
save-load in real worldChicheng Zhang