Home Organization Outline Talks Logistics Participants Sponsors

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

Click here to vote for your favorite videos.

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

Click here to vote for your favorite videos.

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
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarConvexity detectorWei Yu
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
compressed hypothesis testingSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicStrategy for medium interference
FadebookNeri MerhavBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Leemu*
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbankeorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarMFB = CRB
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weberhigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteA practical theoremDavid Tse
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafercoding@network
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
Make-no-mistake codesIlya Dumerlogic potionVivek Borkar
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowAutomatic Eureka Generator
Gamma*Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
PG-13 glassesAnanda Sureshgraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavSpectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieck
White-noise estimationCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
baby sleep inducerRonit Bustin48-hours days
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin AeronLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
(practically) practical theoryAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg PottieITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
nested empty syndromeUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Sabbatical yearMarcelo Firercompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiPhasebookNeri Merhav
Wireless Friction DeviceMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
q-ary English ChannelMahdi CheraghchiPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohentiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
blackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahbanwhat does make difference
information-frictionJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
NatcoinSae-Young ChungNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Power-generating cloudYi LuInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzBATS
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro RibeiroGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Alias codesKannan RamchandranAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
Set of all theoremsSae-Young ChungBigg dataAman Bhatia
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonBibliography Auto-Assembly
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafarone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
Eternal youth serumShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
radiant descentPhilippe RigolletNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Uninventable InventionPrakash IshwarClonal teleportation
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
non-Shannon-typeauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinbergrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
President RomneyPaul CuffAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
Automated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchiself-revising paperAylin Yener
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
A world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitskyuncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
City CTLin ZhangThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
Cantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginskysubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Self-entertained childOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluCorrelation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyDe Bruijn Topology
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatiasleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhelaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Lensless cameraAhmed Kirmanierror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Biological big data representationsStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barrossuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
Discreet memoryless channelNeri Merhavsave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
In formation theoryNeri MerhavExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriMusac CancellerMichael Honig
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiousub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
New technology's old rootPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Differentially private fliteringTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Turbo ToadsAman BhatiaPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
resealable banana peelPaul SiegelIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan Liucontinuous-time one-hop channels
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer ShayevitzBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchispace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
Invention generatorRon GrahamBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
NP-to-P converterSae-Young Chungreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamathfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
ITIPco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerError Correction Homework
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Knowledge Transfer MachineSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
Automatic thought transcriptionseeing glasses for blind
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Poser CodesAman BhatiaConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachCooperative JammingAylin Yener
lettuce codesYair YonaPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard WeselLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
I whisperPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesMoisturizing Graphical Models
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegelgzip-itaTara Javidi
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
Smart-aleck phoneNeri Merhavsave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
The Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramaniannite Whaussian goise
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamathcapacity region plotter
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon Nosource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
cancer eradication pillElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchiback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
Teleportation DeviceNamratha VedireNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaHorse CodesQin Huang
Automatic Theorem ProverPortal to parallel universe
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankePredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan