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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
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Paper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic(practically) practical theory
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisPortal to parallel universe
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
information-frictionTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanSpectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieck
Secret-Free SocietyChris Rosesub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honigcancer eradication pill
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
coding@networkMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakerror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffFadebookNeri Merhav
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin VetterliAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankeUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusTheorem-to-coffee decompilerěyvind Ytrehus
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam WilliamsonA practical theoremDavid Tse
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadITIP
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
The Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanianself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Automatic thought transcriptionMulti Dimensional Recording Code
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaAutomatic Eureka Generator
tiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
Strategy for medium interferenceNew technology's old root
Automatic Invention CreatorLav Varshneyfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
Schr÷dinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
PhasebookNeri MerhavGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Musac CancellerMichael Honig48-hours days
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanaferuncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
MFB = CRBGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
capacity region plotterBiological big data representations
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharyababy sleep inducerRonit Bustin
Bigg dataAman BhatiaAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudKnowledge Transfer Machine
Sanity-check codeNeri MerhavWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Universal single-letterizerJun ChenCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
BATSP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasInvention generatorRon Graham
Eternal youth serumUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncellaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Alias codesKannan RamchandranHorse CodesQin Huang
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin MostofiAutomatic Theorem Prover
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
seeing glasses for blindCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
Differentially private fliteringautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
nested empty syndromeDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskySelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weberlogic potionVivek Borkar
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chenleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
Write-Only-MemoryShashi Boradeblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
self-revising paperAylin Yenerco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverClonal teleportation
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamNatcoinSae-Young Chung
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarGamma*
continuous-time one-hop channelsself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi CheraghchiIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrachnon-Shannon-type
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerSelf-entertained child
I whisperOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
Paper Shredder/SummarizerR. SrikantLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Make-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Error Correction HomeworkLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiougraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
superluminal communication systemAydin Sezginreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred Heroflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
q-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchipage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Thyme machineSalim El RouayhebOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivansparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williamswhat does make difference
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafernite Whaussian goise
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhavspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi CheraghchiPoser CodesAman Bhatia
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviellopocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard WeselITLinQSalman Avestimehr
Power-generating cloudYi LuEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregaszero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
radiant descentPhilippe Rigolletsleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory Pottie
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavCorrelation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Decompressed nonsenseNeri Merhavlettuce codesYair Yona
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli ChaghooshiChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieckgzip-itaTara Javidi
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
mu*Teleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri MerhavreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Faceboogle++Petar Popovskiorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluWireless Friction Device
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyWhite-noise estimation
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
De Bruijn TopologyCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
Disparity check codesIlya DumerConvexity detectorWei Yu
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Predictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanogluresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafercompressed hypothesis testing
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
City CTLin Zhang