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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
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasAutomatic thought transcription
50 hours dayHanzhong LiuLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussPhasebookNeri Merhav
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
information-frictionDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
Uninventable InventionPrakash Ishwarsave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiPoser CodesAman Bhatia
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchiflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
ITIPShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
q-ary English ChannelMahdi CheraghchiReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankeCooperative JammingAylin Yener
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimWireless Friction Device
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhavresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
FadebookNeri Merhavuncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
Clonal teleportationMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelStrategy for medium interference
lettuce codesYair YonaWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard WeselA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Jensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitzerror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Automatic Eureka GeneratorJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Electric Ski BoatRobert Heathℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
A practical theoremDavid TseThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferPower-generating cloudYi Lu
baby sleep inducerRonit Bustinself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
New technology's old rootI whisper
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluDe Bruijn Topology
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
continuous-time one-hop channelsFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
(practically) practical theorymiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RosePredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
mu*Knowledge Transfer Machine
Bigg dataAman Bhatia24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiNatcoinSae-Young Chung
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
Universal single-letterizerJun ChenDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Biological big data representationsAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterlianonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yenersub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharyaback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskySmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
nite Whaussian goiseSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri MerhavPortal to parallel universe
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi CheraghchiGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg Pottie
MFB = CRBhuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavSelf-entertained child
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Querseeing glasses for blind
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloCity CTLin Zhang
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhavauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Convexity detectorWei YuiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhavpage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Differentially private fliteringfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhavspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer ShayevitzIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhavcancer eradication pill
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Alias codesKannan RamchandranError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam WilliamsonSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
capacity region plotterNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
Automatic Invention CreatorLav Varshneyblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Musac CancellerMichael HonigMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Bibliography Auto-Assemblyone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
Make-no-mistake codesIlya Dumerlaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Songlogic potionVivek Borkar
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
In formation theoryNeri Merhavrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Sahawhat does make difference
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin MostofiBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduITLinQSalman Avestimehr
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Moisturizing Graphical Modelsorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Self-designing optimal codeAria Nosratiniasave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
NP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung48-hours days
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda SureshDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
Eternal youth serumNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
White-noise estimationAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
coding@networkProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
Error Correction HomeworkJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
self-revising paperAylin YenerDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosInvention generatorRon Graham
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Horse CodesQin HuangAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhowradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchicompressed hypothesis testing
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
gzip-itaTara JavidiRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
nested empty syndromeGamma*
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry PfisterITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaAutomatic Theorem Prover
sleep workingArash Saber Tehranino-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe