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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
Smart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav48-hours days
Differentially private fliteringITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeStrategy for medium interference
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi CheraghchiNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin VetterliPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
Error Correction HomeworkProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamPortal to parallel universe
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfisterno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri MerhavCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
ITLinQSalman Avestimehrflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchifaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
cancer eradication pillShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferMoisturizing Graphical Models
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory Pottie
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
mu*Auto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavBigg dataAman Bhatia
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskySpread speck roomNeri Merhav
Alias codesKannan RamchandranSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman BhatiaiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
tiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadehsave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
A practical theoremDavid TseLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
information-frictionGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
Alien DNA DetectorChris Roseq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Poser CodesAman BhatiaLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
FadebookNeri MerhavConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonBiological big data representations
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
Gamma*sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Automatic Theorem ProverNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
NatcoinSae-Young ChungFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
Brownian CommotionSudeep Kamathlettuce codesYair Yona
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseSpectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieck
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
seeing glasses for blindNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyClonal teleportation
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbankenested empty syndrome
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Lisuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
BATSCity CTLin Zhang
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Songcontinuous-time one-hop channels
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
Piano Roll Manuscript Storerleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
non-Shannon-typepage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanWhite-noise estimation
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon Nospace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
law of large slumbersVivek Borkarco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam WilliamsonPhasebookNeri Merhav
compressed hypothesis testingFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Musac CancellerMichael HonigEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
Disparity check codesIlya DumerWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisEternal youth serum
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferDe Bruijn Topology
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
Wireless Friction DeviceIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
Cantor dust collectorChicheng Zhangcoding@network
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
Make-no-mistake codesIlya Dumerorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Power-generating cloudYi LuSelf-entertained child
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergInvention generatorRon Graham
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Finite-steak machineNeri Merhavcapacity region plotter
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerMFB = CRB
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chennite Whaussian goise
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
New technology's old rootMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavAutomatic thought transcription
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharanself-revising paperAylin Yener
resealable banana peelPaul SiegelSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
baby sleep inducerRonit Bustinback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
Automatic Eureka GeneratorJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
(practically) practical theoryImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro RibeiroSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavI whisper
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
Teleportation DeviceNamratha VedireUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Strong TropicalityIlan Shomoronygzip-itaTara Javidi
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
what does make differencePrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
sleep workingArash Saber TehraniFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Querlogic potionVivek Borkar
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
Wireless WireMahdi CheraghchiFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharyauncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankeDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchigraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaConvexity detectorWei Yu
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaKnowledge Transfer Machine
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkelrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
Self-designing optimal codeAria Nosratiniamiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluHorse CodesQin Huang
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalMulti Dimensional Recording Code
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarITIP
Predictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu