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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
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
Cantor dust collectorChicheng Zhangself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Clonal teleportationinformation-friction
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
Musac CancellerMichael HonigContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
White-noise estimationCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniMFB = CRB
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopouloslaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
FadebookNeri MerhavAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
Biological big data representationsWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
nite Whaussian goiseCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisConvexity detectorWei Yu
Poser CodesAman BhatiaLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
56K modemEnder AyanogluGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
City CTLin ZhangSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Piano Roll Manuscript Storerleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
graph-based car-key searchAdam Williamsonback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Shallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
Drive-through parkingMartin Haenggicapacity region plotter
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadError Correction Homework
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafersave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
Knowledge Transfer Machinesparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatiaorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Bigg dataAman Bhatiacoding@network
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
Write-Only-MemoryShashi Boradeflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
Differentially private fliteringSelf-entertained child
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
Teleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwacancer eradication pill
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
resealable banana peelPaul SiegelError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavA practical theoremDavid Tse
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Eternal youth serumTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry PfisterWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawireButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Leesubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Universal single-letterizerJun ChenCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
mu*Deadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Error-collecting codesIlya Dumerzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
Strategy for medium interferenceFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Songsave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
no-light optical imagingVivek Goyal(practically) practical theory
48-hours daysMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-Daviderror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
sleep workingArash Saber Tehraniblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Wireless Friction DeviceIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
NatcoinSae-Young ChungHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
Sanity-check codeNeri MerhavJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Memoryless hard diskNeri MerhavLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri MerhavITLinQSalman Avestimehr
Self-designing optimal codeAria Nosratiniareviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
self-cleaning deskRandall Berryuncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Power-generating cloudYi Luℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri MerhavUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Sureshnon-Shannon-type
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieckradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshifaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Thyme machineSalim El Rouayheblogic potionVivek Borkar
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
Invention generatorRon GrahamBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Horse CodesQin HuangSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskyPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Schrödinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
Spread speck roomNeri Merhavone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiMoisturizing Graphical Models
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
I whisperA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothGamma*
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
continuous-time one-hop channelsAutomatic Theorem Prover
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchinested empty syndrome
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
lettuce codesYair Yonasub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
BATSEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeronself-revising paperAylin Yener
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
seeing glasses for blindIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
bicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhlerhigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
compressed hypothesis testingDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
what does make differenceDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Self-correcting TrackerHossein RoufarshbafSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard JorswieckNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasNew technology's old root
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
Automatic thought transcriptionMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
De Bruijn TopologyGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory Pottie
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
PhasebookNeri Merhavq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
Automatic Eureka Generatorspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
gzip-itaTara JavidiITIP
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiPortal to parallel universe
50 hours dayHanzhong LiuOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch