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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
Automatic Invention CreatorLav VarshneyIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Startup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
nite Whaussian goiseDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Gamma*Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieckanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
Invention generator generatorRon Grahamcoding@network
Tasty supercomputerDayu Huangerror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Horse CodesQin HuangJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiA practical theoremDavid Tse
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
Teleportation DeviceNamratha VedireTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
capacity region plotterDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
information-frictionNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin AeronNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuBibliography Auto-Assembly
continuous-time one-hop channelsBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourStrategy for medium interference
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothWireless Friction Device
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhavradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Set of all theoremsSae-Young ChungAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
Alias codesKannan RamchandranEternal youth serum
Self-entertained childAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi ChenPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard JorswieckElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarFadebookNeri Merhav
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathAutomatic Eureka Generator
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavMFB = CRB
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
President RomneyPaul CuffWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagiautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
non-Shannon-typeTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
gzip-itaTara Javidisleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
The Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian48-hours days
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Knowledge Transfer MachineTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo CovielloHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
nested empty syndromeGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zoisrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh(practically) practical theory
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratiniaresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costalogic potionVivek Borkar
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannansubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
q-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchicancer eradication pill
mu*Schrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanaferself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
NP-to-P converterSae-Young Chungsub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin VetterliEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluClonal teleportation
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankePaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli ChaghooshiITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagnermiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
A method and apparatusBrendan Freyblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Uninventable InventionPrakash IshwarHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafarbicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
BibTex glovesOfer Shayevitzwhat does make difference
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleonilaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Brownian CommotionSudeep Kamathself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliBigg dataAman Bhatia
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Cooperative JammingAylin Yener50 hours dayHANZHONG LIU
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerError Correction Homework
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavInvention generatorRon Graham
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman BhatiaBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Sanity-check codeNeri MerhavSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathanzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
City CTLin ZhangLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg PottieiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Portal to parallel universesparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevAutomatic Theorem Prover
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerConvexity detectorWei Yu
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvarireButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshBATS
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanaferseeing glasses for blind
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
Secret-Free SocietyChris RoseCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Empathy BeamJustin Pearsonhigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerITLinQSalman Avestimehr
PhasebookNeri MerhavMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Poser CodesAman Bhatiano-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Biological big data representationsWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
White-noise estimationback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry PfisterEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferI whisper
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
NatcoinSae-Young ChungPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Musac CancellerMichael Honiglettuce codesYair Yona
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Low-emission Green machineIlya Dumersuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoDifferentially private flitering
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiPower-generating cloudYi Lu
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhavself-revising paperAylin Yener
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhavbaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchiuncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroNew technology's old root
compressed hypothesis testingITIP
De Bruijn TopologyQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Automatic thought transcription