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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
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiMoisturizing Graphical Models
Shannon waterparkPulkit Grovermu*
Honey Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhavco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda SureshCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
I whisperSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagicompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi ChenStrategy for medium interference
NatcoinSae-Young Chung50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
graph-based car-key searchAdam Williamsonlaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Automatic Theorem ProverPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhaviPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Automatic Invention CreatorLav VarshneyUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Uninventable InventionPrakash IshwarOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
56K modemEnder AyanogluSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
save-load in real worldChicheng Zhangmiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard WeselWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletAutomatic thought transcription
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharyawhat does make difference
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshiblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe RigolletUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin MostofiDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavBigg dataAman Bhatia
compressed hypothesis testingHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshDifferentially private flitering
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Self-designing optimal codeAria NosratiniaSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamathseeing glasses for blind
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettBATS
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian48-hours days
tiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadehcoding@network
(practically) practical theorysave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Clonal teleportationAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesInvention generatorRon Graham
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavPatch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchi
Self-entertained childℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarITIP
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
A practical theoremDavid TseFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonError Correction Homework
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri MerhavSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
GF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathannon-Shannon-type
logic potionVivek BorkarAutomatic Eureka Generator
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Teleportation DeviceNamratha VedireUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeConvexity detectorWei Yu
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
Exponents with impactYonatan Kaspiq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
radiant descentPhilippe Rigolletself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Musac CancellerMichael HonigRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregascancer eradication pill
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
information-frictionhigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchibicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
FadebookNeri MerhavMFB = CRB
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongWhite-noise estimation
Disparity check codesIlya Dumerone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcussuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
Drive-through parkingMartin Haenggigzip-itaTara Javidi
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchisubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluBibliography Auto-Assembly
self-revising paperAylin YenerContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
Biological big data representationsCity CTLin Zhang
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
Paper discoverability Nebojsa Jojicsleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
Alias codesKannan RamchandranInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
Joint source/channel codingEnder Ayanogluauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Tasty supercomputerDayu Huangorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Portal to parallel universeUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
continuous-time one-hop channelspage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Eternal youth serumBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangNew technology's old root
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarGamma*
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
Predictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglunite Whaussian goise
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Horse CodesQin Huanguncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfisterrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
nested empty syndromeflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaKnowledge Transfer Machine
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
PhasebookNeri MerhavPoser CodesAman Bhatia
Power-generating cloudYi LuITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
resealable banana peelPaul SiegelShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
lettuce codesYair Yonafaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
De Bruijn TopologyAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Wireless WireMahdi CheraghchiSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniWireless Friction Device
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg Pottie
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginskycapacity region plotter
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee