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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
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
cancer eradication pillParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
White-noise estimationPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberI whisper
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Portal to parallel universeAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Musac CancellerMichael HonigAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
(practically) practical theoryBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
Poser CodesAman Bhatianested empty syndrome
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Self-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinialeft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin AeronPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
Clonal teleportationhuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckWireless Friction Device
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Decompressed nonsenseNeri Merhavsparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletMoisturizing Graphical Models
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard WeselFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhaviPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
Honey Badger CodesMaxim Raginskytiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettPower-generating cloudYi Lu
Self-correcting TrackerHossein RoufarshbafUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Empathy BeamJustin Pearsonreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavBiological big data representations
PhasebookNeri MerhavDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
Secret-Free SocietyChris RoseEternal youth serum
Invention generatorRon GrahamreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Sahacoding@network
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamathcompressed hypothesis testing
Rejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakisq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
uncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeveslaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
A practical theoremDavid TseAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi ChenWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathBATS
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
FadebookNeri MerhavInvention generator generatorRon Graham
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
continuous-time one-hop channelsSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
50 hours dayHanzhong LiuIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaKnowledge Transfer Machine
City CTLin ZhangSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchiself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Automated Cat HerderDavid Lisukfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
sleep workingArash Saber Tehranigzip-itaTara Javidi
One Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazerself-revising paperAylin Yener
Bibliography Auto-Assemblyco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
save-load in real worldChicheng Zhangself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhavback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory Pottie
MFB = CRBsubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Strategy for medium interferenceNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaNew technology's old root
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Bigg dataAman Bhatiamu*
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
Super-optimal receiverNeri Merhavresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
what does make differenceSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williamslettuce codesYair Yona
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakDifferentially private flitering
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
Convexity detectorWei Yuno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Gamma*autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagnerradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
nite Whaussian goiseMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
Self-entertained childOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
ITIPOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin VetterliError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
capacity region plotterBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
Disparity check codesIlya DumerSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
48-hours daysMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
information-frictionDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniAutomatic Eureka Generator
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
In formation theoryNeri MerhavNatcoinSae-Young Chung
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
logic potionVivek BorkarPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasHorse CodesQin Huang
Coding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Error Correction HomeworkJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeePrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchinon-Shannon-type
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyAutomatic thought transcription
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannanseeing glasses for blind
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli ChaghooshiBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskyExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe RigolletHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiAutomatic Theorem Prover
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananDe Bruijn Topology
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas