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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
coding@networkMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratiniamiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Disinformation Theory Neri Merhavleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
Strategy for medium interferencezero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi CheraghchiFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowMusac CancellerMichael Honig
Empathy BeamJustin Pearsonerror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerInvention generatorRon Graham
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Paper Shredder/SummarizerR. SrikantAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
NatcoinSae-Young ChungAutomatic Theorem Prover
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiError Correction Homework
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Startup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiITIP
Alien DNA DetectorChris RosePhasebookNeri Merhav
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Multi Dimensional Recording Codegraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TaustePaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Klebercancer eradication pill
q-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchispace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
BATSOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
48-hours dayssave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowAutomatic thought transcription
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeCity CTLin Zhang
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Uninventable InventionPrakash IshwarSpectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieck
Wireless WireMahdi Cheraghchinested empty syndrome
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Convexity detectorWei YuPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchisub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
Turbo ToadsAman BhatiaautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Shallow LearningPhilippe Rigolletsleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan Liurewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Knowledge Transfer Machinefaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
seeing glasses for blindSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanPower-generating cloudYi Lu
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachITLinQSalman Avestimehr
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarMFB = CRB
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chenautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Teleportation DeviceNamratha Vediresuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncelmu*
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiFadebookNeri Merhav
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
self-revising paperAylin YenerWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
lettuce codesYair Yonaℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeNew technology's old root
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhavblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoDe Bruijn Topology
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri MerhavHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
compressed hypothesis testingInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankeLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
gzip-itaTara JavidiLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaGamma*
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg Pottie
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Alias codesKannan RamchandranSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitzself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri MerhavSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
information-frictionAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
50 hours dayHanzhong Liusubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
A world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiroco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Wireless Friction Devicecapacity region plotter
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Sureshpocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanI whisper
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiWhite-noise estimation
Spread speck roomNeri Merhavhigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
Differentially private fliteringIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerClonal teleportation
what does make differenceNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Automatic Eureka GeneratorSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
A practical theoremDavid TseProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
56K modemEnder AyanogluDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Portal to parallel universenon-Shannon-type
law of large slumbersVivek Borkarnite Whaussian goise
Schrödinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli ChaghooshiTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
Deadline Saving TimeAman Bhatiaradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
resealable banana peelPaul Siegel(practically) practical theory
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Bigg dataAman BhatiaImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradePiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Eternal youth serumJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Horse CodesQin HuangExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
save-load in real worldChicheng Zhangcontinuous-time one-hop channels
Biological big data representationsOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
one bit memory stickDavid Neuhofflogic potionVivek Borkar
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Self-entertained childCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Poser CodesAman Bhatia