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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
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusA practical theoremDavid Tse
De Bruijn TopologyArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
I whisperSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyNew technology's old root
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi CheraghchiMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanStrategy for medium interference
continuous-time one-hop channelstiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
NP-to-P converterSae-Young ChungCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Invention generatorRon GrahamSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavITIP
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Thyme machineSalim El RouayhebGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbiwhat does make difference
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnananonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinbergmiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
Alias codesKannan Ramchandranfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Thinking CameraSangkeun Leesubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
Gamma*Moisturizing Graphical Models
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Portal to parallel universeCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenWireless Friction Device
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeMFB = CRB
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
NatcoinSae-Young ChungCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
nested empty syndrome(practically) practical theory
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Self-designing optimal codeAria NosratiniaAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Songback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
compressed hypothesis testingUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Predictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglunon-Shannon-type
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chenauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
Automatic thought transcriptionPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckConvexity detectorWei Yu
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregasq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Set of all theoremsSae-Young ChungJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe RigolletPhasebookNeri Merhav
Musac CancellerMichael HonigIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Klebergzip-itaTara Javidi
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin MostofiJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon Nopage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Eternal youth serumAutomatic Theorem Prover
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Automatic Eureka GeneratorEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiClonal teleportation
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamathseeing glasses for blind
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazerone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Poser CodesAman Bhatiaresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri MerhavMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
Psychiatric PenicillinChris Rosereviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiFadebookNeri Merhav
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiError Correction Homework
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
information-frictionSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman BhatiaSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanDifferentially private flitering
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavCooperative JammingAylin Yener
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Paper Shredder/SummarizerR. SrikantSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Knowledge Transfer MachineFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
sleep workingArash Saber TehraniIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Biological big data representationsOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
BATSPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagicoding@network
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rosebicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
Bigg dataAman BhatiaIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Disparity check codesIlya DumerChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongSelf-entertained child
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
left handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetticancer eradication pill
logic potionVivek BorkarWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharanzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhowspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
50 hours dayHanzhong LiuAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Sabbatical yearMarcelo Firerflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Universal single-letterizerJun Chenℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Power-generating cloudYi LuEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
lettuce codesYair YonaDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
nite Whaussian goiseCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Wireless WireMahdi CheraghchiAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan Liurewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Lyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Horse CodesQin HuangITLinQSalman Avestimehr
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Self-extending deadlineTobias Kochself-revising paperAylin Yener
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi48-hours days
mu*Unstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
City CTLin ZhangThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhavcapacity region plotter
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory PottieFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Discreet memoryless channelNeri Merhavuncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
White-noise estimationITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
radiant descentPhilippe Rigollet