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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
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichStrategy for medium interference
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
President RomneyPaul CuffCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluPower-generating cloudYi Lu
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi CheraghchiAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
mu*BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigolletnested empty syndrome
Teleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwaself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonITLinQSalman Avestimehr
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregashigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
self-revising paperAylin YenerLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadInvention generatorRon Graham
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniWhite-noise estimation
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoA practical theoremDavid Tse
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaBiological big data representations
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohenauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafercancer eradication pill
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
Rejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakisanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri MerhavLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
save-load in real worldChicheng Zhangnite Whaussian goise
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Uninventable InventionPrakash IshwarTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav48-hours days
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangEternal youth serum
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao Linon-Shannon-type
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chencapacity region plotter
Brownian CommotionSudeep Kamathflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochMusac CancellerMichael Honig
56K modemEnder AyanogluDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregaslaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyarfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Alien DNA DetectorChris Rosesubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
City CTLin ZhangITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister(practically) practical theory
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletDe Bruijn Topology
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Klebercompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
Memoryless hard diskNeri Merhav'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
page limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvaritiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
gzip-itaTara JavidiI whisper
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimiradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
Moisturizing Graphical Modelsq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchilettuce codesYair Yona
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Secret-Free SocietyChris Roseself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiNew technology's old root
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-Davidreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg50 hours dayHANZHONG LIU
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
PhasebookNeri MerhavFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
Alias codesKannan Ramchandranwhat does make difference
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegelorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
Proof deconvolverAnand Sarwateblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Knowledge Transfer MachineAutomatic thought transcription
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Sahano-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Self-extending deadlineTobias Kochresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Automatic Eureka Generatorsource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin MostofiSelf-entertained child
Self-correcting TrackerHossein RoufarshbafInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
continuous-time one-hop channelsOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer ShayevitzFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Automatic Theorem Provercompressed hypothesis testing
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Clonal teleportationGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
Tasty supercomputerDayu Huanguncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
superluminal communication systemAydin Sezginspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Thyme machineSalim El RouayhebITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhavseeing glasses for blind
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutITIP
Poser CodesAman BhatiaChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
Error Correction HomeworkSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
logic potionVivek BorkarUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
sleep workingArash Saber TehraniSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
FadebookNeri MerhavNatcoinSae-Young Chung
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
Bigg dataAman Bhatia24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg PottieWireless Friction Device
Differentially private fliteringAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Polar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanancoding@network
MFB = CRBInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
information-frictionUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckConvexity detectorWei Yu
GF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathanbicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
BATSUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohenℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Portal to parallel universeFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo CovielloSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Set of all theoremsSae-Young ChungUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Horse CodesQin HuangLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelGamma*
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav