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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
mu*Rational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwatePredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
One Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazerhuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergEternal youth serum
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluPatch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchi
BATSDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenBibliography Auto-Assembly
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuNew technology's old root
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Super-optimal receiverNeri Merhavsave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarGamma*
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro RibeiroHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
coding@networkAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanWireless Friction Device
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Strategy for medium interferenceCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeClonal teleportation
continuous-time one-hop channelsPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
self-revising paperAylin YenerWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryCorrelation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhavorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
Portal to parallel universeSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard JorswieckPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Automatic thought transcriptionGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer ShayevitzProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
(practically) practical theorypage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesITIP
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Automatic Invention CreatorLav VarshneyCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanaferanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
48-hours days56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barrosgraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Universal single-letterizerJun ChenAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Horse CodesQin Huangresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
President RomneyPaul CuffMulti Dimensional Recording Code
what does make differenceUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
Shan non-theoryNeri Merhavmiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
Disparity check codesIlya DumerMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
logic potionVivek BorkarError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhavself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rosenested empty syndrome
compressed hypothesis testingzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi CheraghchiAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
Network failure recoveryEnder Ayanogluhigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam WilliamsonUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavMFB = CRB
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
Gambling patchAshkan Jafarpoursparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
Power-generating cloudYi LuStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
50 hours dayHANZHONG LIUInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregassave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrMoisturizing Graphical Models
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda SureshAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
Self-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbafreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Knowledge Transfer MachineSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg Pottie
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniPoser CodesAman Bhatia
Bigg dataAman Bhatiacancer eradication pill
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
De Bruijn TopologyJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
A method and apparatusBrendan Freyseeing glasses for blind
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhowleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
Wireless WireMahdi CheraghchiBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
information-frictionbicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
I whisperAutomatic Theorem Prover
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
Musac CancellerMichael HonigSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Uninventable InventionPrakash Ishwarcapacity region plotter
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
lettuce codesYair YonaAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeError Correction Homework
NatcoinSae-Young Chungerror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
FadebookNeri MerhavTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Liauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Self-entertained childConvexity detectorWei Yu
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
gzip-itaTara JavidiPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Alias codesKannan RamchandranPhasebookNeri Merhav
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin AeronUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Funny nonsense generatorNeri Merhavco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Automatic Eureka GeneratorWhite-noise estimation
non-Shannon-typeWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasBiological big data representations
faulty-logic correcting logicYao Li24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
Exponents with impactYonatan Kaspiradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry PfisterDifferentially private flitering
A practical theoremDavid Tseq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankarsleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsInvention generatorRon Graham
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forneysub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
nite Whaussian goiseRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
City CTLin ZhangIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankeIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee