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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
Secret-Free SocietyChris Rosesave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Edible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Amespage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri MerhavUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankePG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin Strausserror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Automatic thought transcriptionself-revising paperAylin Yener
Automatic Theorem ProverNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlettnested empty syndrome
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Portal to parallel universeSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiMFB = CRB
Set of all theoremsSae-Young ChungMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohenseeing glasses for blind
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
Decompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav50 hours dayHANZHONG LIU
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
Multi Dimensional Recording Codebaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
high-hanging elderberry picker with beak42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduA practical theoremDavid Tse
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuPhasebookNeri Merhav
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
In formation theoryNeri Merhavleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
logic potionVivek Borkarsub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavError Correction Homework
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Unstable FootnotesAnant Sahaiautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
Horse CodesQin HuangAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard WeselWireless Friction Device
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Lensless cameraAhmed Kirmanirewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
Exponents with impactYonatan Kaspisleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
48-hours daysITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerŘyvind YtrehusIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
City CTLin ZhangTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterlicontinuous-time one-hop channels
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Disparity check codesIlya DumerMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
Thyme machineSalim El RouayhebEternal youth serum
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
Invention generatorRon GrahamDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
(practically) practical theoryEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivanflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
Clonal teleportationShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
cancer eradication pillGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
Self-entertained childNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchimu*
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
what does make differenceFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yenerspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
ITIPUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Power-generating cloudYi LuGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry Gibsoncapacity region plotter
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyPoser CodesAman Bhatia
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarBATS
Universal single-letterizerJun ChenTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli ChaghooshiFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Write-Only JournalUgo Vaccarobicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Uninventable InventionPrakash Ishwarsubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
White-noise estimationSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
Bigg dataAman BhatiaDifferentially private flitering
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tausteℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Knowledge Transfer MachineDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry PfisterDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi CheraghchiLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
President RomneyPaul CuffChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
NatcoinSae-Young ChungRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
nite Whaussian goiseblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegGamma*
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Self-correcting TrackerHossein RoufarshbafBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiBiological big data representations
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg PottieOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadMusac CancellerMichael Honig
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiNew technology's old root
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Convexity detectorWei Yucompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
uncompressed nonsensingGalen Reevesresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Faceboogle++Petar Popovskilettuce codesYair Yona
NP-to-P converterSae-Young ChungSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
I whisperTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
self-consoling grad studentAylin Yener4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
compressed hypothesis testingDe Bruijn Topology
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateAutomatic Eureka Generator
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williamsone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna SahaIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
radiant descentPhilippe RigolletQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
FadebookNeri MerhavAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
Superabsorbing spongeEzio Biglierisave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
graph-based car-key searchAdam Williamsonq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
information-frictionsuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
Terror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswiecksource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowStrategy for medium interference
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarITLinQSalman Avestimehr
Smart-aleck phoneNeri Merhavanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
gzip-itaTara Javidi