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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
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadhereButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
Clonal teleportationUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
Edible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie AmesMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Unstable FootnotesAnant Sahaigraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Invention generator generatorRon Graham48-hours days
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankarwhat does make difference
miscommunication capacityPulkit Grovernon-Shannon-type
Automatic Invention CreatorLav VarshneyITLinQSalman Avestimehr
gzip-itaTara Javidiself-revising paperAylin Yener
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin VetterliAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
BATSsuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
President RomneyPaul CuffWireless Friction Device
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
Poser CodesAman Bhatianite Whaussian goise
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Exponents with impactYonatan Kaspicompressed hypothesis testing
Teleportation DeviceNamratha VedireAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiConvexity detectorWei Yu
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieckℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Universal causality detectorCharles Elkansubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchiinformation-friction
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-Davidseeing glasses for blind
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyITIP
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonAutomatic Eureka Generator
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharyasave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
White-noise estimationHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Self-entertained childInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberPortal to parallel universe
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferBigg dataAman Bhatia
lettuce codesYair Yonacoding@network
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamGamma*
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Strategy for medium interferenceInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
PhasebookNeri MerhavAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Secret-Free SocietyChris Rosetiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
56K modemEnder AyanogluFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankeUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
NatcoinSae-Young Chungself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Coffee making coffee cupTor Hellesethflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchicontinuous-time one-hop channels
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe RigolletBibliography Auto-Assembly
Invention generatorRon GrahamContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshispace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerHorse CodesQin Huang
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofihuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
logic potionVivek BorkarSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniFadebookNeri Merhav
capacity region plotterDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Error Correction HomeworkBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavAutomatic thought transcription
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafarone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Paper discoverability Nebojsa Jojicresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Schrödinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
Compressed JunkingShayan Garanisparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
Memoryless hard diskNeri Merhavhigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
uncompressed nonsensingGalen Reevescancer eradication pill
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarCity CTLin Zhang
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerMusac CancellerMichael Honig
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
nested empty syndromeFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcusleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
Eau de DeadlineChristina Fragoulibicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
NP-to-P converterSae-Young ChungEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo CovielloSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiDifferentially private flitering
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
(practically) practical theoryLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
radiant descentPhilippe Rigolletsleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Biological big data representationsKnowledge Transfer Machine
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
page limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvaribaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharyaco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Paper Shredder/SummarizerR. SrikantSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanI whisper
Power-generating cloudYi LuAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao Lisource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaEternal youth serum
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianDe Bruijn Topology
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalA practical theoremDavid Tse
New technology's old rootSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg PottieSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
no-light optical imagingVivek Goyalq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavAutomatic Theorem Prover
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi ChenRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumaranonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahaireviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
Thyme machineSalim El Rouayhebmu*
50 hours dayHanzhong LiuiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
MFB = CRBDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
Jensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz