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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
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidicontinuous-time one-hop channels
Self-correcting TrackerHossein RoufarshbafJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Secret-Free SocietyChris RoseGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
logic potionVivek BorkarSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbankeauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
Alias codesKannan Ramchandranno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
Sanity-check codeNeri MerhavautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Paper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
48-hours daysSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LireButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg Pottie
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregasbaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Paper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikantself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviellonon-Shannon-type
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
q-ary English ChannelMahdi CheraghchiMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
Eternal youth serum4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluPower-generating cloudYi Lu
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
White-noise estimationIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
seeing glasses for blindWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberITIP
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Memoryless hard diskNeri MerhavCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
nested empty syndromeCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
self-revising paperAylin YenerPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Horse CodesQin HuangCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Leesubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
56K modemEnder AyanogluNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Teleportation DeviceNamratha Vedirepage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Counter-example generatorNeri Merhavmu*
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
De Bruijn TopologyA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
compressed hypothesis testingLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Uninventable InventionPrakash Ishwarorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiAutomatic Eureka Generator
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
capacity region plotterA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
coding@networklaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
Clonal teleportationJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
MFB = CRBWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavConvexity detectorWei Yu
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
(practically) practical theoryAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiCity CTLin Zhang
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
radiant descentPhilippe RigolletAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochAutomatic Theorem Prover
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Invention generator generatorRon Grahamtiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharamsparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergBiological big data representations
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
NatcoinSae-Young ChungWireless Friction Device
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
BATSConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
cancer eradication pillEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniInvention generatorRon Graham
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoskileft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
gzip-itaTara JavidiWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
New technology's old rootArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehusbicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerITLinQSalman Avestimehr
I whisperMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda SureshQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
sleep workingArash Saber Tehranireviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
Error Correction HomeworkHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Self-entertained childuncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
Thinking CameraSangkeun Lee24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
what does make differenceAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
Universal derandomizerEyal En-Gadinformation-friction
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiGamma*
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangKnowledge Transfer Machine
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
resealable banana peelPaul SiegelOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Eau de Mac AirChristina Fragoulisuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Portal to parallel universeBigg dataAman Bhatia
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barrosone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
A practical theoremDavid TseZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncelsub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
FadebookNeri MerhavPoser CodesAman Bhatia
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberlyautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
Automatic thought transcriptionzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna SahaNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
lettuce codesYair YonaHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
Auto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspisource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatioupocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
Musac CancellerMichael HonigChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerPhasebookNeri Merhav
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
Differentially private fliteringCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
Strategy for medium interferenceFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymothnite Whaussian goise
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer