Home Organization Outline Talks Activities Logistics Participants Sponsors

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

Click here to vote for your favorite videos.

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

Click here to vote for your favorite videos.

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
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettKnowledge Transfer Machine
White-noise estimationGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg Pottie
Wireless Friction DeviceGamma*
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrPortal to parallel universe
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Error Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchiseeing glasses for blind
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi50 hours dayHANZHONG LIU
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavDifferentially private flitering
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
ITIPFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
Thyme machineSalim El RouayhebCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiBibliography Auto-Assembly
Coffee making coffee cupTor Hellesethzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
A practical theoremDavid TseHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
capacity region plotterRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
coding@networkBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
compressed hypothesis testingPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Sahasubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
self-revising paperAylin YenerInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerStrategy for medium interference
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Blochrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda SureshPoser CodesAman Bhatia
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
radiant descentPhilippe RigolletEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
nested empty syndromeUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
I whisperPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieribicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
information-frictionMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenAutomatic Theorem Prover
48-hours daysNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
lettuce codesYair YonaAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeEternal youth serum
sleep workingArash Saber TehraniTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhavmu*
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiMoisturizing Graphical Models
Bigg dataAman BhatiaBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
law of large slumbersVivek Borkarbaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
Schrödinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
Convexity detectorWei YuSelf-entertained child
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieckq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
what does make differenceGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe RigolletThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
Alias codesKannan RamchandranAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
Horse CodesQin HuangFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
NatcoinSae-Young ChungDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerCity CTLin Zhang
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryMusac CancellerMichael Honig
tiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadehanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Self-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbafresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
non-Shannon-typeGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Secret-Free SocietyChris RosePermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TaustePudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
President RomneyPaul CuffAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannanlogic potionVivek Borkar
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiAutomatic Eureka Generator
Biological big data representationsAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
56K modemEnder AyanogluJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
BATSSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
Invention generatorRon GrahamAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
uncompressed nonsensingGalen Reevesgzip-itaTara Javidi
Power-generating cloudYi LuUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
nite Whaussian goiseReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi CheraghchiLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Songback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
cancer eradication pillSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Super-optimal receiverNeri Merhavno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
Uninventable InventionPrakash IshwarWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskyBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasMFB = CRB
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry PfisterUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Clonal teleportationFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
PhasebookNeri Merhavsparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Cantor dust collectorChicheng Zhangsuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg(practically) practical theory
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Compressed JunkingShayan Garanicompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharyahuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Querco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Wireless WireMahdi Cheraghchiflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
continuous-time one-hop channelsNew technology's old root
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
Invention generator generatorRon Grahamspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettDe Bruijn Topology
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavFadebookNeri Merhav
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
In formation theoryNeri MerhavreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
Error Correction HomeworkAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiPatch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchi
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviellosource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiAutomatic thought transcription
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
save-load in real worldChicheng Zhang