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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
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin AeronNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchisave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Biological big data representationsflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
In formation theoryNeri MerhavCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Eternal youth serumtiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
capacity region plotterPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi ChenAutomatic thought transcription
Shan non-theoryNeri Merhavwhat does make difference
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesanreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
logic potionVivek Borkarresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Bigg dataAman BhatiaPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Turbo ToadsAman BhatiaSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhaverror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Teleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire48-hours days
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
nested empty syndromeHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiWireless Friction Device
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviellono-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuClonal teleportation
City CTLin Zhangnite Whaussian goise
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
gzip-itaTara JavidiOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
BATSBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Sabbatical yearMarcelo Firer56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
coding@networkBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudSpectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieck
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
Portal to parallel universeNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
ITA Invention InventorWael Halbawiblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
q-ary English ChannelMahdi CheraghchiNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankeSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo Covielloradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangBibliography Auto-Assembly
seeing glasses for blindImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiGamma*
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaSelf-entertained child
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffMulti Dimensional Recording Code
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha(practically) practical theory
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda SureshA practical theoremDavid Tse
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchicancer eradication pill
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam WilliamsonCorrelation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia
Strategy for medium interferencePaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Lensless cameraAhmed Kirmani'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
De Bruijn TopologyAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
mu*Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisKnowledge Transfer Machine
non-Shannon-typePoser CodesAman Bhatia
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcusrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavWhite-noise estimation
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian50 hours dayHANZHONG LIU
Differentially private fliteringShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg Pottie
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowMFB = CRB
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Songself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeI whisper
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli ChaghooshiTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Musac CancellerMichael Honigleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
PG-13 glassesAnanda Sureshcompressed hypothesis testing
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Automatic Eureka GeneratorBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Invention generatorRon GrahamTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Coding for network failuresEnder Ayanogluself-revising paperAylin Yener
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianNew technology's old root
sleep workingArash Saber TehraniCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
NatcoinSae-Young ChungSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
information-frictionUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
page limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvarilettuce codesYair Yona
Memoryless hard diskNeri MerhavITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluITIP
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Schrödinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongError Correction Homework
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Jensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitzsparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Songlaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yenerself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
Automated Cat HerderDavid Lisukcompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
Disparity check codesIlya DumerLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
Power-generating cloudYi Lucontinuous-time one-hop channels
Horse CodesQin HuangFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginskyback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
Automatic Theorem ProverWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi CheraghchiCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
PhasebookNeri MerhavContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerFadebookNeri Merhav
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin MostofiError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferConvexity detectorWei Yu
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Sureshsub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Self-correcting TrackerHossein RoufarshbafAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
bicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler