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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
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Poser CodesAman Bhatiacontinuous-time one-hop channels
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksaluncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steegwhat does make difference
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinbergmu*
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Disparity check codesIlya DumerZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
Spread speck roomNeri Merhavzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseBibliography Auto-Assembly
seeing glasses for blindBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanaferbaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Portal to parallel universefaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
NP-to-P converterSae-Young ChungDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
Sanity-check codeNeri MerhavDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitzflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Self-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinialaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Shallow LearningPhilippe Rigolletcoding@network
President RomneyPaul CuffLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaAutomatic Theorem Prover
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskySan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhavback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Universal single-letterizerJun ChenHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
non-Shannon-typeOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
compressed hypothesis testingCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakI whisper
Musac CancellerMichael HonigAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberDifferentially private flitering
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankePaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
sleep workingArash Saber Tehranisave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tausteanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Error Correction HomeworkError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavGamma*
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianA practical theoremDavid Tse
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo Covielloorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
MFB = CRBExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
cancer eradication pillspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiEternal youth serum
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavNew technology's old root
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangBATS
Invention generatorRon GrahamUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
(practically) practical theorymiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
gzip-itaTara JavidiSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Edible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie AmesGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory Pottie
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Teleportation DeviceNamratha VedireRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
logic potionVivek Borkarinformation-friction
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhowresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhavcompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
De Bruijn TopologyUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
nite Whaussian goisepocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
nested empty syndromeno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
Low-emission Green machineIlya Dumerpage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoskiℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimKnowledge Transfer Machine
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregasgraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Clonal teleportationProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerAutomatic thought transcription
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavWhite-noise estimation
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
Thyme machineSalim El Rouayheblettuce codesYair Yona
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumariPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam WilliamsonCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeSelf-entertained child
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusWireless Friction Device
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Schrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavBiological big data representations
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
q-ary English ChannelMahdi CheraghchiProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Power-generating cloudYi Lurewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
48-hours daysOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroHorse CodesQin Huang
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiCity CTLin Zhang
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Convexity detectorWei YuFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
ITIPFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
self-revising paperAylin YenerWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo Covielloautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathNatcoinSae-Young Chung
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Songsuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoudtiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
Strategy for medium interferenceSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
Bigg dataAman BhatiaFadebookNeri Merhav
capacity region plotterGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
radiant descentPhilippe RigolletPhasebookNeri Merhav
Write-Only JournalUgo Vaccaroself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard JorswieckEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri MerhavAutomatic Eureka Generator
sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe RigolletNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney