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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
Memoryless hard diskNeri Merhav'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
Smart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav50 hours dayHANZHONG LIU
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinITIP
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussHorse CodesQin Huang
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Power-generating cloudYi LuGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Knowledge Transfer Machineauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathWhite-noise estimation
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaClonal teleportation
gzip-itaTara JavidiI whisper
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskySelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusA practical theoremDavid Tse
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverPortal to parallel universe
Cooperative JammingAylin Yenerflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglierisub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Shallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Sabbatical yearMarcelo Firergraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Eau de DeadlineChristina Fragoulierror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg PottieConvexity detectorWei Yu
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiAutomatic Theorem Prover
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradePermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
NP-to-P converterSae-Young Chungno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
New technology's old rootConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzFadebookNeri Merhav
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosPoser CodesAman Bhatia
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener(practically) practical theory
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiroback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiMusac CancellerMichael Honig
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
self-revising paperAylin Yenerleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Sanity-check codeNeri MerhavBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chenresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Set of all theoremsSae-Young ChungUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Self-entertained childArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiInvention generator generatorRon Graham
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitzlaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarDifferentially private flitering
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavWireless Friction Device
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskyParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamsoncoding@network
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangBibliography Auto-Assembly
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavBiological big data representations
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Dream-to-reality converterNeri Merhavmu*
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagicompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
De Bruijn TopologyPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
save-load in real worldChicheng Zhangspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Eternal youth serumzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoBATS
capacity region plotterLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettCity CTLin Zhang
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglunested empty syndrome
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Alias codesKannan RamchandranShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhavone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
lettuce codesYair YonaStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Self-designing optimal codeAria Nosratiniapage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
NatcoinSae-Young Chungcontinuous-time one-hop channels
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeITLinQSalman Avestimehr
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessianradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
Automatic Eureka GeneratorNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
seeing glasses for blindFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Disparity check codesIlya DumerAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
Paper Shredder/SummarizerR. SrikantWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Disinformation Theory Neri Merhavℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarError Correction Homework
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafernite Whaussian goise
Universal single-letterizerJun ChenSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofipocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
Strategy for medium interferenceBigg dataAman Bhatia
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharyacompressed hypothesis testing
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
reButtlerAryeh Kontorovich48-hours days
cancer eradication pillWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Edible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie AmesFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
Automatic thought transcriptionHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasMoisturizing Graphical Models
Automatic Invention CreatorLav VarshneySSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
logic potionVivek BorkarPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasInvention generatorRon Graham
Proof deconvolverAnand Sarwatetiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
Eau de Mac AirChristina Fragouliwhat does make difference
MFB = CRBTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
blackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahbanautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
non-Shannon-typeITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehusinformation-friction
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamathsleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman BhatiaShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-BachrachPhasebookNeri Merhav
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
Gamma*Predictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Bergerq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna SahaBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard JorswieckMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Coding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu