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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
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna SahaFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
President RomneyPaul CuffJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckClonal teleportation
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Gambling patchAshkan Jafarpouranonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhavresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchicontinuous-time one-hop channels
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavDe Bruijn Topology
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
Error Correction HomeworkAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Portal to parallel universeDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanStrategy for medium interference
save-load in real worldChicheng Zhangsource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Biological big data representationsConvexity detectorWei Yu
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav48-hours days
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Automatic Theorem ProverWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
New technology's old rootLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam WilliamsonNatcoinSae-Young Chung
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehBibliography Auto-Assembly
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Liautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitzerror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Memoryless hard diskNeri MerhavHorse CodesQin Huang
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
Thyme machineSalim El RouayhebGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhavcompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
Moisturizing Graphical Models24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
compressed hypothesis testingInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
cancer eradication pillSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Automatic Invention CreatorLav Varshneyuncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Songflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
what does make differenceFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
Edible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie AmesEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
One Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer50 hours dayHANZHONG LIU
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhancapacity region plotter
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Write-Only JournalUgo Vaccarosub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
seeing glasses for blindGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg Pottie
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterlileft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
Universal single-letterizerJun Chenback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhavmu*
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelI whisper
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
Invention generatorRon Grahambicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchilogic potionVivek Borkar
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
pocket grand pianoPaul Siegelnite Whaussian goise
radiant descentPhilippe RigolletFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferPhasebookNeri Merhav
Deadline Saving TimeAman Bhatiagraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregasnon-Shannon-type
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrachauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Dyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda SureshSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhowq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Schrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevWireless Friction Device
In formation theoryNeri MerhavFadebookNeri Merhav
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarMFB = CRB
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
(practically) practical theoryCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
White-noise estimationError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
Differentially private fliteringSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chensleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
Exponents with impactYonatan Kaspispace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheITIP
Bigg dataAman Bhatiaself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Compressed JunkingShayan Garaniself-revising paperAylin Yener
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelEternal youth serum
Knowledge Transfer MachineShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro RibeiroGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisSelf-entertained child
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
lettuce codesYair YonaCity CTLin Zhang
Secret-Free SocietyChris RoseHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathanone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
Automatic Eureka Generatorself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimAutomatic thought transcription
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhavsparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
information-frictionPoser CodesAman Bhatia
Teleportation DeviceNamratha Vedirenested empty syndrome
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin AeronWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
gzip-itaTara JavidiElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry Gibsonfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhavmiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohenlaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
Spread speck roomNeri Merhavrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckMusac CancellerMichael Honig
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
Piano Roll Manuscript Storersuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
A practical theoremDavid TsePsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Power-generating cloudYi LuUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
Gamma*Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
Teleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa