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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
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
NatcoinSae-Young ChungShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
City CTLin ZhangFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarConvexity detectorWei Yu
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
Bigg dataAman BhatiaAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
Automatic Invention CreatorLav VarshneyAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Biological big data representationserror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
mu*Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
Memoryless hard diskNeri MerhavProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
coding@networkLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Power-generating cloudYi LuDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhavnite Whaussian goise
Invention generatorRon GrahamFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin AeronSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
In formation theoryNeri MerhavAutomatic thought transcription
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiPhasebookNeri Merhav
Eternal youth serumInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
Good student cloning machineJoerg Kliewerfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Schrödinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiMusac CancellerMichael Honig
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Strategy for medium interferencePG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
sleep workingArash Saber Tehraniwhat does make difference
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochDifferentially private flitering
nested empty syndromeUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaPoser CodesAman Bhatia
Holographic kissingUpamanyu Madhowseeing glasses for blind
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
Secret-Free SocietyChris RoseDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Turbo ToadsAman Bhatiagraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
A practical theoremDavid TseAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
logic potionVivek BorkarKnowledge Transfer Machine
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasBATS
no-light optical imagingVivek Goyalsuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieckself-revising paperAylin Yener
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalarreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Auto-correcting examRuediger Urbankecapacity region plotter
Gamma*Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
Wireless Friction DeviceMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamathhuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymothq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro RibeiroSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
56K modemEnder AyanogluMFB = CRB
I whisperDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Portal to parallel universeError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
48-hours daysITIP
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory PottieSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Universal single-letterizerJun ChenITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanBibliography Auto-Assembly
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbankeinformation-friction
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao Lileft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesanspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchisave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi ChenShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Automatic Eureka GeneratorImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
non-Shannon-typeMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
(practically) practical theoryEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
radiant descentPhilippe RigolletSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
White-noise estimationAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
lettuce codesYair YonaPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi CheraghchiITLinQSalman Avestimehr
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhowself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradePiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Exponents with impactYonatan Kaspiresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
law of large slumbersVivek Borkarpocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
compressed hypothesis testingsub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Horse CodesQin HuangClonal teleportation
Discreet memoryless channelNeri Merhavcancer eradication pill
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin VetterliSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpouriPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Set of all theoremsSae-Young ChungPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchico-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
FadebookNeri Merhav50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
Low-emission Green machineIlya Dumersubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
New technology's old rootAutomatic Theorem Prover
miscommunication capacityPulkit Groverautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer ShayevitzBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
NP-to-P converterSae-Young ChungCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakDe Bruijn Topology
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
continuous-time one-hop channelsFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasSelf-entertained child
Error Correction HomeworkBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Sureshflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
gzip-itaTara JavidiThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin