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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
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGreg Pottie
gzip-itaTara JavidiGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourA practical theoremDavid Tse
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathCity CTLin Zhang
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
self-cleaning deskRandall Berrycompressed hypothesis testing
Self-entertained childHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhavnested empty syndrome
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Good student cloning machineJoerg Kliewersubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
q-ary English ChannelMahdi CheraghchiEternal youth serum
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
coding@networkSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
New technology's old rootDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
uncompressed nonsensingGalen Reeves4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
Biological big data representationsCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
Wireless WireMahdi CheraghchiITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarBigg dataAman Bhatia
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
Universal single-letterizerJun Chen48-hours days
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
Power-generating cloudYi Lupocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
blackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukHorse CodesQin Huang
Automatic Invention CreatorLav VarshneyDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Knowledge Transfer Machinebicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniNatcoinSae-Young Chung
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
FadebookNeri MerhavTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
In formation theoryNeri MerhavBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
Write-Only JournalUgo Vaccaroerror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Clonal teleportationgraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriPatch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchi
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
PhasebookNeri Merhavseeing glasses for blind
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Automatic Theorem ProverError Correction Homework
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna SahaAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimAutomatic thought transcription
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
Shan non-theoryNeri Merhav(practically) practical theory
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchiwhat does make difference
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofiinformation-friction
Wireless Friction DeviceUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskyPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanaferresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Set of all theoremsSae-Young ChungSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-Davidco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Differentially private fliteringSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Auto-correcting examRuediger Urbankebaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
Gamma*Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanMusac CancellerMichael Honig
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Poser CodesAman BhatiaStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
self-revising paperAylin Yenersource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanPortal to parallel universe
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi CheraghchiSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaITIP
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Polar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yenerlogic potionVivek Borkar
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviellocontinuous-time one-hop channels
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratiniaone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
nite Whaussian goiseautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Turbo ToadsAman BhatiaLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinbergradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
50 hours dayHANZHONG LIUFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin VetterliDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard WeselFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckAutomatic Eureka Generator
cancer eradication pillCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
MFB = CRBcapacity region plotter
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriWhite-noise estimation
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitzfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
City-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi CheraghchiMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
Multi Dimensional Recording CodePsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Write-Only-MemoryShashi Boradeanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazerno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Error-collecting codesIlya Dumerspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Self-designing optimal codeAria NosratiniaPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred Herotiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
I whisperPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Disparity check codesIlya DumerBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiConvexity detectorWei Yu
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleonisave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Brownian CommotionSudeep Kamathsub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosBATS
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerStrategy for medium interference
Disinformation Theory Neri Merhavsleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckInvention generatorRon Graham
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
mu*lettuce codesYair Yona
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
ITLinQSalman Avestimehrcompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
Counter-example generatorNeri Merhavnon-Shannon-type
De Bruijn TopologyAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
reButtlerAryeh Kontorovich