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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
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
MFB = CRBExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
Disinformation Theory Neri Merhavlaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Piano Roll Manuscript Storersuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonWhite-noise estimation
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhavfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo CovielloITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigFadebookNeri Merhav
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiAutomatic Theorem Prover
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharyapocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas48-hours days
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi CheraghchiInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavConvexity detectorWei Yu
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yenertiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Strategy for medium interferenceA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
President RomneyPaul Cuffnite Whaussian goise
Food DownloaderNavid Naderializadehℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
sleep workingArash Saber Tehranicapacity region plotter
Coffee making coffee cupTor Hellesethzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
Rejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakislogic potionVivek Borkar
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankeHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
Turbo ToadsAman Bhatialettuce codesYair Yona
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Self-designing optimal codeAria NosratiniaSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusPhasebookNeri Merhav
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Power-generating cloudYi LuCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
Eternal youth serumBibliography Auto-Assembly
Universal derandomizerEyal En-GadautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
56K modemEnder Ayanoglusave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Wireless WireMahdi Cheraghchicompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Teleportation DeviceNamratha VedireITIP
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna SahaUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barrosnon-Shannon-type
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
Poser CodesAman BhatiaPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafarmu*
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory PottieLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi CheraghchiCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
cancer eradication pill50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
NP-to-P converterSae-Young ChungAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiKnowledge Transfer Machine
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Sureshsave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
resealable banana peelPaul SiegelAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
Memoryless hard diskNeri MerhavBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
Bigg dataAman BhatiaPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris Rosecoding@network
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamAutomatic thought transcription
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhavcompressed hypothesis testing
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe RigolletBATS
gzip-itaTara Javidiq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
I whisperElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Holographic kissingUpamanyu Madhowrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
Clonal teleportationNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamDe Bruijn Topology
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
uncompressed nonsensingGalen Reevesgraph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson
A practical theoremDavid TseHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Rational Pool PumpSean Meynautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
Self-entertained childself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasWireless Friction Device
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskySuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Gamma*seeing glasses for blind
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratiniacontinuous-time one-hop channels
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashevsparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Linested empty syndrome
anonymous referee identifierVivek Borkarsubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Invention generatorRon GrahamSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
NatcoinSae-Young Chung(practically) practical theory
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavMusac CancellerMichael Honig
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
New technology's old rootMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimError Correction Homework
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard JorswieckIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
Uninventable InventionPrakash Ishwarself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhavhuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Horse CodesQin HuangArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Self-correcting TrackerHossein RoufarshbafLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Portal to parallel universeinformation-friction
City CTLin ZhangSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhavsource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
GF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathanradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
Biological big data representationsself-revising paperAylin Yener
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Differentially private fliteringSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Write-Only-MemoryShashi Boradeleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
what does make differenceCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi ChenTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
Automatic Eureka GeneratorAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
Alien DNA DetectorChris Rose