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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
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalITLinQSalman Avestimehr
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyHorse CodesQin Huang
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Strategy for medium interferenceInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
nite Whaussian goiseLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeMFB = CRB
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
BATSPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Alias codesKannan RamchandranTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesBigg dataAman Bhatia
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshCity CTLin Zhang
logic potionVivek BorkarAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelRetroactive email un-sendeSyed Jafar
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchiblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamsoncompressed hypothesis testing
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloBiological big data representations
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
information-frictionPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
nested empty syndromeCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Knowledge Transfer MachineCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianDifferentially private flitering
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
Counter-example generatorNeri Merhavanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieckseeing glasses for blind
Power-generating cloudYi LuConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Poser CodesAman BhatiaAutomatic thought transcription
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro RibeiroContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafererror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
In formation theoryNeri MerhavUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Memoryless hard diskNeri MerhavNatcoinSae-Young Chung
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
New technology's old rootChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchizero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
De Bruijn TopologyAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin Strausscapacity region plotter
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
Invention generatorRon Graham24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
Disparity check codesIlya DumerShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
A world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky48-hours days
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
lettuce codesYair YonaBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Portal to parallel universeAutomatic Theorem Prover
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerError Correction Homework
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchiself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhowflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RosePG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Gambling patchAshkan Jafarpourgzip-itaTara Javidi
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
Deadline Saving TimeAman Bhatiaauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
FadebookNeri MerhavTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Thyme machineSalim El RouayhebDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Universal single-letterizerJun Chencontinuous-time one-hop channels
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
NP-to-P converterSae-Young ChungUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Clonal teleportationThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbisave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
Self-designing optimal codeAria NosratiniaNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
Compressed JunkingShayan Garani'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
Convexity detectorWei YuDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosBibliography Auto-Assembly
GF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathanautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfisterresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Self-entertained childsleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
PhasebookNeri MerhavJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
(practically) practical theoryGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshinon-Shannon-type
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriWireless Friction Device
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
what does make differenceImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckAutomatic Eureka Generator
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathBooby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth Rose
Universal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspiself-revising paperAylin Yener
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi ChenPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
Self-extending deadlineTobias Kochradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory Pottie
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Exponents with impactYonatan Kaspicancer eradication pill
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
50 hours dayHanzhong LiuPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
Rational Pool PumpSean Meynbicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiA practical theoremDavid Tse
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonITIP
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer ShayevitzSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
sub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigolletmu*
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharyacoding@network
Secret-Free SocietyChris RoseUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Gamma*source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
I whisperOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
Eternal youth serumMoisturizing Graphical Models
q-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavMusac CancellerMichael Honig
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
White-noise estimationlaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
Uninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar