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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
FadebookNeri MerhavBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
law of large slumbersVivek Borkar50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyWireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhow
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam WilliamsonSpectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieck
ITIPAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerDe Bruijn Topology
Alias codesKannan RamchandranFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniPortal to parallel universe
Memoryless hard diskNeri MerhavLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeCity CTLin Zhang
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanA practical theoremDavid Tse
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu MadhowDifferentially private flitering
non-Shannon-typeHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
Gamma*Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleberlogic potionVivek Borkar
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamsonanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Biological big data representationsfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
MFB = CRBReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
White-noise estimationPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Joint source/channel codingEnder AyanogluBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Network failure recoveryEnder AyanogluIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchisub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Chairman of the BoardDaniel CostelloUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
PhasebookNeri MerhavZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay KumarHorse CodesQin Huang
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
Error Correction HomeworkDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Conference deadline extenderLorenzo CovielloExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
cancer eradication pillUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangBibliography Auto-Assembly
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry PfisterCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
mu*sleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
Set of all theoremsSae-Young ChungBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhavmiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
Self-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbafsave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna SahaAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Leegzip-itaTara Javidi
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseBrain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhavcompressed hypothesis testing
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
Low-emission Green machineIlya Dumerauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusKnowledge Transfer Machine
Error-collecting codesIlya Dumerself-revising paperAylin Yener
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Disparity check codesIlya DumerSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
High-Energy State-SplitterBrian MarcusIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskyAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharyaco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Automatic Theorem Proverback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
lettuce codesYair YonaNew technology's old root
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
Smart-aleck phoneNeri Merhavreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Finite-steak machineNeri MerhavDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
BATSITLinQSalman Avestimehr
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergMulti Dimensional Recording Code
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathanhigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelPower-generating cloudYi Lu
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri MerhavDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankePraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Lensless cameraAhmed Kirmanihuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman BhatiaGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Musac CancellerMichael HonigStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
Automatic Invention CreatorLav VarshneyHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesClonal teleportation
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzStrategy for medium interference
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharyatiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
Camel-proof needle eyeEzio BiglieriPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichPatch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchi
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory Pottie
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
I whisperSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
resealable banana peelPaul SiegelShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeConvexity detectorWei Yu
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenEternal youth serum
radiant descentPhilippe Rigolletcapacity region plotter
Thyme machineSalim El Rouayhebℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Piano Roll Manuscript StorerCorrelation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavAutomatic thought transcription
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
Brownian CommotionSudeep Kamathsuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
continuous-time one-hop channelsAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel48-hours days
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
q-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchicoding@network
Spread speck roomNeri Merhavnested empty syndrome
Operational Meaning GeneratorEduard JorswieckLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Cantor dust collectorChicheng Zhangwhat does make difference
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
Automatic Eureka GeneratorLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chenseeing glasses for blind
NatcoinSae-Young ChungOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanogluno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidMoisturizing Graphical Models
bicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler(practically) practical theory
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiEmpathy BeamJustin Pearson
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
reButtlerAryeh Kontorovichpage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Wireless WireMahdi CheraghchiPoser CodesAman Bhatia
Self-entertained childautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
Invention generatorRon Grahamnite Whaussian goise
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Wireless Friction DeviceSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
Funny nonsense generatorNeri Merhavzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
information-frictionEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Bigg dataAman BhatiaSanity-check codeNeri Merhav
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
Coding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu