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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
uncompressed nonsensingGalen Reevespocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
Self-entertained childOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Automatic Eureka GeneratorCooperative JammingAylin Yener
capacity region plotterJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Universal single-letterizerJun ChenBibliography Auto-Assembly
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothAutomatic Theorem Prover
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregasmu*
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletPhasebookNeri Merhav
Alien DNA DetectorChris Rose24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
De Bruijn TopologySelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
Self-designing optimal codeAria NosratiniaIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiITLinQSalman Avestimehr
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagiinformation-friction
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeClonal teleportation
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinGamma*
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
BELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri MerhavPoser CodesAman Bhatia
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchimiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyarno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
ITIPMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerInstantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerI whisper
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethError Correction Homework
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
50 hours dayHanzhong Liuhigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
Automatic thought transcriptionThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyStrategy for medium interference
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhangwhat does make difference
Differentially private fliteringRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiCoffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski
Bigg dataAman BhatiaA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
Drive-through parkingMartin HaenggiNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
Universal derandomizerEyal En-Gadq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskyInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-Davidresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
(practically) practical theoryNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhaviPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowCity CTLin Zhang
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavMFB = CRB
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
One Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazerhuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Face-lift keying modulatorNeri MerhavSuper-optimal receiverNeri Merhav
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Eternal youth serumorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongUniversal Date RistortionYonatan Kaspi
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergradubaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
zero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
nite Whaussian goiseGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniDeep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalar
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
FadebookNeri MerhavSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi GaneshIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao Licompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarCorrelated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
radiant descentPhilippe RigolletautonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfister
NP-to-P converterSae-Young ChungWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhavanonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Automatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard JorswieckParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyAutomatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
page limit annihilatorCsaba SzepesvariP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussWireless Friction Device
Lyapunov Function FinderAli KhanaferArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavHorse CodesQin Huang
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory Pottie
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshilogic potionVivek Borkar
Turbo ToadsAman BhatiaNatcoinSae-Young Chung
lettuce codesYair YonaUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Seriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian SchlegelAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
continuous-time one-hop channelsbicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniA practical theoremDavid Tse
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Multi Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrachtiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateMoisturizing Graphical Models
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
sleep workingArash Saber Tehrani56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Disparity check codesIlya DumerTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Portal to parallel universeBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchinon-Shannon-type
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohensubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchisparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavCorrelation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costasource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoDiversity codingEnder Ayanoglu
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbankecancer eradication pill
48-hours daysError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasSign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiro
Knowledge Transfer MachineHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
self-revising paperAylin YenerITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
Biological big data representationsConvexity detectorWei Yu
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksalgzip-itaTara Javidi
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeronsub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
World Cup winnerGonzalo MateosSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos StamatiouShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluPower-generating cloudYi Lu
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
compressed hypothesis testingPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
New technology's old rootHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerInvention generatorRon Graham
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberlycoding@network
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
Chairman of the BoardDaniel Costelloself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamBATS
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckElectric Ski BoatRobert Heath
Disinformation Theory Neri Merhavnested empty syndrome
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Self-extending deadlineTobias KochWhite-noise estimation
Teleportation for WaterAseem WadhwaHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
seeing glasses for blindCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
Sanity-check codeNeri Merhavblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi CheraghchiNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
PG-13 glassesAnanda SureshSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Musac CancellerMichael Honigsuperluminal communication systemAydin Sezgin
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Teleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire