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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
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymothcontinuous-time one-hop channels
Automated FAT-solverMahdi CheraghchiBigg dataAman Bhatia
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Automatic Eureka GeneratorBibTex glovesOfer Shayevitz
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchianonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Shallow LearningPhilippe RigolletIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhavmiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
non-Shannon-type50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
Convexity detectorWei Yuwhat does make difference
Auto-correcting examRuediger UrbankeThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoski42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Wireless Friction DeviceSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Privacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha SankarPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavBiological big data representations
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry Gibson48-hours days
Joint horse-camel clothingJonathan ScarlettLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
faulty-logic correcting logicYao LiMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Faceboogle++Petar Popovskicompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Coding for network failuresEnder AyanogluWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Eau de Mac AirChristina Fragoulipocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalNP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung
Image denoser (photoshop)Neri MerhavRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosUnstable FootnotesAnant Sahai
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
uncompressed nonsensingGalen Reevesrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Shannon waterparkPulkit GroverError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zoisspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Differentially private fliteringInvention generatorRon Graham
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
MFB = CRBcapacity region plotter
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradePG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
Self-designing optimal codeAria NosratiniaDiscreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav
nite Whaussian goiseTPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarI whisper
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri MerhavAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
coding@networksparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry PfisterFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
Automatic Theorem Proversave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman BhatiaUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio QuerTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
q-ary English ChannelMahdi CheraghchiSpeculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiKnowledge Transfer Machine
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiTheorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind Ytrehus
Sanity-check codeNeri Merhavlaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
NatcoinSae-Young ChungAutomatic thought transcription
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
logic potionVivek BorkarPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motani
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Songself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri Merhav
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiProof deconvolverAnand Sarwate
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
sleep workingArash Saber Tehranipage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiBATS
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergraduDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver SteegHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
information-frictionSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoudsubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerCompressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlett
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
gzip-itaTara JavidiCantor dust collectorChicheng Zhang
Sabbatical yearMarcelo FirerMusac CancellerMichael Honig
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave ForneyInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregasblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
A practical theoremDavid TseAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Chairman of the BoardDaniel Costello4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
compressed hypothesis testingDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
Alias codesKannan RamchandranOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasPower-generating cloudYi Lu
Universal Self-Checking ExamYossef SteinbergRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskySchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
Self-accepting paperLorenzo Covielloone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseClonal teleportation
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
City CTLin Zhanglettuce codesYair Yona
Decompressed nonsenseNeri Merhavresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro RibeiroLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyRadio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy Yates
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i FabregasJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i FabregasError Correction Homework
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael HonigMoisturizing Graphical Models
Turbo ToadsAman BhatiaPoser CodesAman Bhatia
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaUseful Latex Error MessagesOliver Kosut
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil KaramchandaniNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna SahaOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniWhite-noise estimation
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
radiant descentPhilippe RigolletWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli Khanafer56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhavsub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory Pottie
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavHorse CodesQin Huang
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchinested empty syndrome
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
self-revising paperAylin YenerGambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
New technology's old rootITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
PhasebookNeri MerhavITIP
seeing glasses for blindGamma*
Disinformation Theory Neri MerhavEternal youth serum
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskyAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleonisource-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee
mu*Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelCooperative JammingAylin Yener
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Set of all theoremsSae-Young Chungcancer eradication pill
Secret-Free SocietyChris RoseBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
tiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadehno-light optical imagingVivek Goyal
Self-entertained childStrong TropicalityIlan Shomorony
Strategy for medium interferencePortal to parallel universe
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Bibliography Auto-AssemblyChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Intuitive EmacsNachikethas JagadeesanRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song(practically) practical theory
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer ShayevitzTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
Correlation/Causation DetectorAria NosratiniaUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Startup-to-exit converterNeri MerhavSpectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieck
FadebookNeri MerhavMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrDe Bruijn Topology
ITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri MerhavDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
graph-based car-key searchAdam Williamson