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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
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesUniversal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef Steinberg
pocket grand pianoPaul SiegelAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Superabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieriwhat does make difference
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
LOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri MerhavInvention generatorRon Graham
Holographic kissingUpamanyu MadhowSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
Jensen direction reverserOfer ShayevitzReviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin Aeron
ITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger UrbankeMarkov Chain Monty PythonSudeep Kamath
MFB = CRBsubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costanested empty syndrome
Schrödinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
Food DownloaderNavid NaderializadehPermanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharam
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
City CTLin ZhangSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
Shannon limit breaking modemEnder AyanogluAutomatic paper-writing keyboardKobi Cohen
Enlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim RaginskyCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Coffee making coffee cupTor HellesethStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
Rejuvenation CodesAlex DimakisBigger DataMesrob Ohannessian
Universal single-letterizerJun Chenautomagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanam
self-revising paperAylin YenerITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Bigg dataAman BhatiaCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnanback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
capacity region plotterPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerMulti Dimensional Recording Code
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarLaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessian
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiMake-no-mistake codesIlya Dumer
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiSpread speck roomNeri Merhav
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson PlymothHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Praesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara JavidiPredictive trellis source codingEnder Ayanoglu
Error Correction HomeworkArrow-of-time reverterNeri Merhav
Faceboogle++Petar PopovskiUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Differentially private fliteringPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
ITIPJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
Thyme machineSalim El RouayhebSecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Self-accepting paperLorenzo Coviellohuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Paper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikantlettuce codesYair Yona
Low Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu TyagiAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
Cat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchiself-cleaning deskRandall Berry
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongNatcoinSae-Young Chung
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon Noauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Lensless cameraAhmed KirmaniProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Moisturizing Graphical ModelsSelf-entertained child
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyKnowledge Transfer Machine
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeiroone bit memory stickDavid Neuhoff
Drive-through parkingMartin Haenggipage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
miscommunication capacityPulkit GroverDot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandani
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferDeadline Saving TimeAman Bhatia
Clonal teleportationAcoustic Silence GeneratorIvan Tashev
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeeAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri MerhavA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
High Q Humor FilterHimanshu TyagiBeer Filling AlgorithmMahdi Cheraghchi
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
nite Whaussian goiseDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Automatic Theorem Proversleep workingArash Saber Tehrani
White-noise estimationWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Sanity-check codeNeri MerhavAutomatic Eureka Generator
no-light optical imagingVivek Goyalresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesA practical theoremDavid Tse
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrGoogle maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchi
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregasblackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahban
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanGamma*
Proof deconvolverAnand Sarwatehigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir SalimiAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
(practically) practical theoryIn formation theoryNeri Merhav
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeSelf-Updating Literature ReviewAli Khanafer
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Electric Ski BoatRobert Heathco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Eternal youth serumUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
De Bruijn TopologyBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchisub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
ℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi CheraghchiBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutAlien DNA DetectorChris Rose
GF(12)Sudarsan V S RanganathanTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
NP-to-P converterSae-Young Chungradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavAutomatic thought transcription
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Horse CodesQin HuangMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
information-frictionConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniNever ending toilet paper rollJayadev Acharya
faulty-logic correcting logicYao Libicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry PfisterTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Warning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli ChaghooshiPresident RomneyPaul Cuff
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimBibliography Auto-Assembly
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyZero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop Song
Good student cloning machineJoerg KliewerPhasebookNeri Merhav
cancer eradication pillLow-emission Green machineIlya Dumer
Unstable FootnotesAnant Sahai4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
NERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri MerhavShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Wireless Friction DeviceThe Shape Of InformationSuresh Venkatasubramanian
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan LeeUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
Poser CodesAman BhatiaDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
One Weird Converse TrickBobak NazerConvexity detectorWei Yu
gzip-itaTara Javidilaw of large slumbersVivek Borkar
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiUltraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchi
FadebookNeri MerhavOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
sparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhowcoding@network
Handwriting to LaTeX converterAaron WagnerFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Eau de Mac AirChristina FragouliAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Bergerspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin MostofiChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
Power-generating cloudYi LuCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuShannon RNA AssemblerSreeram Kannan
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
logic potionVivek Borkarseeing glasses for blind
48-hours daysUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger UrbankeCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniNew technology's old root
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
Strategy for medium interferenceChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
56K modemEnder AyanogluDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
organic, light-emitting dogeAdam WilliamsonPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Compressed JunkingShayan Garani24-Hour Energy DrinkAman Bhatia
BATSJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Jet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumarbaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
Automated Cat HerderDavid Lisukleft handed coffee cupMassimo Franceschetti
self-consoling grad studentAylin YenerShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
Universal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeganonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberCorrelation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasMusac CancellerMichael Honig
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananBroken-symmetry repairing glueMichael Kleber
Portal to parallel universeAlias codesKannan Ramchandran
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
tiny DataEhsan EbrahimzadehWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
FTP - False Theorem ProverNeri MerhavWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavBrownian CommotionSudeep Kamath
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelI whisper
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterlisave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
mu*Fast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
Automatic Invention CreatorLav Varshneynon-Shannon-type
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
iPed, iPid, and iPudErtem TuncelTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
compressed hypothesis testingUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
continuous-time one-hop channelsGrant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory Pottie
Dropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev AcharyaUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
Dream-to-reality converterNeri Merhavrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
q-ary English ChannelMahdi CheraghchiError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Biological big data representationsMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
Funny nonsense generatorNeri MerhavAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
reButtlerAryeh KontorovichSan Diego Weather WorldwideBarna Saha
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Edible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie AmesSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseHoney Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky
Paper discoverability Nebojsa JojicBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Set of all theoremsSae-Young Chung