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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
News-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honigpage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
Imaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin MostofiCorrelation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia
Portal to parallel universeShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
Musac CancellerMichael HonigError-collecting codesIlya Dumer
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandaniwhat does make difference
self-cleaning deskRandall BerryEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanAutomatic Theorem Prover
bicylotomic error correctionJoe BuhlerAnti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S Ranganathan
Automatic thought transcriptionNERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri Merhav
56K modemEnder AyanogluFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
Mathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i FabregasIEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri Merhav
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu Madhowrewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-David
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin AeronPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
I whisperDecompressed nonsenseNeri Merhav
seeing glasses for blindMAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitz
Poser CodesAman BhatiaChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
Psychiatric PenicillinChris RoseInfinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep Pradhan
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesITLinQSalman Avestimehr
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavPhasebookNeri Merhav
Unary symmetric channel coderMartin StraussLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
Gamma*Gambling patchAshkan Jafarpour
Neural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-WilliamsJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Horse CodesQin HuangTransmitter without Message InformationBobak Nazer
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
Biological big data representationsFFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhav
AND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forneyflavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire Monteleoni
Secret-Free SocietyChris RoseiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
Knowledge Transfer Machineresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
Universal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli KhanaferPrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseITA Invention GeneratorGokul Sridharan
q-ary English ChannelMahdi CheraghchiImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
lettuce codesYair YonaInvention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon No
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyEternal youth serum
blackboard to latex translatorSahand NegahbanError Correction Homework
cancer eradication pillorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Self-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop SongOptimization-pessimization algorithmNeri Merhav
Terror-correcting codesArya MazumdarPolar vortex codesRamji Venkataramanan
no-light optical imagingVivek GoyalDisparity check codesIlya Dumer
compressed hypothesis testingFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiError-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop Song
superluminal communication systemAydin Sezgininformation-friction
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianIs-it-worth-it meterMichael O'Sullivan
high-hanging elderberry picker with beakNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory PottieGeneralized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevBug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatiou
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat AnantharamWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffDifferentially private flitering
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
Alias codesKannan RamchandranTasty supercomputerDayu Huang
Negative calorie pizzaLorenzo CovielloIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiPatch that makes Windows workMahdi Cheraghchi
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberShan non-theoryNeri Merhav
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathError Creating CodesMahdi Cheraghchi
Write-Only JournalUgo VaccaroPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
reviewer de-anonymizer Aylin YenerAutomatic best-paper generatorMahdi Cheraghchi
Algorithmic UniverseAndrew ViterbiLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RoseHearing the shape of a roomMartin Vetterli
Exponents with impactYonatan KaspiMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Non-Shannon theoryYoung-Han KimreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian KurkoskiDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Discreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i FabregasGF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathan
auto conjecture counter example finderAylin YenerWhite-noise estimation
Turbo ToadsAman BhatiaEdible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ames
Auto Cover Letter TailorizerAli KhanaferCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Coffee-to-invention converterNeri MerhavInvention generatorRon Graham
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i FabregasPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluPaper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao Barros
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi Cheraghchibaby sleep inducerRonit Bustin
Electric Ski BoatRobert Heathself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferUniversally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Anywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymothback-to-work memory autoloaderYao Li
Paper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
Provably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchicompressive proof checkerUpamanyu Madhow
Self-entertained childsubconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam Williamson
Discreet memoryless channelNeri MerhavLego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven Weber
De Bruijn TopologyWrite-Only-MemoryShashi Borade
Parking Lot Search TreeMahdi CheraghchiBed-to-Office TransporterMahdi Cheraghchi
A practical theoremDavid TseBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Superabsorbing spongeEzio BiglieriShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush Divsalaranonymous referee identifierVivek Borkar
Capacity over-achieving codesYanina ShkelLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
self-revising paperAylin YenerAutomatic Eureka Generator
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiHypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Auto-correcting examRuediger Urbankeco-author cooperative jammers Aylin Yener
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
Confrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg ShakhnarovichPaper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao Barros
QuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quersave-load in real worldChicheng Zhang
On-the-go sensingJayakrishnan UnnikrishnanAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Eau de DeadlineChristina FragouliBandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond Moberly
zero-blocklength analysisYuval KochmanChips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
City CTLin ZhangAuto-prescription glassesNaumaan Nayyar
capacity region plotterConvexity detectorWei Yu
4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han KimJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
continuous-time one-hop channelsAuto bound tightenerYonatan Kaspi
Autonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak RubinNew technology's old root
Special CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregasmu*
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluWireless Friction Device
Irreproducible result generatorAlfred HeroFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi CheraghchiRAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri Merhav
MiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval CassutoSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
Rejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakismiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
Wireless WireMahdi CheraghchiPG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
Flying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Leesub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan Scarlettfaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
sleep workingArash Saber TehraniFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
Self-Correcting PoliticianChris RoseBATS
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob Ohannessiantiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonSelf-designing optimal codeAria Nosratinia
SSD Brain ImplantFarzad FarnoudITA Invention InventorWael Halbawi
Counter-example generatorNeri MerhavBibliography Auto-Assembly
NP-to-P converterSae-Young ChungBuffoon's NeedleSudeep Kamath
Pudding TheoryArya MazumdarFaceboogle++Petar Popovski
nite Whaussian goiseNatcoinSae-Young Chung
Clonal teleportationpocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
logic potionVivek BorkarDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry PfisterHolographic kissingUpamanyu Madhow
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferRational Pool PumpSean Meyn
Joint source/channel codingEnder Ayanogluradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
Compressed JunkingShayan GaraniUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonSchrödinger's DogMahdi Cheraghchi
IID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri MerhavUniversal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chen
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman BhatiaSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Jetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i FabregasJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasA method and apparatusBrendan Frey
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergMIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri Merhav
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
Invention generator generatorRon GrahamMoisturizing Graphical Models
Good student cloning machineJoerg Kliewergzip-itaTara Javidi
(practically) practical theoryQoS - Quality of SandwichKobi Cohen
Beautiful Proof GeneratorAli KhanaferGirlfriend's mood decoderAdria Tauste
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
President RomneyPaul CuffSelf-accepting paperLorenzo Coviello
Uninventable InventionPrakash IshwarStrategy for medium interference
Mining Big GiraffesDimitris PapailiopoulosPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
Bluff-Markov encoderNeri MerhavSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Misinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu BlochWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Power-generating cloudYi LuBigg dataAman Bhatia
Optimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand KadheHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Smart-aleck phoneNeri MerhavA world delayed by a weekAlon Orlitsky
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi Cheraghchi50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
ITIPContributed Inventions EvaluatorToby Berger
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon Lee42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda Suresh
Mrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep KamathStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
Honey Badger CodesMaxim Raginsky48-hours days
Spectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard JorswieckDream-to-reality converterNeri Merhav
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad Santhanamcoding@network
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenThinking CameraSangkeun Lee
In formation theoryNeri MerhavCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
FadebookNeri Merhavspace-filling tree seedlingsChicheng Zhang
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna SahaCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro RibeiroMFB = CRB
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzBSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Universal derandomizerEyal En-Gadnon-Shannon-type
P = NPDaphney-Stavroula ZoisWireless WiresharkNeri Merhav
Automated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchiℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Sanity-check codeNeri Merhaverror-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre Koksal
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianAutomated Cat HerderDavid Lisuk
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant SahaiOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusFinite-duration test matchesJayadev Acharya
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Universal causality detectorCharles ElkanOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul MotaniMemoryless hard diskNeri Merhav
human fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon LeeCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Faculty meeting in a barMingyan LiuNSA-proof Coding TheoryYue Li
Los Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Weselsparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
nested empty syndromeNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
Intelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice CostaAyurvedic elixir for instant undergradu
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaSelf-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbaf
Coffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth