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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
Empathy BeamJustin PearsonDisinformation Theory Neri Merhav
Self-accepting paperLorenzo CovielloFood DownloaderNavid Naderializadeh
Buffoon's NeedleSudeep KamathTeleportation DeviceNamratha Vedire
ITLinQSalman AvestimehrTeleportation for WaterAseem Wadhwa
MIMO - My Invention Must OutperformNeri MerhavNetwork failure recoveryEnder Ayanoglu
sleep workingArash Saber TehraniChairman of the BoardDaniel Costello
self-revising paperAylin YenerMining Big GiraffesDimitris Papailiopoulos
Wireless dog whispererUpamanyu MadhowPaper Shredder/SummarizerR. Srikant
coding@networkcompressed hypothesis testing
Self-Updating Literature ReviewAli KhanaferHigh Q Humor FilterHimanshu Tyagi
Broken-symmetry repairing glueMichael KleberreButtlerAryeh Kontorovich
left handed coffee cupMassimo FranceschettiAutomatic Invention CreatorLav Varshney
Ultraviolet Screen of DeathMahdi CheraghchiSuperabsorbing spongeEzio Biglieri
Error Creating CodesMahdi CheraghchiWorld Cup winnerGonzalo Mateos
Patch that makes Windows workMahdi CheraghchiSet of all theoremsSae-Young Chung
superluminal communication systemAydin SezginDrive-through parkingMartin Haenggi
Bandwidth Ex-nihiloRaymond MoberlyStrategy for medium interference
Automatic Theorem ProverSelf-entertained child
Disparity check codesIlya DumerMisinformation-theoretic insecurityMatthieu Bloch
Beer Filling AlgorithmMahdi CheraghchiCounter-example generatorNeri Merhav
Tasty supercomputerDayu HuangJensen direction reverserOfer Shayevitz
Sanity-check codeNeri MerhavNatcoinSae-Young Chung
A practical theoremDavid TseMFB = CRB
Invention Transferring AggregationJong-Seon NoI whisper
Deadline Saving TimeAman BhatiaJet-Lag Erasure CodeP Vijay Kumar
space-filling tree seedlingsChicheng ZhangLOCO - Lightless Optical COmmunicationNeri Merhav
Lego Mathematical Theorem ProverSteven WeberNegative calorie pizzaLorenzo Coviello
cancer eradication pillRejuvenation CodesAlex Dimakis
Bigger DataMesrob OhannessianNews-to-Blues ComposerMichael Honig
Faceboogle++Petar Popovskiauto conjecture counter example finderAylin Yener
Deep Space Teleportation ApparatusDariush DivsalarShannon limit breaking modemEnder Ayanoglu
Coffee-to-theorem machineBrian Kurkoskiseeing glasses for blind
co-author cooperative jammers Aylin YenerSSD Brain ImplantFarzad Farnoud
A method and apparatusBrendan FreyOperational Meaning GeneratorEduard Jorswieck
Hearing the shape of a roomMartin VetterliExponents with impactYonatan Kaspi
Diversity codingEnder AyanogluSeriously Turbo-Loaded MotivationChristian Schlegel
Electric Ski BoatRobert HeathIntelligent Thesis AssemblerMaice Costa
Theorem-to-coffee decompilerØyvind YtrehusUniversal derandomizerEyal En-Gad
NSA-proof Coding TheoryYue LiPortal to parallel universe
LaTeX-Free PaperMesrob OhannessianCompressed JunkingShayan Garani
Google maps teleport buttonMahdi Cheraghchiwhat does make difference
source-selective mute machineSi-Hyeon LeeCoding for network failuresEnder Ayanoglu
Auto-prescription glassesNaumaan NayyarDifferentially private flitering
Invention generatorRon GrahamITA: Interesting Technical AssemblyRuediger Urbanke
Write-Only-MemoryShashi BoradeEnlarge Your Channel Capacity Today!!!Maxim Raginsky
Holographic kissingUpamanyu Madhowbicylotomic error correctionJoe Buhler
baby sleep inducerRonit BustinPiano Roll Manuscript Storer
Thinking CameraSangkeun LeePG-13 glassesAnanda Suresh
TPC The Perfect ColleagueAlbert Guillen i FabregasDiscreet Fourier TransformAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Sign of Innovations Kalman FilterAlejandro Ribeirofaulty-logic correcting logicYao Li
QoS - Quality of SandwichKobi CohenIID - Impossible Invention DisclosureNeri Merhav
Automatic paper-writing keyboardKobi CohenCoffee-to-invention converterNeri Merhav
Unstable FootnotesAnant SahaiP = NPDaphney-Stavroula Zois
Paper-to-Patent-TranslatorJoao BarrosFaculty meeting in a barMingyan Liu
Make-no-mistake codesIlya DumerWarning: Capacity reachedArman Fazeli Chaghooshi
Girlfriend's mood decoderAdria TausteGood student cloning machineJoerg Kliewer
48-hours days56K modemEnder Ayanoglu
anonymous referee identifierVivek BorkarSelf-organizing OfficeHong-Yeop Song
Grant Proposal-Writing RobotGregory PottieiPed, iPid, and iPudErtem Tuncel
De Bruijn Topologyℵ0-Dimensional PrinterMahdi Cheraghchi
Horse CodesQin HuangSelf-Correcting PoliticianChris Rose
A world delayed by a weekAlon OrlitskyEau de Mac AirChristina Fragouli
Decompressed nonsenseNeri MerhavFace-lift keying modulatorNeri Merhav
In formation theoryNeri MerhavPoser CodesAman Bhatia
Permanently sharp pencilVenkat Anantharamgzip-itaTara Javidi
Useful Latex Error MessagesOliver KosutDropbox Activity SimulatorJayadev Acharya
42=3+2+8+5+1+15+8 = C2H5-OHAnanda SureshHigh-Energy State-SplitterBrian Marcus
self-cleaning deskRandall Berryreviewer de-anonymizer Aylin Yener
autonomonopolyomnigeneratorHenry Pfisterorganic, light-emitting dogeAdam Williamson
Auto bound tightenerYonatan KaspiFast ProcrastinatorAyalvadi Ganesh
ITA Invention GeneratorGokul SridharanSpectral Efficiency MultiplierEduard Jorswieck
MAC Acronym Congestion (MAC)Ofer Shayevitzself-consoling grad studentAylin Yener
Correlated Noise CancellerJerry GibsonPraesen-Silentium (presenter silencer)Tara Javidi
information-frictionpage limit annihilatorCsaba Szepesvari
rewind-replay for life eventsShai Ben-DavidWireless Friction Device
Alien DNA DetectorChris RoseAND/OR/WHATEVER gateDave Forney
Instantaneous Book ReaderAli KhanaferBluff-Markov encoderNeri Merhav
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangITA - Invention Terribly AbsurdNeri Merhav
Acoustic Silence GeneratorIvan TashevEau de DeadlineChristina Fragouli
Bug-free ubuntuKonstantinos Stamatioucapacity region plotter
subconscious sailboat (Freudian sloop)Adam WilliamsonHandwriting to LaTeX converterAaron Wagner
Ayurvedic elixir for instant undergradutiny DataEhsan Ebrahimzadeh
Gamma*Generalized Cut-set BoundsAmir Salimi
Brain file transfer protocolMahdi CheraghchiIntuitive EmacsNachikethas Jagadeesan
Never ending toilet paper rollJayadev AcharyaDyslexia-correcting glassesAnanda Suresh
FFT - Funny Fictitious TheoryNeri Merhavpocket grand pianoPaul Siegel
(practically) practical theorySecret-Free SocietyChris Rose
Self-designing optimal codeAria NosratiniaUninventable InventionPrakash Ishwar
Honey Badger CodesMaxim RaginskyJetlagless Conference TeleporterAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
law of large slumbersVivek BorkarLensless cameraAhmed Kirmani
Shannon RNA AssemblerSreeram KannanIrreproducible result generatorAlfred Hero
24-Hour Energy DrinkAman BhatiaWrite-Only JournalUgo Vaccaro
Finite-duration test matchesJayadev AcharyaClonal teleportation
Arrow-of-time reverterNeri MerhavJoint source/channel codingEnder Ayanoglu
Dot Boxing on an OscilloscopeNikhil Karamchandanihigh-hanging elderberry picker with beak
Rational Pool PumpSean MeynJoint horse-camel clothingJonathan Scarlett
no-light optical imagingVivek Goyalq-ary English ChannelMahdi Cheraghchi
Knowledge Transfer MachineImage denoser (photoshop)Neri Merhav
continuous-time one-hop channelsCity CTLin Zhang
Is-it-worth-it meterMichael O'SullivanSpecial CouplingAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
Compressor of inventions into space limiJonathan ScarlettShannon waterparkPulkit Grover
Paper-to-Businessplan-ConverterJoao BarrosUniversal single-letterizerJun Chen
Power-generating cloudYi Lunon-Shannon-type
ISIT - InSane InvenTionNeri MerhavPudding TheoryArya Mazumdar
Discreet memoryless channelNeri Merhav4-part invention KWV 772Young-Han Kim
Booby-trapped review rebuttalKenneth RosePrivacy and Digital (Miner) PapparaziLalitha Sankar
Speculative Nonsense Rambling (SNR)Anant Sahai'Orlitsky'-unit meas. personalized emailRuediger Urbanke
BATSTerror-correcting codesArya Mazumdar
BibTex glovesOfer ShayevitzAutomatic thought transcription
one bit memory stickDavid NeuhoffUniversal Distributed Optimal ControllerAli Khanafer
New technology's old rootAutomatic Qualified-Reviewer-FinderEduard Jorswieck
Retroactive email un-sendeSyed JafarMathematical StrangulatorAlbert Guillen i Fabregas
BSC: Best Simple CaseArman Fazeli ChaghooshiCapacity over-achieving codesYanina Shkel
ITA Invention InventorWael HalbawiFinite-steak machineNeri Merhav
nested empty syndromeInvention generator generatorRon Graham
Contributed Inventions EvaluatorToby BergerConference deadline extenderLorenzo Coviello
Universal Date RistortionYonatan KaspiSmart-aleck phoneNeri Merhav
Transmitter without Message InformationBobak NazerSabbatical yearMarcelo Firer
Spread speck roomNeri MerhavITIP
Automatic best-paper generatorMahdi CheraghchiBibliography Auto-Assembly
GF(12)Sudarsan V S Ranganathanhuman fuel gaugeSi-Hyeon Lee
Strong TropicalityIlan ShomoronyFadebookNeri Merhav
automagic thm to proof transmorgrifier Narayana Prasad SanthanamPsychiatric PenicillinChris Rose
Schrödinger's DogMahdi CheraghchiBELCO - Below-Entropy Lossless COdeNeri Merhav
Gambling patchAshkan JafarpourMusac CancellerMichael Honig
The Shape Of InformationSuresh VenkatasubramanianOne Weird Converse TrickBobak Nazer
IEEE - Inventions Everyday EvErywhereNeri MerhavCamel-proof needle eyeEzio Biglieri
Super-optimal receiverNeri MerhavLyapunov Function FinderAli Khanafer
ITA - Instant Theorem AcquisitionMehul Motaninite Whaussian goise
Automatic Notation Consistency CheckerAlbert Guillen i Fabregasradiant descentPhilippe Rigollet
back-to-work memory autoloaderYao LiPaper-to-Reviewer-Report converterNeri Merhav
Error Correction HomeworkMiddleEast - SanDiego beamerYuval Cassuto
Radio frequency neuroprocessorsRoy YatesNon-Shannon theoryYoung-Han Kim
Eternal youth serumQuerdenkgeneratorGiorgio Quer
Infinite To Finite ConverterS. Sandeep PradhanLos Angeles Traffic EliminatorRichard Wesel
Universal Ideas-to-Papers CodingTsung-Yi Chensparse autoadvisorUpamanyu Madhow
Alias codesKannan RamchandranMrs. Gerber's llamaSudeep Kamath
Edible Cookie Flavored LaserJouie Ameslettuce codesYair Yona
Universal Ph.D. GeneratorYossef SteinbergUniversal causality detectorCharles Elkan
error-free communication at 0 bits/secC. Emre KoksalSelf-extending deadlineTobias Koch
Biological big data representationsPaper discoverability Nebojsa Jojic
Automatic Eureka Generator50 hours dayHanzhong Liu
Predictive trellis source codingEnder AyanogluShallow LearningPhilippe Rigollet
President RomneyPaul CuffAnywhere quatum communication deviceAnders Nilsson Plymoth
Memoryless hard diskNeri MerhavMulti Armed BandaidRan Gilad-Bachrach
Anti-jammer jammerSudarsan V S RanganathanCat-set bounds for BMW-GN channels.Mahdi Cheraghchi
Dream-to-reality converterNeri MerhavUniversal Self-Checking ExamYossef Steinberg
Bigg dataAman BhatiaProvably Dumb Chess PlayerMahdi Cheraghchi
NERI - Not-Even-Reasonable InventionNeri MerhavLow Power Humor AmplifierHimanshu Tyagi
Markov Chain Monty PythonSudeep KamathFunny nonsense generatorNeri Merhav
Error-Correcting Golf BallHong-Yeop SongCorrelation/Causation DetectorAria Nosratinia
mu*Chips-vs-Dip Ratio OptimizerMahdi Cheraghchi
logic potionVivek BorkarAutomated FAT-solverMahdi Cheraghchi
Reviewer Prediction AlgorithmShuchin AeronCity-wide Moving WalkwaysMahdi Cheraghchi
Error-collecting codesIlya DumerStartup-to-exit converterNeri Merhav
Polar vortex codesRamji VenkataramananFlying crazy ZigBee Yong-Hwan Lee
flavor-analyzing/learning drink vessel Claire MonteleoniAuto Cover Letter TailorizerAli Khanafer
Multi Dimensional Recording CodeCoffee making coffee cupTor Helleseth
Self-correcting TrackerHossein Roufarshbafzero-blocklength analysisYuval Kochman
Universally Compressive TransactionsAlbert Guillen i Fabregasresealable banana peelPaul Siegel
Bed-to-Office TransporterMahdi CheraghchiParking Lot Search TreeMahdi Cheraghchi
Zero-Waiting ElevatorHong-Yeop SongAutonomous Mobile NetworksIzhak Rubin
graph-based car-key searchAdam WilliamsonNeural thought extractorHenry Baidoo-Williams
Optimization-pessimization algorithmNeri MerhavOptimal Graduation-Date EstimatorSwanand Kadhe
RAIN - RAndom INvention generatorNeri MerhavMoisturizing Graphical Models
Hypothesis PestingAlbert Guillen i FabregasUnary symmetric channel coderMartin Strauss
Low-emission Green machineIlya DumerConvexity detectorWei Yu
PhasebookNeri MerhavBeautiful Proof GeneratorAli Khanafer
save-load in real worldChicheng ZhangConfrontational Deep Neurotic NetworkGreg Shakhnarovich
Cooperative JammingAylin YenerImaging Through Walls With WIFIYasamin Mostofi
blackboard to latex translatorSahand Negahbansub-constant algorithmsPhilippe Rigollet
White-noise estimationmiscommunication capacityPulkit Grover
uncompressed nonsensingGalen ReevesFTP - False Theorem ProverNeri Merhav
San Diego Weather WorldwideBarna SahaThyme machineSalim El Rouayheb
Automated Cat HerderDavid LisukNERI - NEgative-Rate InformationNeri Merhav
Brownian CommotionSudeep KamathAuto-correcting examRuediger Urbanke
Proof deconvolverAnand SarwateTurbo ToadsAman Bhatia
Wireless WiresharkNeri MerhavOn-the-go sensingJayakrishnan Unnikrishnan
compressive proof checkerUpamanyu MadhowAlgorithmic UniverseAndrew Viterbi
Shan non-theoryNeri MerhavUniversal jargon translatorGreg Ver Steeg
Cantor dust collectorChicheng ZhangWireless WireMahdi Cheraghchi
NP-to-P converterSae-Young Chung