Welcome, 54.237.134.62!

I am a computer science Ph.D. student in the Visual Computing Lab at UC Berkeley working with James O'Brien as my advisor. My research interests are primarily in Computational Photography. I completed my Bachelor's at UC Santa Cruz, working with James Davis as my advisor.

I spent the summer of 2012 as an intern at Adobe San Jose working in the Procedural Imaging Group with Radomir Mech and Zhe Lin.

I am funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Contact information: email [lastname]@eecs.berkeley.edu; Twitter; last.fm.

Last update: 13 August 2013.

Publications
  • Adaptive Anisotropic Remeshing for Cloth Simulation
    Rahul Narain, Armin Samii, and James F. O'Brien
    ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2012
    [Project Page] [PDF] [Slides] [Video]


Class/Side Projects
  • Artist Decision Modeling (2011)
    UC Berkeley CS 294-69: Image Manipulation and Computational Photography.
    We model the decision process of an artist as s/he edits a photograph using n-grams of the edit history, parsing training data from pre-existing data contained in a photographer's Adobe Photoshop Lightroom catalog.
    [Slides], [PDF]
  • Garden Path (2011)
    Research with Psychology Professor Bruce Bridgeman on human visual perception.
    Rendered a flickering image aligned with screen refresh rates. With the right chroma/luminosity combination, humans will see a non-flickering strip of the image. The location of this strip, coined the Garden Path, can be used for various experiments in Bridgeman's research. Comes with a GUI to adjust flicker rate and color.
    Project Web Page
  • Image Sorter (2010)
    UC Santa Cruz CMPS 160: Intro to Computer Graphics
    We analyze images and sort them based on an "importance" score. Our goal is to automatically detect low-quality and repetitive photos, sorting photographs in a way that prioritizes both uniqueness and quality. I also submitted this as my senior thesis.
    UCSC Senior Thesis / Technical Report
Other Toys
  • Vocabulary Quizzer
    Designed to help me personally on the GRE Verbal Exam. Unfortunately, I spent too much time creating this application and never actually used it. Some features have stopped working, but it should be generally in-tact.
    Application Web Page
Photography

Sometimes I take pictures. I am by no means a professional, or even a prosumer, but I thoroughly enjoy a day with my camera, and that's justification enough to have this section. Eventually I'll embed a photo-viewer here.



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Lighting Design
A lighting designer is invisible. The naive audience member should not know of my existence. The mood set by the lights should just feel right. If this is not the case, I have made a mistake.

Of course, some shows should not follow this philosophy, and some designers may wholeheartedly disagree.

    Shows I Have Worked On
  • 7 Keys to Baldpate
    Props/Run Crew
    Scripps Ranch High School, Fall 2008

    Though I was a part of the props crew, I followed lighting designer to gain second-hand knowledge.
  • Bye Bye Birdie
    Assistant Lighting Designer/Master Electrician/Board Operator
    Scripps Ranch High School, Winter 2009

    (Cuesheet )
  • Scripps Ranch Talent Show
    Lighting Designer/Master Electrician/Board Operator
    Scripps Ranch High School, Spring 2009

    The most creative allowance I've had on a show. Various acts on youtube (see related videos by same uploader).
    (Cuesheet )
  • Metamorphoses
    Associate Lighting Designer/Board Operator
    San Diego Honor's Theater, Spring 2009

    After my first role as designer in the Talent Show, the Honor's Theater asked me to co-design Metamorphoses.
    (Cuesheet )
  • The Laramie Project
    Lighting Designer/Master Electrician/Board Operator
    Scripps Ranch High School, Spring 2009

    (Cuesheet )
  • Scripps Ranch Dance Show
    Lighting Designer/Master Electrician/Board Operator
    Scripps Ranch High School, Spring 2009

    (Cuesheet )
  • Scripps Ranch Fashion Show
    Lighting Designer/Master Electrician/Board Operator
    Scripps Ranch High School, Spring 2009
  • I'm Not Rappaport
    Lighting Crew (and Scene Construction)
    Scripps Ranch Community Theatre, Summer 2009
  • Mixed Nutz
    Followspot Operator
    University of California, Santa Cruz, Fall 2009
  • Odyssey
    Assistant Lighting Designer
    University of California, Santa Cruz, Spring 2010

    My first university experience with "real" Lighting Design, under the guidance of Designer Becca Van de Vanter.
    (Cuesheet )
  • Hair
    Followspot Operator
    University of California, Santa Cruz, Spring 2010
  • Social Security
    Lighting Crew (and Scene Construction)
    Scripps Ranch Community Theatre, Summer 2010
  • Random with a Purpose
    Assistant Lighting Designer
    University of California, Santa Cruz, Winter 2010

    Assisted in making the plot; in charge of technical aspects of VectorWorks; designed two dances.
  • Chautauqua
    Co-Head Lighting Designer
    University of California, Santa Cruz, Spring 2011

    A student festival of plays. Created the plot for nine diverse shows and trained new designers to light the stage.
    (Secret documents to assist new designers .)