Welcome, 54.87.128.228!

I'm now at Adobe! I work on the Photoshop Mix team.

I recently received my Master's in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in the Visual Computing Lab, advised by James O'Brien and funded by the NSF GRFP. Before that, I received my Bachelor's from UC Santa Cruz, advised by James Davis.

Email me at [first initial][last name]@adobe.com.

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Last updated: 04 October 2014.

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]

  • Data-Driven Automatic Cropping for Semantic Composition Search
    Armin Samii, Zhe Lin, and Radomir Měch
    Computer Graphics Forum 2014 (to appear)
    [PDF] [Supplemental Material]

  • Distance Metric for Image Comparison
    Armin Samii, Zhe Lin, and Radomir Měch
    US Patent 20140169684 A1 (application)
    [Google Patents]


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)
    Simple GUI to create rapidly flickering gradients. Certain parameters create an illusion of a non-flickering strip (the "Garden Path"), which is used in Bruce Bridgeman's research on human visual perception.
    [Project Page]

  • Image Sorter (2010)
    UC Santa Cruz CMPS 160: Intro to Computer Graphics
    We analyze images and sort them based on an "importance" score. The goal is to automatically detect low-quality and repetitive photos, sorting photographs in a way that prioritizes both uniqueness and quality.
    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.



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Lighting Design
Once upon a time, I spent more time under stage lights than sunlight. Alas, these days have passed. I still volunteer in theaters around Berkeley- shoot me an email if you need some help with light hangs, set construction, or other pre-tech assistance and I'll see what I can do!

    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 .)