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Currently working at Avametric on Team Hippocorn, where serious business gets done.

Formerly at Adobe working on Photoshop Mix and Photoshop Fix.

I received my Master's of Computer Science in 2014 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 name].[last name]@gmail.com.

Find me on The Internet:

(Find Zooey in my photo for bonus points.)


Last updated: 22 January 2016.

Publications
  • Resampling Adaptive Cloth Simulations onto Fixed-Topology Meshes
    George Brown, Armin Samii, James F. O'Brien, and Rahul Narain
    ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2015 (poster)
    [Project Page] [PDF]

  • 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
    [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
  • A Perceptually Based Model of Visual Adaptation (2014)
    Master's Thesis.
    A perceptual model that accounts for the time-varying changes to perceived color and brightness that occur due to time-varying adaptation and the transition between cone- and rod-mediated vision.
    [PDF]

  • Interactive Visualization for System Log Analysis (2014)
    CS262-A: Computer Systems.
    A prototype visualization interface to assist system administrators in searching and understanding system logs.
    [PDF] [Poster]

  • Artist Decision Modeling (2011)
    UC Berkeley CS 294-69: Image Manipulation and Computational Photography.
    We model the decision process of an artist using, training a model from data contained in a photographer's Adobe Photoshop Lightroom catalog.
    [Slides], [PDF]

  • Garden Path (2011)
    A GUI to create rapidly flickering gradients in order to find the point at which two orthogonal colors have the same perceived brightness, creating an illusion of a non-flickering strip (the "Garden Path"). It is used in Bruce Bridgeman's research on synesthesia, including a paper Metacontrast masking.
    [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. (Grabbing example usage sentences no longer works.)
    Application Web Page
Photography

Sometimes I take pictures, and a subset of those make it onto Flickr.

Lighting Design
Many moons ago, I spent more time under stage lights than sunlight. This section is mostly vestigial.

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

    Various acts on youtube (see related videos by same uploader).
    (Cuesheet )
  • Metamorphoses
    Associate Lighting Designer/Board Operator
    San Diego Honor's Theater, Spring 2009

    (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

    (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

  • Chautauqua
    Co-Head Lighting Designer
    University of California, Santa Cruz, Spring 2011

    (Secret documents to assist new designers .)
Bartending
Sometimes I have a bit of fun getting people tipsy.