Personal

About me

Currently, I’m living in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. I was born on 1983 and I’m married to Dr. Ziba Rahbar.


Hobbies

Playing piano and harmonica, reading, traveling & Transhumanism!


Favorite Books

  • The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Hobout dar Kavir, Ali Shariati
  • Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling
  • The Last Question, Isaac Asimov

Favorite Articles

  • On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems, Kurt Gödel, 1931
  • On Computable Numbers, with an Application to The Entscheidungsproblem, Alan Turing, 1936.
  • Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Alan Turing, 1950.

Sports

Mountain climbing, cycling, hiking, running.


Music

I play piano, harmonica and setar (an Iranian musical instrument). I love classical music, especially Chopin and Bach compositions.

My favorite composers

  • Beethoven
  • Chopin
  • Bach
  • Rachmaninoff
  • Mendelssohn
  • Vivaldi

My favorite performers

  • Evgeny Kissin
  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Glenn Gould
  • Sviatoslav Richter
  • Vladimir Horowitz
  • Krystian Zimerman
  • Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Favorite Quotes

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Charles Darwin


Favorite Talks


Favorite Movies & TV Shows

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Matrix (the first one)
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Friends
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • BBC Top Gear

Favorite Computer Games

Neverhood, Warcraft, Starcraft, Need for Speed, Counter-Strike, …


Favorite Cuisines

Kabaab (specially taghbostaan’s!) and Lasagna.

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Pittsburgh, PA, 2014

fallingwater

My lovely wife and I, Fallingwater, 2011

Saman Amirpour, Greece

Greece, 2007

Saman Amirpour, ICPC 05, 2

ACM/ICPC 2005, Shanghai

Saman Amirpour, ICPC 04

ACM/ICPC 2004, Prague

Saman Amirpour, SOS

Robocup, 2003

Saman Amirpour, Chemistry Olympiad

Chemistry Olympiad, 2000

Saman Amirpour, Espilet

Espilet Mountain

Saman Amirpour, Photo Film

Photographic Film Synthesis, with Siavash Torabi, 1996

Saman Amirpour, Fire, 2

Automatic Fire Extinguisher, with Behrang Nooralishahi, my best teacher!, 1995