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PhD Program, Computer Science [HCI]

Designated Emphasis in New Media

Advisor: Eric Paulos, Berkeley Center for New Media University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Jul 2013 - exp. Jun 2019

Bachelors of Science, Computer Science [HCI]

Advisor: Scott Klemmer

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013

Bachelors of Art, Art Practice

Advisor: Gail Wight

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013


Research Intern, Creative Technologies Lab, Adobe Systems, San Francisco, CA

Graduate Student Researcher, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA        

Freelance Graphic and Web Developer

Residential Computing Consultant (RCC), Stanford University, Stanford, California

Publicity and Marketing Coordinator, El Centro Chicano, Stanford, California        

May 2015 - Aug 2015

Aug 2013 – Present

Jun 2013 – Present

Sep 2012 – Jun 2013

Sep 2010 – Dec 2013



Graduate Student Instructor, Berkeley's Design Innovation 22 - Intro to Prototyping and Fabrication

Head Graduate Student Instructor, Berkeley’s CS160 Intro to Human-Computer Interaction

Seminar Leader, Berkeley’s CS24 Scholar Program (http://cs-scholars.berkeley.edu/)

Seminar Leader, Stanford’s CS2C: Introduction to Multimedia Production

Seminar Leader, Stanford’s CS1C: Introduction to Computing

Instructor + Muralist, HeART Mural Music and Arts Project, East Palo Alto, California

Aug 2016 - Dec 2016

Sept 2015 - Dec 2015

Jan 2015 - May 2015

Jan 2013 – Mar 2013

Sep 2012 – Dec 2012

Mar 2009 – Jun 2010


School of Information HCI Faculty Search Committee

HCI CS PhD Admissions Committee

Berkeley Institute of Design Seminar Coordinator (http://schedule.bid-seminar.com/)        

ACM SIGCHI Interactivity Co-chair

ACM Reviewer | CHI '13, '14, ‘15,'16; UIST ‘14, '15, '16;  DIS '16, DIS'17; C&C'17

Student Volunteer | DIS'14, Robots and New Media '14

Berkeley Center for New Media Executive Committee - Graduate Representative        


Jan 2016 - June 2016

Sep 2013 – Present


Sep 2014 – Sep 2016


Best Paper ACM CHI'17 (Illumination Aesthetics)

Honorable Mention ACM DIS'16 (ProxyPrint)

Art Research Center (ARC) Fellow        

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow        

        “Dynamic Design for Digital Fabrication”

Best Paper, ACM SIGCHI (Webzeitgeist)        

Adobe GEM Associate Graduate Fellow        

UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellow        

Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Performing or Creative Arts

Renato I. Rosaldo Community Award, Stanford University



Jan 2015 - May 2015

Jan 2014 - Present





2010, 2011



 Joanne Lo, César Torres, Isabel Yang, Jasper O'Leary, Danny Kaufman, Wilmot Li, Mira Dontcheva, and Eric Paulos. 2016. Aesthetic Electronics: Designing, Sketching, and Fabricating Circuits through Digital Exploration. In Proc. UIST '16. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 665-676.

[21% acceptance]


César Torres, Wilmot Li, and Eric Paulos. 2016. ProxyPrint: Supporting Crafting Practice through Physical Computational Proxies. In Proc. of DIS '16. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 158-169.

[< 5% Honorable Mention Award, 26% acceptance]


César Torres, Tim Campbell, Neil Kumar, and Eric Paulos. 2015. HapticPrint: Designing Feel Aesthetics for Digital Fabrication. In Proc. of UIST '15. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 583-591.

[24% acceptance]


César Torres and Eric Paulos. 2015. MetaMorphe: Designing Expressive 3D Models for Digital Fabrication. In Proc. of C&C '15. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 73-82.

[26% acceptance]


Tim Campbell, César Torres, and Eric Paulos. 2015. Fl.UIs: Liquid-Mediated Vision Based Touch Surfaces. In Proc. of TEI '15. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 85-88.

[22% acceptance]

Best paper


Ranjitha Kumar, Arvind Satyanarayan, César Torres, Maxine Lim, Salman Ahmad, Scott R. Klemmer, and Jerry O. Talton. 2013. Webzeitgeist: Design Mining the Web. In Proc. of CHI '13. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3083-3092.

[<1% Best Paper Award; 20% acceptance]



César Torres, Jasper O'Leary, and Eric Paulos. 2016. LiveObjects: Leveraging Theatricality for an Expressive Internet of Things. In Proc. of DIS '16 Companion. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 5-8.

[26% acceptance]


Tim Campbell & César Torres. Fl.UIs: Fluid-mediated User Interfaces, demo at Solid Conf., San Francisco, CA (2014).


Maxine Lim, Ranjitha Kumar, Arvind Satyanarayan, César Torres, Jerry O. Talton, and Scott R. Klemmer.

Learning Structural Semantics for the Web. Stanford University CSTR 2012-03, November 2012.



Jennifer Jacobs, David Mellis, Amit Zoran, César Torres, Joel Brandt, and Joshua Tanenbaum. 2016. Digital Craftsmanship: HCI Takes on Technology as an Expressive Medium. In Proc. of DIS '16 Companion. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 57-60.


"Techno-Expressionism and Aesthetic Actuation". Guest Lecture on  I262: Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces. Berkeley, CA.

"Towards Techno-Expressionism: Opportunities for Expanding the Aesthetics of Digital Fabrication". Stanford HCI Group Seminar, Stanford, CA.

“Designing Behaviors for the Swarm”. SWARM Lab Annual Retreat, Napa Valley, CA.

November 2016

November 2016

January 2015


"Forget Robots. We’ll Soon Be Fusing Technology With Living Matter”. Marcus Wohlsen, Wired. 27 May 2014


GS Researcher, Hybrid Ecologies Group • Advisor - Eric Paulos

UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

UG Researcher, HCI Group • Advisor - Scott Klemmer | Mentor - Ranjitha Kumar        

Stanford Computer Science, CURIS Program

UG Researcher, Responsive Environments Group • Advisor - Joe Paradiso | Mentor - Matt Aldrich        MIT Media Lab, MSRP Program


UG Researcher, Applied Intelligence Systems Lab | Advisor - Olac Fuentes | Mentor - Daniel Rivero         

University Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Computer Science & Psychology, REU Applied Intelligent Systems

Jul 2013 – Present

Jun 2012 – Jun 2013

Jun 2011 – Jun 2012

Jun 2010 – Jun 2011


Jasper O’Leary (Berkeley BA - CS)

Neil Kumar (Berkeley BA - CS)

Jessica Chang ( Berkeley BA - CogSci)

Ryan Kapur (Berkeley BA - CS)

Jacqueline Garcia (Berkeley BA - CS)

Niraj Rao (Berkeley BA - CS)


2013 – 2016

2015, 2016

2015 – 2016




Emily Chuo (Berkeley BS - MatSci)

Connor Freeman(Berkeley BS - ME)

Sreesha Venkat (Berkeley BA - CS)

Sean Zhu         (Berkeley BA - CS)

Akhila Raju (Berkeley BA - CS/CogSci)         

Carlos Rivera Pagan (UPR Mayaguez - BS CSE)

Yipu Zheng (Berkeley BS - ME)

2015 – 2016

2015 – 2016





2013 – 2014


Book Design: An (Im)possible Life: Poesia y Testimonio in the Borderlands by Elvira Prieto.

Print Design: Image as Location Festival & Conference, Berkeley, CA (http://imageaslocation.com/)        

Designer + Web: Hack the Bells CC by -SA 4.0 Competition, Berkeley CA (http://hackthebells.org)        

Designer + Web: Robots and New Media Conference, Berkeley, CA (http://robotsandnewmedia.com)        

Oct 2014

Aug 2014 – Nov 2014

Apr 2014


Engineering Career Fair, Senior Art Show, Cummings Art Bldg, Stanford, California.        

Coplanar. Cummings Art Bldg, Stanford, California.        

Major/Minor. Cummings Art Building, Stanford, California.

49ers/Castaño School Mural, 49ers Academy Permanent Collection, East Palo Alto, California.

Adelante Raza, Community Mural, El Centro Chicano Permanent Collection, Stanford, California.        Larkin House Mural, Larkin House Permanent Collection, Stanford, California.

Jun 2013

Feb 2013

Mar 2012

Apr 2010

Jun 2010

Dec 2009