Research Interests

Jul 2013 - (May 2019)

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013

Sep 2010 - Jun 2013

2013 – Present

2015

2012-2013

2011

 

2010

2013 – Present

2012 – 2013

2010 –  2013

Professional Development

User Interface Software and Technology Community

(UIST)

Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI)

Creativity & Cognition (C&C)

Technical Reports

Invited Lectures

Invited Talks

In the Press

Summer 2017

Fall 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Mar 2009 – Jun 2010

Computer Science

CS + Cognitive Science

Mechanical Engineering

Material Science

Review Committees

Peer Reviews

Student Volunteer

Institutional Service

Fellowships

Research Awards

University Awards

CÉSAR TORRES

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720

cearto@eecs.berkeley.edu

http://www.cearto.com

github.com/cearto

@zenfortech

I build digital fabrication pipelines and design creativity support tools that foreground the existing knowledge and practices of traditional creative practitioners.

Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Fabrication, New Media, Creativity Support Tools & IoT Environments, Computational Design, Maker Culture

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Designated Emphasis in New Media

University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Thesis: Hybrid Aesthetics: Designing New Media Practices within Digital Fabrication

Advisor: Eric Paulos

Readers: Björn Hartmann, Kimiko Ryokai

Bachelors of Art, Art Practice

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Advisor: Gail Wight

Bachelors of Science, Computer Science

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Advisor: Scott Klemmer

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Graduate Student Researcher

Hybrid Ecologies Lab • Advisor Eric Paulos

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department

Adobe Systems, San Francisco, CA

Research Intern

Creative Technologies Lab • Advisor Wilmot Li

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Undergraduate Researcher

HCI Group • Advisor - Scott Klemmer | Mentor - Ranjitha Kumar        

Stanford Computer Science Department, CURIS Program

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

Undergraduate Researcher

Responsive Environments Group

Advisor - Joe Paradiso | Mentor - Matt Aldrich        

Media Arts and Sciences, MSRP Program

        

University of Texas, El Paso

Undergraduate Researcher

Applied Intelligence Systems

Advisor - Olac Fuentes | Mentor - Daniel Rivero         

University Texas at El Paso (UTEP),

Computer Science & Psychology Departments

REU Applied Intelligent Systems

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Freelance Graphic and Web Developer

Residential Computing Consultant (RCC)

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Publicity and Marketing Coordinator

El Centro Chicano, Stanford, CA        

Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty, May-July 2018

Graduate Division, Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center, UC Berkeley

Digital Pedagogy Intensive, May 2017

Center for Teaching and Learning, UC Berkeley

PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS

[9] César Torres, Molly Nicholas, Sangyeon Lee, and Eric Paulos. A Conversation with Actuators. Conditionally accepted to TEI'19. ACM, New York, NY, USA.

[25% acceptance]

[8] César Torres, Sarah Sterman, Molly Nicholas, Richard Lin, Eric Pai, and Eric Paulos. 2017. Guardians of Practice: A Contextual Inquiry of Failure-Mitigation Strategies within Creative Practices. In Proc. DIS'18. ACM, New York, NY, USA.

[23% acceptance]

[7] César Torres, Jasper O'Leary, Molly Nicholas, and Eric Paulos. 2017. Illumination Aesthetics: Light as a Creative Material within Computational Design. In Proc. CHI'17. ACM, New York, NY, USA.

[<1% Best Paper Award, 25% acceptance]

BEST PAPER AWARD

[6] 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]

BEST PAPER NOMINATION

[5] 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]

[4] 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]

[3] 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]

[2] 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.

[22% acceptance]

[1] 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]

BEST PAPER AWARD

[Doctoral Consortium] César Torres. Hybrid Aesthetics: Design of New Media Practices within Digital Fabrication. In DIS '18 Companion. ACM, New York, NY, USA. [50% acceptance]

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

[26% acceptance]

[Workshop] 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.

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.

"Techno-Expressionism and Aesthetic Actuation". Guest Lecture for  I262: Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces, School of Information, Berkeley, CA. Nov  2016.

"Towards Techno-Expressionism: Opportunities for Expanding the Aesthetics of Digital Fabrication". Stanford HCI Group Seminar, Stanford, CA. Nov 2016.

"Towards Techno-Expressionism: An Exploration of Digital Fabrication as Medium". California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. Berkeley, CA. Apr 2016.

“Designing Behaviors for the Swarm”. SWARM Lab Annual Retreat, Napa Valley, CA. Jan 2015

"Will This New Tech Encourage More Beautiful Circuits? #WearableWednesday". Leslie Birch, Adafruit. 8 March 2017.

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

TEACHING

Lecturer, UC Berkeley [60 students]

CS160 UI Design and Development

Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley [30 students]

Design Innovation 22 - Intro to Prototyping and Fabrication

Head Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley [200 students]

CS160 UI Design and Development

Seminar Leader, UC Berkeley [30 students]

CS24 Scholar Program

Seminar Leader, Stanford University

CS2C: Introduction to Multimedia Production  

Seminar Leader, Stanford University

CS1C: Introduction to Computing

Instructor + Muralist, HeART Mural Music and Arts Project

East Palo Alto, CA

MENTORSHIP

20 undergraduate researchers supervised

Tina Taleb

Tony Zhao

Advaita Patel (2 years)

Jasper O’Leary (4 years) • now UW HCD PhD

Neil Kumar (2 years) • now Columbia Masters HCI

Ryan Kapur

Jacqueline Garcia

Niraj Rao

Sreesha Venkat

June Cong

Sean Zhu

Carlos Rivera Pagan • UPR Mayaguez - CSE

Jessica Chang (2 years)

Matthew Joerke

Emily Hill

Akhila Raju

Sangyeon Lee

Connor Freeman

Yipu Zheng

Emily Chuo

SERVICE

Associate Chair, DIS 2018

Design Methods and Processes Committee

Demo Co-chair, TEI 2018

Interactivity Co-chair, CHI 2016

83 reviews total

CHI '15 - '19,  UIST ‘14 - '17,  DIS '16 - '18,  

C&C '16-'17,  ITS '15, TEI '18, ISS '18

Special Recognition Reviews CHI'17, DIS'16

DIS '14, Robots and New Media '14

Board Member, Timothy B. Campbell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Panelist, Educational Opportunity Program Conference '17

Review Committee, MIT Summer Research Program '16-'17

Seminar Leader, CS24 Scholar Program, UC Berkeley, '13

Coordinator, Berkeley Institute of Design Seminar

Organized over 100 seminar talks from researchers across academia, industry, and practice.

HCI Faculty Search Committee, School of Information '17, '18

PhD Admissions Committee, Computer Science Division [HCI], '16        

Graduate Representative, Executive Committee, Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) '14-'16

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant, 2017

Art Research Center (ARC) Fellow, 2015        

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2014        

        “Dynamic Design for Digital Fabrication”

Adobe GEM Associate Graduate Fellow        , 2013

Best Paper ACM CHI'17 (Illumination Aesthetics)

Honorable Mention ACM DIS'16 (ProxyPrint)

Best Paper, ACM CHI'13 (Webzeitgeist)

UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellow, 2013

Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Performing or Creative Arts, 2013

Renato I. Rosaldo Community Award, Stanford University, 2010-2011