César Armando Torres

http://www.cearto.com • cearto@eecs.berkeley.edu • @zenfortech • github.com/cearto



Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Designated Emphasis in New Media

University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Jul 2013 - exp. June 2019

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

Advisor: Eric Paulos

Readers: Björn Hartmann, Kimiko Ryokai, Abigail de Kosnik

Bachelors of Art, Art Practice

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013

Advisor: Gail Wight

Bachelors of Science,

Computer Science

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013

Advisor: Scott Klemmer


Graduate Student Researcher

UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA        

Aug 2013 – Present

Freelance Graphic and Web Developer

Jun 2013 – Present

Research Intern, Creative Technologies Lab

Adobe Systems, San Francisco, CA

May 2015 - Aug 2015

Residential Computing Consultant (RCC)

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Sep 2012 – Jun 2013

Publicity and Marketing Coordinator

El Centro Chicano, Stanford, CA        

Sep 2010 – Dec 2013



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

Summer 2017

Aug 2016 - Dec 2016

Sept 2015 - Dec 2015

Jan 2015 - May 2015

Jan 2013 – Mar 2013

Sep 2012 – Dec 2012

Mar 2009 – Jun 2010


Peer Review

CHI '13 - '17,  UIST ‘14 - '17,  DIS '16 - '18,  

C&C '16-'17,  IUI '14, TEI '18

Special Recognition Reviews CHI'17, DIS'16

Diversity and Inclusion 

Board Member for Timothy B. Campbell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sep 2015 - Present

Panelist for Educational Opportunity Program Conference


MIT Summer Research Program Application Review Committee


CS24 Scholar Program, Seminar Leader, UC Berkeley

Fall 2013

Research Community

Berkeley Institute of Design Seminar Coordinator

Sep 2013 – Present

School of Information HCI Faculty Search Committee

2017 & 2018

CS PhD Admissions Committee [HCI]        


ACM CHI Interactivity Co-chair


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


Berkeley Center for New Media Executive Committee - Graduate Representative

Sep 2014 – Sep 2016


Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant


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”


Adobe GEM Associate Graduate Fellow        


Best Paper, ACM CHI'13 (Webzeitgeist)        


UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellow        


Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Performing or Creative Arts


Renato I. Rosaldo Community Award, Stanford University

2010, 2011



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

[23% acceptance]

Best paper


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


 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] BEST PAPER NOMINATION


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] BEST PAPER AWARD



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]


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.

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

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

Nov  2016

Nov 2016

Apr 2016

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


GS Researcher, Hybrid Ecologies Lab • 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

Advisor - Olac Fuentes | Mentor - Daniel Rivero         

University Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Computer Science & Psychology,

REU Applied Intelligent Systems

2013 – Present





Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty

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

Digital Pedagogy Intensive

Center for Teaching and Learning, UC Berkeley

May-July 2018

May 2017


Tina Taleb (CS)

Emily Hill (CS)

Sangyeon Lee (ME)

Tony Zhao (CS)

Matthew Joerke (CS)

Advaita Patel (CS)

Jessica Chang (CogSci)

Jasper O’Leary (CS)

(now UW HCD PhD)

Neil Kumar (CS)

(now Columbia Masters HCI)

Ryan Kapur (CS)








'13 – '16

'15 - '16


Jacqueline Garcia (CS)

Niraj Rao (CS)

Sreesha Venkat ( CS)

Emily Chuo (MatSci)

Connor Freeman( ME)

Sean Zhu (CS)

Akhila Raju (CS/CogSci)         

Carlos Rivera Pagan

(UPR Mayaguez - CSE)

Yipu Zheng (ME)




'15 – '16

'15 – '16




'13 – '14