César Armando Torres

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

                                        

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (in progress)

Designated Emphasis in New Media

University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Jul 2013 - exp. Dec 2018

Thesis: Hybrid Aesthetics: A New Media Framework for the Computational Design of Creative Materials, Tools, and Practices for Digital Fabrication (in progress)

Advisor: Eric Paulos

Thesis Committee: Björn Hartmann, Kimiko Ryokai, Abigail de Kosnik

Bachelor of Science,

Computer Science

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013

Advisor: Scott Klemmer

Bachelor of Art, Art Practice

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013

Advisor: Gail Wight

WORK EXPERIENCE

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

        

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Lecturer, UC Berkeley

CS160 UI Design and Development

Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley

Design Innovation 22 - Intro to Prototyping and Fabrication

Head Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley

CS160 UI Design and Development

Seminar Leader, UC Berkeley

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

SERVICE EXPERIENCE

ACM Reviewer

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

C&C '16-'17,  IUI '14, TEI '18

Berkeley Institute of Design Seminar Coordinator

Sep 2013 – Present

Board Member for Timothy B. Campbell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sep 2015 - Present

Panelist for Educational Opportunity Program Conference

2017

MIT Summer Research Program Application Review Committee

2017

School of Information HCI Faculty Search Committee

2017

CS PhD Admissions Committee [HCI]        

2016

ACM CHI Interactivity Co-chair

2016

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

2014

Berkeley Center for New Media Executive Committee - Graduate Representative

Sep 2014 – Sep 2016

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant

2017

Best Paper ACM CHI'17 (Illumination Aesthetics)

2017

Honorable Mention ACM DIS'16 (ProxyPrint)

2016

Art Research Center (ARC) Fellow        

2015

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow        

        “Dynamic Design for Digital Fabrication”

2014

Adobe GEM Associate Graduate Fellow        

2013

Best Paper, ACM SIGCHI (Webzeitgeist)        

2013

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

REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Best paper

[7]

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

[<1% Best Paper Award, 25% acceptance] BEST PAPER AWARD

[6]

 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]

[5]

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

[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, 85-88.

[22% acceptance]

Best paper

[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

TECHNICAL REPORTS & CURATED DEMONSTRATIONS

[3]

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]

[2]

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

[1]

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.

WORKSHOPS

[1]

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.

INVITED TALKS

"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

PRESS

"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

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

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

2012-2013

2011

2010

RESEARCH MENTORING

Advaita Patel

Jessica Chang (CogSci)

Jasper O’Leary (CS)

(now UW HCD PhD)

Neil Kumar (CS)

(now Columbia Masters HCI)

Ryan Kapur (CS)

Jacqueline Garcia (CS)

Niraj Rao (CS)

Sreesha Venkat ( CS)

'16-'17

'16-17

'13 – '16

'15, '16

'15 – '17

'16

'16

'16

'15

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

'14

'13-'14

'14

'13 – '14