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I'm César Torres, a 6 th year Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science with a Designated Emphasis in New Media. I am advised by computer-scientist-artist Eric Paulos and a member of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab. You can find me in the Berkeley Institute of Design in 360 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, or in 143 Sutardja Dai Hall.

As a researcher, I specialize in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with interests in computational design, physical computing, digital fabrication, creativity support tools, and human-centered design. My current thesis work explores how digital fabrication technologies can constrain, guide, or disrupt how we creatively work with physical and computational materials. I publish in technical and design HCI conferences.

In 2017, I was the Lecturer for CS160: Intro to UI Design and Development at Cal. Check out the class projects...

I'm a proud recipient of the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and the Adobe GEM Fellowhip. I hold dual degrees in Art Practice (B.A. '13) and Computer Science (B.S. '13) from Stanford University, advised by Gail Wight in the Art and Art History Department, and Scott Klemmer and Ranjitha Kumar as part of the HCI Group in the Computer Science Department.

Currently, I serve as a coordinator for the weekly Berkeley Institute of Design Seminar Series . Email me if you'd like to present. I'm also a board member for the Timothy B. Campbell Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to students that demonstrate a spirit of innovation.

So, let's talk (new) media. Send me a note at cearto (at) berkeley (dot) edu or follow me on Twitter: @zenfortech

News & Travel

I'm on the academic job market! Looking to expand on digital fabrication, new media, and diversity initiatives in CS, CSE, HCI, or Media Arts programs. Let me know about opportunities at your institution! Berkeley, CA Nov 2018
New work conditionally accepted to TEI 2019! Tempe, AZ October 2018
Presenting Hybrid Aesthetics as the DIS2018 Doctoral Consortium Hong Kong June 2018
Guardians of Practice accepted to DIS2018 ! Hong Kong March 5
Humbled and thrilled to be a recipient of the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant! - June 27
First day of school as the CS160 Summer Lecturer! Berkeley, CA June 19
Pass my quals! Now a PhD Candidate! Berkeley, CA May 1
New work accepted to CHI 2017! See you in Denver! Denver, Colorado January 16
Ellustrate , our design tool for sketching circuits, was accepted to UIST'16! Tokyo, Japan June 4-8
Presented ProxyPrint, demo'd LiveObjects, and co-ran the Digital Craftsmanship Workshop at DIS'16! Brisbane, California June 4-8
Booked our place for CHI'16. See you in SJ! San José, California May 7-12
Attending the California Alliance Retreat! Berkeley, California April 8-9
LiveObjects, accepted to Demos Track! Catch them at DIS 2016! Brisbane, Australia March 28
ProxyPrint has been accepted to DIS 2016! Brisbane, Australia March 8
Catch our workshop at DIS 2016! DIGITAL CRAFTSMANSHIP: HCI Takes on Technology as an Expressive Medium! Brisbane, Australia February 16
Presented and demo'd HapticPrint at UIST 2015! Charlotte, NC November 11
51qzrf50otl Finished the book design and cover design for the 1st edition of Elvira Prieto's latest masterpiece: An (Im)possible Life: Poesia y Testimonio in the Borderlands. Stanford, CA October 12
Said goodbye to my research compadre Tim Campbell Oakland, CA September 15
Started TA-ing CS160, San Francisco August 24
Finished a fruitful internship at Adobe Research! San Francisco August 23
HapticPrint was accepted to UIST 2015! Charlotte, NC July 24
Presenting MetaMorphe at the Creativity and Cognition Conference '15! Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. June 21-25
Starting my internship at Adobe Research! @WillLi San Francisco, CA May 26
Bay Area MakerFaire San Mateo, CA May 15
MetaMorphe accepted to the Creativity and Cognition Conference '15! Glasgow, UK March 26
Presenting Fl.UI.s Note at TEI'15 Stanford, CA January 15-19
SWARM Lab Retreat Napa Valley, CA January 14
Excited to be teaching the CS Scholars Seminar! #diversityincs Berkeley, CA Spring 2015
Selected as a ARC Fellow Berkeley, CA January 12
SV'ing at the Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)Conference Vancouver, BC, Canada June 22-26
Design Automation Conference San Franscisco, CA June 3-5
Demoing FlUIs @ Solid 2014
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San Franscisco, CA May 21-22, 2014
Robots and New Media Symposium CITRIS @ UC Berkeley Apr 4, 2014
Awarded the NSF GRFP! Apr 1, 2014
Google DevArt Meetup San Francisco, CA Mar 10, 2014
BiD Seminar - Lightning Talk Berkeley, CA Mar 4, 2014
EECS Annual Research Symposium (UCB) Berkeley, CA Feb 13, 2014
BSN Deep Dive Bodega Bay, CA Feb 7-8, 2014
Joined the Designated Emphasis in New Media program BCNM Nov 20, 2013
Codame Art and Technology Festival San Francisco, CA Nov 2, 2013
CITRIS Poster Presentation Berkeley, CA Oct 2, 2013
GEM Conference 2013 San Juan, Puerto Rico Aug 7 - Aug 9, 2013

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