I'm César Torres, a 4th year PhD student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at UC Berkeley and you have stumbled upon the site where I post my latest projects and experiments. I am currently advised by computer-scientist-artist Eric Paulos and am part of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab. My current research projects explore digital fabrication technologies as exciting, critical new media. You can find me in the Berkeley Institute of Design in 360 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

I received my BS in Computer Science and BA in Art Practice from Stanford University in 2013 where I conducted research with the Stanford HCI Group and was advised by Scott Klemmer and Ranjitha Kumar in the CS Department, and Gail Wight in the Art and Art History Department.

At Berkeley, I am a graduate representative for the Berkeley Center for New Media executive committee and the coordinator of the weekly Berkeley Institute of Design Seminar Series. Email me if you'd like to present. This year, I am also an Interactivity co-chair for CHI'16 in San Jose.

So, let's talk media. Send me a note at cearto (at) berkeley (dot) edu!

News & Travel

Ellustrate, our design tool for sketching circuits, was accepted to UIST'16! Kyoto, 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, Berkeley's Intro to Human-Computer Interaction. 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
Software/Hardware Everywhere
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

Current Projects

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Supporting Crafting Practice through Physical Computational Proxies

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Designing Feel Aesthetics for 3D Printing

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Designing Expressive 3D Models for Digital Fabrication