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Dr Cesar Torres Jr

[Dr Cesar Armando Torres Jr]

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Last Updated: April 14, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Interactive Systems: Smart Environments, Smart Tools, Digital Ethnography, Digital Fabrication, Smart Materials, Embedded Systems; New Media

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
Human-Computer Interaction, Physical Computing, Digital Fabrication, Creativity, New Media

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Human-Computer Interaction; Physical Computing; Digital Fabrication; Design Tools

Biography

Biography

Dr. Cesar Torres is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, with a courtesy appointment in Art and Art History. He serves as the Director of The Hybrid Atelier, an interdisciplinary creative technology research lab in collaboration with the Art + Art History Deparment. As a researcher, he specializes in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with interests in computational design, physical computing, digital fabrication, creativity support tools, and human-centered design.

Education

Education

    • 2019 PhD in Computer Science
      University of California Berkeley
    • 2013 BA in Art Practice
      Stanford University
    • 2013 BS in Computer Science
      Stanford University

Appointments

Appointments

    • May 2015 to Sept 2015 Research Intern
      Creative Technologies Lab (CTL), Adobe Systems (San Francisco, CA, United States)
      Supervisor: Wilmot Li

Memberships

    • June 2015 to Present Association for Computing Machinery
      The Association for Computing Machinery is an international learned society for computing. It was founded in 1947, and is the world's largest scientific and educational computing society. The ACM is a non-profit professional membership group, claiming nearly 100,000 student and professional members as of 2019.

Awards and Honors

    • Jul  2019 Rising STARS Award sponsored by UT System
    • Sep  2018 Disseration Grant Award sponsored by Microsoft Research
    • Apr  2017 Best Paper Award sponsored by ACM SIGCHI
    • Dec  2014 Graduate Fellowship sponsored by National Science Foundation
    • Apr  2013 Best Paper Award sponsored by ACM SIGCHI

Publications


      2016
      • Journal Article
        LiveObjects: leveraging theatricality for an expressive internet of things
        [Torres, Cesar, O'leary, Jasper, Paulos, Eric].

      2020
      2019
      • Conference Proceeding
        A Conversation with Actuators: An Exploratory Design Environment for Hybrid Materials
        Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
        [Torres, Cesar, Nicholas, MollyJane, Lee, Sangyeon, Paulos, Eric]. 657--667.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Hybrid Microgenetic Analysis: Using Activity Codebooks to Identify and Characterize Creative Process
        Proceedings of the 2019 on Creativity and Cognition
        [Torres, Cesar, J\"orke, Matthew, Hill, Emily, Paulos, Eric]. 2--14.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Phosphenes: Crafting Resistive Heaters within Thermoreactive Composites
        Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference
        [Torres, Cesar, Chang, Jessica, Patel, Advaita, Paulos, Eric]. 907--919.

      2018
      • Conference Proceeding
        Guardians of Practice: A Contextual Inquiry of Failure-Mitigation Strategies within Creative Practices
        Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference
        [Torres, Cesar, Sterman, Sarah, Nicholas, Molly, Lin, Richard, Pai, Eric, Paulos, Eric]. 1259--1267.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Hybrid Aesthetics: Design of New Media Practices within Digital Fabrication
        Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems
        [Torres, Cesar]. 355--358.

      2017
      • Conference Proceeding
        Illumination aesthetics: Light as a creative material within computational design
        Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
        [Torres, Cesar, O'Leary, Jasper, Nicholas, Molly, Paulos, Eric]. 6111--6122.

      2016
      • Conference Proceeding
        Aesthetic electronics: Designing, sketching, and fabricating circuits through digital exploration
        Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
        [Lo, Joanne, Torres, Cesar, Yang, Isabel, O'Leary, Jasper, Kaufman, Danny, Li, Wilmot, Dontcheva, Mira, Paulos, Eric]. 665--676.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Digital craftsmanship: HCI takes on technology as an expressive medium
        Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems
        [Jacobs, Jennifer, Mellis, David, Zoran, Amit, Torres, Cesar, Brandt, Joel, Tanenbaum, Joshua]. 57--60.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Proxyprint: Supporting crafting practice through physical computational proxies
        Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
        [Torres, Cesar, Li, Wilmot, Paulos, Eric]. 158--169.

      2015
      • Conference Proceeding
        Fl. UIs: Liquid-mediated vision based touch surfaces
        Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
        [Campbell, Tim, Torres, Cesar, Paulos, Eric]. 85--88.
      • Conference Proceeding
        HapticPrint: Designing feel aesthetics for digital fabrication
        Proceedings of the 28th annual ACM symposium on user interface software \& technology
        [Torres, Cesar, Campbell, Tim, Kumar, Neil, Paulos, Eric]. 583--591.
      • Conference Proceeding
        MetaMorphe: Designing expressive 3D models for digital fabrication
        Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition
        [Torres, Cesar, Paulos, Eric]. 73--82.

      2013
      • Conference Proceeding
        Webzeitgeist: design mining the web
        Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
        [Kumar, Ranjitha, Satyanarayan, Arvind, Torres, Cesar, Lim, Maxine, Ahmad, Salman, Klemmer, ScottR, Talton, JerryO]. 3083--3092.

      2012
      • Technical Report
        Learning structural semantics for the web
        [Lim, M, Kumar, R, Satyanarayan, A, Torres, C, Talton, JO, Klemmer, SR]. "Tech. rep. CSTR 2012-03. Stanford University".

Presentations

    • July  2020
      Torres, CesarArmando, "Creativity Support Tools", Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Virtual). (July 19, 2020).

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Undergraduate Supervised Research
      Ivan Jaimes, (Computer Science and Engineer)
      Embedded Glass: Circuits On Stained Glass Art
    • Present
      Other
      Shreyosi Endow, (Computer Science and Engineer)
      Ph.D. Advisor
    • Present
      Other
      Akib Zaman, (Computer Science and Engineer)
      Ph.D. Advisor
    • Present
      Master's Thesis Committee Chair
      Hedieh Moradi, (Computer Science and Engineer)
    • Jan 2020
      Graduate Supervised Research
      Hedieh Moradi, Submitted and accepted to ACM Designing Interactive Systems 2020. (Computer Science and Engineer)
      Siloseam: Design and Fabrication of Silicone Bladders

Courses

      • CSE 5393-031 DIRECTED STUDY IN COMPUTER SCI
        (Course Id: 102562)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 5698-031 MASTER'S THESIS II
        (Course Id: 102571)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 6397-031 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102609)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 6697-031 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102614)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 3392-001 SPECIAL TOPICS
        (Topic: Intro to HCI | Course Id: 111209)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 5392-2
        (Course Id: 102561)
        Fall - 2020
      • CSE 6392-3
        (Course Id: 102608)
        Fall - 2020
      • CSE 4391-003 INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS
        (Course Id: 102488)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • CSE 5398-031 MASTER'S THESIS I
        (Course Id: 102566)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • CSE 6397-031 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102609)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • CSE 6697-031 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102614)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • CSE 6392-003 SPECIAL TOPICS
        (Topic: Multimedia Design Tools | Course Id: 102608)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 5392-002 TOPICS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Topic: Multimedia DesignTools | Course Id: 102561)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 3392-1
        (Course Id: 111209)
        Spring - 2020
      • CSE 3392-001 SPECIAL TOPICS
        (Topic: Intro to HCI | Course Id: 111209)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 6392-003 SPECIAL TOPICS
        (Topic: Multimedia Design Tools | Course Id: 102608 | Xlist Coursepre: CSE | Xlist Coursenum: 5392)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 5392-003 TOPICS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Topic: Multimedia Design Tools | Course Id: 102561 | Xlist Coursepre: CSE | Xlist Coursenum: 6392)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus

Service to the University

    • Dec 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      McNair Scholar Selection Committee
      Review McNair Scholars applications for UTA and participate in selecting annual undergraduate research scholars at the University level.
    • Aug 2020 to  Present Faculty Advisor
      Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
    • July 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      College of Engineering Diversity & Inclusion Committee
    • Feb 2020 to  Mar 2020 Workshop Organizer
      MyCS@DFW Workshop
      Hosted a 12-hr workshop for improving participation in CS by women.

      http://hybridatelier.uta.edu/events/1-forming-wearables:-sewable-circuits-and-computational-textiles


Service to the Profession

    • May 2020 to  Present
      Associate Chair (Pictorials Track) (Venice, Italy)
      ACM Creativity & Cognition
      Coordinate reviews for C&C2021 Pictorials submission track. Review and offer recommendation for acceptance or rejection to conference proceedings.
    • Aug 2019 to  Present
      Associate Chair, Papers Committee (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
      ACM Designing Interactive Systems 2020 Conference
    • Sept 2020 to  May 2021
      Program OrganizerTexas,
      TxHCI Seminar
      Created and organized Texas-wide seminar series to promote HCI research in Texas (in collaboration with UT Austin and Texas A&M).