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Andrei B. B. Torres

PhD Student / Assistant Professor / Researcher / Developer, from Brazil into the world

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👷‍♂️ Professional Experience

Teaching Assistant @ OntarioTech University (Aug 2018 - Present)
Responsible for laboratory and tutorial sessions for undergrad courses in the Game Development and Entrepreneurship program at the Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT).

Assistant Professor (on leave of absence) @ Federal University of Ceará (UFC) (Jan 2015 - Present)
Faculty member of the Digital Systems and Media (Sistemas e Mídias Digitais - SMD) program, focused on digital animation and 3D.

Intern @ Palomino Sys (Jan 2020 - Aug 2020)
Internship part of the Collaborative Learning of Usability Experiences (CLUE) program
Explored immersive visualization in virtual and augmented reality based on retail data and created a proof-of-concept application for the Oculus Quest.

Intern @ Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) (Jan 2019 - Aug 2019)
Internship part of the Collaborative Learning of Usability Experiences (CLUE) program
Worked on a project to create a virtual reality application to be used as part of the working-at-heights training program.

Developer and Reseacher @ Federal University of Ceará (Feb 2011 - Jan 2015)
Drafted, designed and implemented the specs for Solar 2 UI (Solar 2 is a Virtual Learning Environment created by UFC developed in Ruby on Rails), created the UI design of various mobile apps for Android and iOS and created and maintained UI tests for Solar 2.

CG Artist @ Studio PO (Jan 2012 - Mar 2012)
Researched and implemented 3D effects to be used in the new transitions, intros and programs for TV Jangadeiro. Also worked in optimizing assets (objects, scenarios, materials) and improving the network render structure.

Webdesigner @ Federal University of Ceará (UFC) (2005 - Jan 2011)
Developed layouts used by Distance Learning courses, improved usability, accessibility and implemented new technologies (e.g., HTML5, augmented reality) into Distance Learning material.

Intern @ André Grieser Architecture and Acoustic Consulting (Mar 2008 - Aug 2008)
Architecture internship
Assisted in the design of acoustic-related residential and commercial architecture projects.

Intern @ César Fiuza Projetos (Aug 2007 - Dec 2007)
Architecture internship
Assisted in the design of commercial architecture projects and created 3D renders.

👨‍🏫 Academic Experience

Teaching Assistant @ OntarioTech University (Aug 2018 - Present)
Courses:

Assistant Professor (on leave of absence) @ Federal University of Ceará (UFC) (Jan 2015 - Present)
Courses:

🏫 Scholarly and Professional Academic Activities

Information Technology Chair @ DiSIMinate 2 Build - maxSIMhealth (2020 - Present)
Member of the Steering Comittee.

Deputy Editor @ Cureus - Annals of Simulation - maxSIMhealth (2019 - Present)


🎓 Education

PhD (Candidate; Expected completion July 2022) in Computer Science
OntarioTech University - Oshawa, Ontario, Canada (Aug 2018 - Aug 2022)

Master of Engineering in Teleinformatics Engineering
Federal University of Ceará - Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil (Feb 2015 - Jul 2017)

Bachelor in Architecture in Architecture and Urbanism
Federal University of Ceará - Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil (Aug 2003 - Dec 2011)

🏆 Grants, honors & awards

eCampus Ontario - Virtual Learning Strategy - Content @ Government of Ontario (May 2021 - Feb 2022)
$77,396 - C. da Silva, B. Kapralos, A. Dubrowski, A. Torres, S. Coffey, C. Anyinam, L. Graham, E. Peisachovich, G. Maheux-Pelletier
International Educated Nurse-Centered Virtual Serious Game

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Small Grants Program @ Ontario Tech University (Mar 2021 - Mar 2022)
$6,914 - A. Dubrowski, B. Kapralos, A. Torres
Enhancing Educators’ Experience with a Collaborative Learning Management System (GEN-LMS)

Teaching City Grant @ City of Oshawa (Aug 2020 - Jul 2021)
$20,000 - A. Dubrowski, B. Kapralos, P. Mutombo, A. Torres
Using an innovative tool to teach and test cultural competencies to enhance age‐friendly communities.

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) @ Government of Ontario (Aug 2018 - Aug 2022)
$40,066 yearly - A. Torres
The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is a initiative from the Ontario government to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for doctoral studies.

💬 Languages

Portuguese: Native
English: CLB 9+

👨‍💻 Volunteer Work

Translator @ Haiku (Operating System) (2020 - Present)
Brazilian portuguese translator and language manager.

Project coordinator and programming lecturer @ App Run - Android App Marathon (2015)
Co-creator of the project, leading communication efforts, guiding volunteers and presenting part of the lectures.

Workshop lecturer and organizer @ Mediaweek Event (2015)
Introduction to Unity 3D Workshop.

Translator @ Mandrake Linux (2000 - 2003)
First brazilian portuguese translator. Worked on the initial versions of the graphical installer and system configuration tools.

💻 Technical Skills

Web Development: Vue.js, Django, HTML5, CSS3
3D Software: Blender, Modo, Maya, 3DStudio
3D Engines: Unity, Unreal
Scientific computing: Python, Matlab
Scripting languages: Python, JavaScript, Shell Script
Video Editing/Compositing: After Effects, Nuke, Fusion
Revision control: Git, Subversion
Digital Typesetting: LaTeX


📜 Publications & Talks

Journal Articles

B. Nguyen, A. Torres, W. Sim, D. Kenny, L. Beavers, D. Campbell, W. Lou, B. Kapralos, E. Peter, A. Dubrowski, S. Krishnan, V. Bhat, “Digital Interventions to Reduce Distress Among Health Care Providers at the Frontline: Protocol for a Feasibility Trial”. JMIR Preprints. 15/08/2021:32240, 2021, doi: 10.2196/preprints.32240 *Under review*

A. Dubrowski, B. Kapralos, E. Peisachovich, C. Da Silva, and A. Torres, “A Model for an Online Learning Management System for Simulation-Based Acquisition of Psychomotor Skills in Health Professions Education”. Editorial. Cureus, Mar. 2021, doi: 10.7759/cureus.14055

A. Torres, A. R. da Rocha, T. L. Coelho da Silva, J. N. de Souza, and R. S. Gondim, “Multilevel data fusion for the internet of things in smart agriculture”. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, vol. 171, p. 105309, Apr. 2020, doi: 10.1016/j.compag.2020.105309

C. M. S. Ferreira, M. J. P. Peixoto, P. A. S. Duarte, A. Torres, M. L. Silva Junior, L. S. Rocha, and W. Viana, “An evaluation of cross-platform frameworks for multimedia mobile applications development”. IEEE Latin America Transactions, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 1206-1212, 2018, doi: 10.1109/TLA.2018.8362158

J. C. S. Carvalho, A. R. da Rocha, F. R. C. Sousa, A. Torres, and J. N. De Souza, “Management of multiple applications for shared sensor and actuators networks”. IEEE Latin America Transactions, vol. 14, no. 10, pp. 4358-4366, 2016, doi: 10.1109/TLA.2016.7786316

Book Chapters

A. Torres and maxSIMhealth Group, “An interconnected collective of manufacturing, design, and simulation labs to advance medical simulation training”. In: A. L. Brooks, S. Branham, B. Kapralos, A. Nakajima, J. Tyerman, and l. Jain (Eds.). Recent Advances in Technologies for Inclusive Well-Being: Virtual Patients, Gamification and Simulation, Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 141–176, 2021, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-59608-8_8

M. F. Bonates and A. Torres, “Modelagem 3D: Conceitos Básicos e o Estado da Arte”. In: Edgar Marçal et al. (Org.). Sistemas e Mídias Digitais: Uma Introdução, 1 ed., São Paulo: Pontes Editores, Campinas, pp. 61-87, 2017.

A. R. da Rocha, F. R. C. Sousa, A. Torres, and J. N. De Souza, “Internet of Things: Architecture, Technologies and Applications.” In: Silvia Watts. (Org.). The Internet of Things (IoT): Applications, Technology, and Privacy Issues, 1st ed., S. Watts, Ed. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Publishers, pp. 1–21, 2016.

Conference Papers

A. Torres, B. Kapralos, C. da Silva, E. Peisachovich, and A. Dubrowski, “A Scenario Editor to Create and Modify Virtual Simulations and Serious Games for Mental Health Education”. In: The Twelfth International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications (IISA 2021), Online, July 12-14, 2021.

A. Torres, C. Carmichael, W. Wang, M. Paraskevakos, A. Uribe-Quevedo, P. Giles, and J. L. Yawney, “A 360 Video Editor Framework for Interactive Training”. In: 2020 IEEE 8th International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health (SeGAH), Vancouver, BC, Canada, pp. 1-7, 2020, doi: 10.1109/SeGAH49190.2020.9201707

S. V. Cruz, G. de Castro Quintino, A. Torres, and W. Viana, “Providing Sense of Embodiment with Mobile Virtual Reality Devices: A Case Study using the ‘ Lamp-Head’s Laboratory’ Animation”. In: 2019 21st Symposium on Virtual and Augmented Reality (SVR), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, pp. 1-9, 2019, doi: 10.1109/SVR.2019.00017

A. Torres, B. Kapralos, A. Uribe-Quevedo, E. Z. Quero, and A. Dubrowski, “A gamified educational network for collaborative learning”. In: Auer M.E., Tsiatsos T. (eds) Internet of Things, Infrastructures and Mobile Applications. IMCL 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1192. Springer, Cham., doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-49932-7_26

K. Wilcocks, A. Torres, A. Uribe-Quevedo, B. Kapralos, S. Hunt, K. Slade, and G. Cullen, “Development of a Virtual Reality-Based Working at Heights Safety Awareness Framework”. In: Proceedings of the 23rd Annual IEEE International Symposium on Consumer Technologies (ISCT 2019), June 19-21, Ancona, Italy, doi: 10.1109/ISCE.2019.8901011

A. Torres, J. Adriano Filho, A. R. da Rocha, R. S. Gondim, and J. N. De Souza, “Outlier detection methods and sensor data fusion for precision agriculture”. In: Anais do IX Simpósio Brasileiro de Computação Ubíqua e Pervasiva (SBCUP). São Paulo, 2017, doi: 10.5753/sbcup.2017.3316

A. Torres, A. R. da Rocha, and J. de Souza, “Análise de desempenho de brokers mqtt em sistema de baixo custo”. In: Anais do XV Workshop em Desempenho de Sistemas Computacionais e de Comunicação, Porto Alegre, pp. 2804-2815, 2016, doi: 10.5753/wperformance.2016.9727

P. de T. C. Pequeno Filho, W. W. F. Sarmento, A. Torres, J. M. Soares, G. C. Barroso and G. A. L. Paillard, “u-LabPA: A framework based on ubiquitous computing for laboratory activities”. In: 2016 8th Euro American Conference on Telematics and Information Systems (EATIS), Cartagena, pp. 1-5, 2016, doi: 10.1109/EATIS.2016.7520146

M. J. P. Peixoto, A. Torres, W. W. F. Sarmento, R. S. Freire, and H. S. L. Pequeno, “Mathpost: A Integração de uma Ferramenta Gráfica Utilizando LaTeX para Discussões em Webforum”. In: Congresso Brasileiro de Educação em Engenharia (COBENGE), Juiz de Fora, 2014.

A. de L. Coutinho Junior, A. Torres, M. J. P. Peixoto, C. M. A. Bezerra, Y. V. S. Albuquerque, D. A. A. Gurgel, L. L. C. Pequeno and W. W. F. Sarmento, Utilização de robótica livre com dispositivos móveisno ensino de lógica de programação para alunos do Ensino Fundamental. In XIX Conferência Internacional sobre Informática na Educação (TISE), Fortaleza, p. 10, 2014.

W. W. F. Sarmento, G. A. L. Paillard, W. S. Lima, K. F. Rabelo, A. Torres, H. O. O. Gomes, P. M. B. Costa and M. C. Pequeno, “extMobilisTTS: Uma Arquitetura de Aplicação Móvel para Suporte a Fóruns usando Text-to-Speech em Ambientes Virtuais de Aprendizagem”. In: XXXI Simpósio Brasileiro de Redes de Computadores e Sistemas Distribuídos, Brasília. Anais do 31º Simpósio Brasileiro de Redes de Computadores e Sistemas Distribuídos. SBC, pp. 1068-1075, Porto Alegre, 2013.

W. W. F. Sarmento, C. L. Harriman, K. F. Rabelo, and A. Torres, “Avaliação de Usabilidade no processo de desenvolvimento contínuo em Ambientes Virtuais de Aprendizagem: um estudo de caso com o ambiente SOLAR”. In XXII Simpósio Brasileiro de Informática na Educação e o XVII Workshop de Informática na Escola (SBIE - WIE)). Anais do Simpósio Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, pp. 781-791, Aracaju, 2011.

Abstracts and Posters

P. Mutombo, A. Torres, B. Kapralos, B. Gamble, B. Momand, C. Adams, L. Lawson, C. da Silva, A. Dubrowski, “Using Community-Based Participatory Research to build an Innovative Virtual Environment to Enhance Age-friendly Cultural Competencies,” IFAs 15th Global Conference on Ageing “Rights Matter”, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 10-12, 2021.

P. Mutombo, A. Torres, B. Kapralos, B. Gamble, B. Momand, C. Adams, L. Lawson, C. da Silva, A. Dubrowski, “Seniors Cultural Competency Virtual Learning Environment (SCCVLE): An Innovative Education Tool to enhance Competencies,” MEI 2021 4th International Conference on Medical Education Informatics, Virtual, The University of Nottingham, UK and the University of Malaya, Malaysia, Jul. 12-15, 2021.

C. da Silva, A. Torres, B. Kapralos, E. Peisachovich, C. Anyinam, S. Coffey, L. Graham, A. Dubrowski, “Co-Designing Mental Health Virtual Reality Education,” MEI 2021 4th International Conference on Medical Education Informatics, Poster, Virtual, The University of Nottingham, UK and the University of Malaya, Malaysia, Jul. 12-15, 2021.

D. Buttu, A. Torres, B. Kapralos, A. Dubrowski, B. Gino, A. Benson, “The Development of A Virtual Education Simulation of an Adult Proximal Tibia Model for Intraosseous Insertion,” MEI 2021 4th International Conference on Medical Education Informatics, Virtual, The University of Nottingham, UK and the University of Malaya, Malaysia, Jul. 12-15, 2021.

P. Mutombo, A. Torres, B. Kapralos, B. Gamble, C. Adams, L. Lawson, A. Dubrowski and C. da Silva, “An Innovative Virtual Learning Environment to Enhance Age-Friendly Cultural Competencies,” COMPSAC 2021: Intelligent and Resilient Computing for a Collaborative World, Jul. 12-16, 2021, doi: 10.1109/COMPSAC51774.2021.00195

C. da Silva, A. Torres, B. Karalos, E. Peisachovich, A. Dubrowski, V. Baltazar, B. Qureshi and N. Caraballo, “Person-centered Virtual Serious Games: Mental Health Education,” COMPSAC 2021: Intelligent and Resilient Computing for a Collaborative World, Jul. 12-16, 2021, doi: 10.1109/COMPSAC51774.2021.00196

A. Dubrowski, B. Kapralos, E. Patocskai, A. Torres, A. Arutiunian, S. Wahab, T. Weber, M. Mnaymneh, “Virtual Health Experiential Learning Platform (HELP) - Utilizing Gamified Educational Networking and Three-Dimensional Printing for Distance Training,” The Learner: Twenty-eighth International Conference on Learning, Krakow, Poland, Jul. 9-11, 2021.

S. Wahab, D. Smeeton, A. Torres, B. Kapralos, A. Dubrowski, “Application of hierarchical task analysis to construct experiential task analysis hands-on and on-line training modules to teach microtomy: A pilot study,” 2020 Canadian Health Workforce Virtual Conference, Dec. 9-10, 2020.

N. Guérard-Poirier, M. Beniey, L. Méloche-Dumas, A. Torres, M. Dhane, B. Misheva, A. Dubrowski, F. Mercier, E. Patocskai, “A Gamified Network for Surgical Education during COVID-19: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” Canadian Conference for the Advancement of Surgical Education (C-CASE), Oct. 29-30, 2020.

A. Torres, B. Kapralos, A. Uribe-Quevedo, E. Zea, A. Dubrowski, “A gamified educational network for collaborative learning”. In: Proceedings of the 2019 SIM-one SIM Expo, Montreal, Canada, Oct. 21-22, 2019.

⚛ Research Projects

Could Digital Interventions Help Understand And Flatten The Curve Of Distress Due To Moral Injury Among Health Care Workers During The COVID Pandemic: A Pilot Study (2021 - Current)
Interdisciplinary project in partnership with members of Ryerson University, University of Colorado, St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto, University of Toronto, funded by a Department of National Defense grant. Acting as researcher and developer creating virtual reality scenario, dialogues, as well as performing experiment sessions and collecting data.

Person-Centered Serious Games for Mental Health Education (2020 - Current)
Interdisciplinary project in partnership with members of the Health Science department from York University, funded by an NSERC grant. Acting as researcher and developer creating the 3D assets and dialogue editor and player.

Using an innovative tool to teach and test cultural competencies to enhance age‐friendly communities (2020 - Current)
A collaboration between TeachingCity Oshawa, Oshawa Senior Community Centres (OSCC55+), the City of Oshawa, and Ontario Tech University. Researcher and developer of the technology components.

GEN: Gamified Educational Network (2018 - Current)
Acting as researcher and developer of GEN, focusing on web development and applying gamification concepts.

SmartGreen: An Internet-of-Things Framework for Intelligent Agriculture (2016 - 2019)
Researcher and developer of software and hardware. Worked in implementing data fusion algorithms in a sensor network based on low-end hardware.

Virtual Shooting Training System (2010 - 2011)
Director of 3D environments and models.

Use of Mediatic Languages in Distance Learning Courses (2007 - 2009)
Researcher of new technologies to improve distance learning.