About Me

I am a PhD student affiliated with the MONDEGO group at the University of California, Irvine. My advisor is Prof. Cristina Lopes. I received my M.Sc in Computing and Information Science from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, and B. Eng in Software Engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an.

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I am passionate about investigating how to influence (biological and artificial) agents' behavior for desired outcomes. My ultimate goal is to develop machines that are capable of effectively reshaping agents' behavior through information design, mechanism design, institution design and beyond. My research interests lie in the intersection of distributed artificial intelligence, human-machine interaction, interactive machine learning, algorithmic economics, cognitive psychology, and decision theory. My current work focuses on: (1) information/mechanism/institution design to induce cooperation among agents with different interests for socailly desired objectives in online platforms (e.g., ridesharing, crowdfunding, and crowdsourcing); (2) learning from revealed preferences to reconstruct agents' decision-making process; (3) enabling decision makers to evaluate their policies through design and development of scalable simulation frameworks.

I have actively participated in the following research projects:


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1. K. Yan, Z. Ji, and W. Shen
Online Fault Detection Methods for Chillers Combining Extended Kalman Filter and Recursive One-class SVM.
Neurocomputing (In press)
2. W. Shen, C. V. Lopes, and J. W. Crandall
An Online Mechanism for Ridesharing in Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand Systems.
In Proceedings of the 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2016)
New York City, NY
(Acceptance rate: 24%, 2294 submissions).
Paper, DOI, Presentation, Poster
3. W. Shen and C. V. Lopes
Managing Autonomous Mobility on Demand Systems for Better Passenger Experience.
In Proceedings of the 18th Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA 2015)
Bertinoro, Italy
(Acceptance rate: 31%).
Paper, DOI, Presentation
4. T. Mulumba, A. Afshari, K. Yan, W. Shen, and L. K. Norford
Robust Model-based Fault Diagnosis for Air Handling Units.
Energy and Buildings, Vol.86 (2015), pp. 698-707.
Paper, DOI
5. K. Yan, W. Shen, T. Mulumba, and A. Afshari
ARX Model Based Fault Detection and Diagnosis for Chillers using Support Vector Machines.
Energy and Buildings, Vol.81 (2014), pp. 287-295.
Paper, DOI
6. W. Shen, V. Babushkin, Z. Aung, and W. L. Woon
An Ensemble Model for Day-ahead Electricity Demand Time Series Forecasting.
In Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy'13)
Berkeley, California
(Acceptance rate: 28.95%).
Paper, DOI, Presentation
7. W. Zheng, W. Shen, and Y. Zhang
Implementing Spam Filter By Improving Naïve Bayesian Algorithm.
Journal of Northwestern Polytechnical University , Vol.28, no.4, pp.622-627, 2010.
Paper (In Chinese), DOI, Citations: 22
Working Papers
1. W. Shen, A. A. Khemiri, W. Al-Enezi, I. Rahwan, and J. W. Crandall
Tradeoffs in Regulating Highly Automated Robot Ecologies.

2. K. Yan, W. Shen, Q Jin, and H. Lu
Emerging Privacy Issues in Cyber-Enabled Sharing Services: Survey and Solutions.
Theses and Technical Reports
Regulating Self-Adaptive Multi-Agent Systems with Real-Time Interventions.
Master Thesis, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, June 2013. (Passed with no corrections required)
Thesis Committee: Jacob W. Crandall (Chair), Iyad Rahwan, Zeyar Aung. Date: May 15th, 2013
Paper, Presentation


I have assisted in teaching the following courses at UC Irvine:
     INF43: Introduction to Software Engineering, Fall 2014
     INF225/CS221: Information Retrieval, Winter 2015
     INF124: Internet Applications Engineering, Spring 2015
     INF295: Distributed Interactive Simulation, Spring 2016


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.


I love reading classics, both Chinese and English. Besides, I enjoy being a backpacker. I'm also a fan of Saxophone, especially soprano.
I'm a tea addict, especially to green tea. I drink tea to stay awake because life is short.


Wen Shen 
University of California Irvine
408B, ICS Building
Irvine, CA 92697, USA
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