About Me

I am a PhD student affiliated with the MONDEGO group at the University of California, Irvine. My advisor is Prof. Cristina V. 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 study robust mechanism design to achieve desirable objectives in dynamic environments. My research interests lie generally in the areas of distributed artificial intelligence, interactive machine learning, algorithmic economics, and human-machine interaction. My current work focuses on: (1) mechanism design to induce cooperation among agents with different interests for online platforms (e.g., ridesharing, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing); (2) learning in sequential decision making problems with uncertainty; (3) design and development of scalable simulation frameworks for modeling cooperative social-technological systems.

I have participated in the following research projects:


Google Scholar
1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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.
Working Paper
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
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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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