My research is driven by the following intriguing question: how can we establish, maintain and regulate the interactions between humans and agents (e.g., machines, and humans) for desired outcomes? A critical step toward answering this question is to understand principles and structures of multi-agent interactions at scale. To this end, I delve into the interdisciplinary research that spans human-agent interaction, multi-agent systems, game theory, reinforcement learning , decision theory and network science. My current work focuses on: (1) resilient mechanism design, and its application to online platforms and networks where agents may not be able to obtain perfect rationality; and (2) strategic diffusion in networks. Typical methodologies include information design, mechanism design, social influence network theory, learning and optimization in sequential decision making, and multi-agent simulation.

Recent Publications

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  • W. Shen, J. W. Crandall, K. Yan, and C. V. Lopes
    Information Design in Crowdfunding under Thresholding Policies.
    In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.
    AAMAS 2018, Stockholm, Sweden (Acceptance rate: 25%, 597 submissions)
    Preprint, BibTeX
  • K. Yan, W. Shen, H. Lu, and Q. Jin
    Emerging Privacy Issues and Solutions in Cyber-Enabled Sharing Services.
    ACM Computing Surveys (Under Second Round Review).

    Preprint, BibTeX
  • W. Shen, A. A. Khemeiri, A. Almehrezi, W. Al-Enezi, I. Rahwan, and J. W. Crandall
    Regulating Highly Automated Robot Ecologies: Insights from Three User Studies.
    In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction.
    HAI 2017, Bielefeld, Germany
    . Winner of the Best Student Paper Award.
    Paper, DOI, Review, BibTeX, Slides, Code, Media: Heise online
  • 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, NY
    (Acceptance rate: 24%, 2294 submissions).
    Paper, DOI, BibTeX , Presentation, Poster
  • W. Shen and C. V. Lopes
    Managing Autonomous Mobility on Demand Systems for Better Passenger Experience.
    In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems.
    PRIMA 2015, Bertinoro, Italy
    (Acceptance rate: 31%).
    Paper, DOI, BibTeX , Presentation



Best Student Paper Award, International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, 2017
Student Travel Grant (US$2,500), Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, 2013
Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award, Northwestern Polytechnical University, 2009


Conference Reviewer: HRI 2016-2018, HAI 2017, CHI 2017
Journal Reviewer: IEEE Trans Syst Man Cybern Syst (2017), INT J ELEC POWER (2013)
Sub-reviewer: Transportation Science (2017)


Reader, INF43 - Introduction to Software Engineering, Fall 2014
Reader, INF225/CS221 - Information Retrieval, Winter 2015
Reader, INF124 - Internet Applications Engineering, Spring 2015
Assistant, INF295 - Distributed Interactive Simulation, Spring 2016