My long-term research goal is to answer the following intriguing question: how can we enable machines to automatically design effective interventions (e.g., mechanisms, contracts, and information structures) that can promote cooperation among strategic agents (e.g., machines, and humans) for desired outcomes (e.g., public good, profit maximization, manipulation prevention)? A critical step is to understand the roles of incentives, institutions and norms in large-scale multi-agent interactions through prediction, learning and games. To this end, I delve into the interdisciplinary research that spans multi-agent systems, game theory, human-agent interaction, and online learning. 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; (2) strategic diffusion in large-scale networks with application to advertisement, auctions, and cybersecurity; (3) online methods in machine learning with their applications to strategic decision making (I'm particularly interested in learning algorithms that can work well with "small" data); and (4) trustworthy machine learning. Typical methodologies include information design, mechanism design, social influence theory, learning and optimization in sequential decision making, and multi-agent simulation.

Recent Publications

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  • W. Shen, R. Achar, and C. V. Lopes
    A Simulation Analysis of Large Contests with Thresholding Agents.
    In Proceedings of the 2019 Winter Simulation Conference (To appear).
    WSC 2019, National Harbor, Maryland.

  • W. Shen, Y. Feng, and C. V. Lopes
    Multi-Winner Contests for Strategic Diffusion in Social Networks.
    In Proceedings of the 33rd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
    AAAI 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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  • K. Yan, W. Shen, H. Lu, and Q. Jin
    Emerging Privacy Issues and Solutions in Cyber-Enabled Sharing Services: From Multiple Perspectives.
    IEEE Access, 2019
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  • W. Shen, R. Achar, and C. V. Lopes
    Toward Understanding the Impact of User Participation in Autonomous Ridesharing Systems.
    In Proceedings of the 2018 Winter Simulation Conference.
    WSC 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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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
    Preprint, DOI, BibTeX, Slides, Poster
  • 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, New York
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  • 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
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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: CSCW 2019, HRI 2016-2019, HAI 2017, CHI 2017
Journal Reviewer: Applied Thermal Eng. (2018), IEEE Trans Syst Man Cybern Syst (2017), INT J ELEC POWER (2013)
Sub-reviewer: Transportation Science (2017)


Reader, ICS45J - Programming In Java, Spring 2018
Assistant, INF295 - Distributed Interactive Simulation, Spring 2016
Reader, INF124 - Internet Applications Engineering, Spring 2015
Reader, INF225/CS221 - Information Retrieval, Winter 2015
Reader, INF43 - Introduction to Software Engineering, Fall 2014