Wei-Min Shen

PhD, Principal Investigator, Professor

Director, Polymorphic Robotics Laboratory
Associate Director, USC Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems
Research Leader, Information Sciences Institute
Research Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
Associate Professor of Computer Science Practice, Viterbit School

USC Information Sciences Institute
4676 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Email: "shen at isi.edu" "wmshen at usc.edu"
Phone: (310) 448-8710, Fax: (310) 822-0751

If you want to know him in detail, please watch this interview at CU@USC, and his research lab.

Dr. Wei-Min (Weimin) Shen received his Ph.D. under Nobel and Turing Award Laureate Professor Herbert A. Simon and co-advisor Professor Jaime Carbonell from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. He has over 30 years of research experience and his current research interests include self-reconfigurable and metamorphic systems, autonomous robots, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Life Science. He has over 150 publications in these areas.

Dr. Shen's current research is mostly done in USC's Polymorphic Robotics Lab, with research projects such as: StarCell, SuperBot, Suprise-Based Learning, SOLAR, CONRO, SOALA, DataCrystal, KOJAK, DYNAMITE, Adpateam, DreamTeam, YODA. His research has been supported by NSF, AFOSR, DARPA, ARO, NASA, and other government agencies and industrial companies. His research activities have been reported by leading scientific journals such as SCIENCE (9/26/1997 and 8/8/2003) and NATURE (5/28/2004), and media press such as CNN, BBC, Fox, NHK, Discovery, PBS, and other TVs, newspapers and magazines around the world.

He is the author of the book Autonomous Learning from Environment for machines to learn autonomously from environments based on "Surprises." He is the inventor of SuperBot, a self-reconfigurable robotic system, and the innventor of Digital Hormone Modle (DHM), a bio-inspired distributed control mechanism for self-reconfigurable systems, agents, robots, and networks. He has seven US patents for these and other inventions.

He is the recipient of a Silver-Medal Award in 1996 AAAI Robotics Competition, a World Championship Award in 1997 Middle-sized RoboCup Competition, a Meritorious Service Award at ISI in 1997, and a Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award at USC in 2003.

He served as chairs and committee members for international conferences and workshops in Robotics, Machine Learning, and Data Mining, and as editorial board members for scientific books and research journals. Dr. Shen is the chair for many Self-Reconfigurable Robots Workshops at ICRA, IROS, and RSS. He served the co-chair for the 7th International Conference on Intelligent and Autonomous Systems IAS-7, the editorial member for Handbook of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (Cambridge University Press), and the guest editors for IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, Autonomous Systems, and others. He also served on the program committee for AAAI, AAMAS, KDD, ICRA, IROS, DARS, and other international technical conferences.

For teaching, please visit CS561 (AI) 2013-2020, DSCI-553 (Data Mining) 2019-2021, DSCI-552 (ML) 2019, CS360 (AI) 2016-2018, CS593 1997, CS599 1996.

Favority lecture: Forecasting the Future or Shaping it? by the most respectable and dearest Professor Herbert A. Simon, 19 October 2000.