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Dr. Wei-Min (Weimin) Shen received his Ph.D. under Nobel 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, which focused on self-reconfigurable, adaptive, and autonomous robots and systems. The currently projects include StarCell, and Others. His past projects include 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, PBS, Discovery, and other TVs, newspapers and magazines around the world.
He is the authored of the book Autonomous Learning from Environment for machines to learn from "Surprises" (Surprise-Based Learning) in 1994. He is the inventor of SuperBot, a co-inventor of CONRO, and the inventor 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 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, and other international technical conferences.
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