Jocelyn Shen

About Me

Hi! I'm Jocelyn, a Master's student at the MIT Media Lab's Personal Robots Group. I graduated from MIT in 2021 with a degree in Computer Science alongisde a minor in Economics. My research interests are in human robot interaction, behavioral science, and AI ethics. In the past, I've worked at Facebook (Software Engineering Intern), Citadel (Software Engineering Intern), and Affectiva (Data Science Intern). I hope my research can be used to improve personalization, educational technology and learning outcomes, and ultimately contribute to greater equality in education. Aside from my academic work, I like to sketch characters and write anything ranging from poems to essays to novels. Check out the rest of this site to learn more!


Lifelong Personalization via Gaussian Process Modeling for Long-Term HRI

Samuel Spaulding, Jocelyn Shen, HaeWon Park, and Cynthia Breazeal. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 2021

Towards Transferrable Player Models in Educational Games

Samuel Spaulding, Jocelyn Shen, HaeWon Park, and Cynthia Breazeal. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2021

Branching principles of animal and plant networks identified by combining extensive data, machine learning and modelling

Alexander B. Brummer, Panagiotis Lymperopoulos, Jocelyn Shen, Elif Tekin, Lisa P. Bentley, Vanessa Buzzard, Andrew Gray, Imma Oliveras, Brian J. Enquist and Van M. Savage. Journal of the Royal Society Interface Volume 18, Issue 174, 2021


pop'nWeblab 2020 Semifinalist

Online polling game to test people's knowledge on questions from around the world

footprntFacebook, 2019

Travel the world virtually through footprnt. Explore user-created travel logs from all around the world.

Eye in the SkyHackMIT Winner 2019 (Health Tech)

Mobile application for crowd-sourced natural disaster relief.

In-Vehicle Object DetectionAffectiva, Emotion AI Summit 2018

Object detection using Retinanet to help drivers on the road.



Between Barbed Wire: A Visual Analysis of TIME's Welcome to America2nd prize, MIT List Vera Prize for Writing on the Visual Arts

A series of rafts float closer to shore, near the Rio Grande on United States territory. The riders’ faces are beaten and their hair mangled and sweaty...

She Lies Through Her TeethMIT Rune Magazine

Every parent has a pet peeve. My mother’s is dishonesty. In her house, even the little white lies never went unnoticed...

Sugar Glass Cage1st prize, Helen Creeley Poetry Prize (High School)

Walking through streets of Nanjing
Lanterns speckled by the carbon dust and debris...

A Needle in Time1st prize, Helen Creeley Poetry Prize (High School)

The needle is a fine strand of hair plucked from an aging scalp.
It is intentional in physiology...


Machines and MedicineThe Tech (MIT Newspaper)

Artificial intelligence is beginning to cement itself as a useful tool for researchers and engineers alike, and it has the potential to become a new addition to the health professional’s toolkit...

Mental Health and the BrainThe Tech (MIT Newspaper)

Research into the human brain has rapidly grown in the past few decades, and scientists and patients alike are beginning to understand the importance of mental health awareness...


Time Zone 1st prize, MIT Boit Manuscript Prize

Juneau is a mess. From the outside, she has it all together: she is smart, warm, and well-liked. But behind closed doors, she lets all the pent-up emotions flood out. Haiden is her best friend. He’s her rock, but he’s also absolutely off-limits. Caught in the midst of turbulence back home and at school, Juneau struggles to uncover her own identity as the voices around her are so disharmonious. The only thing that helps her drown out the noise is Haiden. There’s just one problem: he’s moving to the other side of the world in three months.
But with a heart full of hope, she wonders if perhaps their love can perservere across every time zone.
Told through a mixture of traditional narrative and social media posts, Time Zone is a story about love in the digital age, mental health, and racial identity.



Alleyway in watercolor (2020) - MIT Drawing for Designers
Xu Deqi Rendition (2020) - MIT Drawing for Designers Deer in the Headlights (2020) - MIT Drawing for Designers
The Pool (2015) - Gold Key, Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards


06/2021 portrait sketches 05/2021 portrait sketches 04/2021 figure drawing 03/2021 skull anatomy sketches
06/2021 figure sketches 05/2021 figure sketches 04/2021 portrait sketches 04/2021 hand and feed sketches
06/2021 life drawing 05/2021 life drawing 03/2021 anatomical sketches 03/2021 portrait sketches