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Jocelyn Shen

Hi! I'm Jocelyn, a Master's student at the MIT Media Lab in the Personal Robots Group, advised by Professor Cynthia Breazeal. I graduated from MIT in 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science alongside a minor in Economics.

My research is broadly situated in the field of human-centered AI and aims to advance computational approaches for human-AI interactions that promote human-human connection, empathy, and prosociality as well as evaluate where AI systems fail to do so. I believe that responsibly designed AI can be used as a tool to better understand and express the human experience, both on an individual and interpersonal level. My work focuses on developing social and emotional reasoning capabilities in artificial agents in parallel to understanding the mechanisms behind human behaviors. I use these insights to design new human-AI interactions that foster prosocial behaviors. Additionally, I am interested in evaluating the underlying capabilities, safety, and alignment of social-emotional AI systems and place a strong emphasis on assessing the impact of such interactive systems in the real world.

In the past, I've worked at Facebook (Software Engineering Intern), Citadel (Software Engineering Intern), and Affectiva (Data Science Intern), where I've developed full stack applications, backend infrastructures, and machine learning pipelines. Aside from my work, I like to sketch characters and write anything ranging from poems to essays to novels. My awarded creative works often center around themes of racial identity, the meaning of art, and the digital age. Check out the rest of this site to learn more, and feel free to reach out!

Research

Towards Transferrable Player Models in Educational Games

Samuel Spaulding, Jocelyn Shen, HaeWon Park, and Cynthia Breazeal.
AAMAS, 2021
paper

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
paper

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
paper code

Projects

Role of Parent Nonverbal Cues in Children’s Engagement During Dialogic Reading
MAS.630 Affective Computing, Fall 2021

Research paper exploring the effect of a parent's nonverbal cues (body gesture) on a child's affect (engagement) during a joint educational task (dialogic reading).
paper

Improving Multiturn Dialogue Reasoning Through Pretraining
6.864 NLP, Fall 2021

Evalute BERT-based models' abilities to perform various types of reasoning in multiturn dialogue datasets using different pretraining approaches.
paper

pop'n
Weblab 2020

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

Eye in the Sky
HackMIT 2019

Mobile application for crowd-sourced natural disaster relief.
1st place (Healthtech)
demo code

footprnt
Facebook 2019

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

In-Vehicle Object Detection
Affectiva, Emotion AI Summit 2018

Object detection using Retinanet to help drivers on the road.
presentation

Writing

Novels

Time Zone

A story about racial identity and love in the digital age, told through a mixture of traditional narrative and social media messages.
1st prize, MIT Boit Manuscript Prize

Essays & Poetry

Between Barbed Wire: A Visual Analysis of TIME's Welcome to America

Visual analysis essay of TIME's Welcome to America cover, discussing the relationship between visual elements and U.S. immigration policies in parallel.
2nd prize, MIT List Vera Prize for Writing on the Visual Arts
essay

She Lies Through Her Teeth
MIT Rune Magazine

Personal essay on lying for oneself versus lying for others. Explores themes of racial identity and family.
essay

Sugar Glass Cage

Personal work, short poem on pollution.
1st Place, Helen Creeley Poetry Prize

A Needle in Time

Personal work, short poem on acupuncture and the body.
1st Place, Helen Creeley Poetry Prize

On Tech

Machines and Medicine
The Tech (MIT Newspaper)

Interviews with the Clinicial Machine Learning Group and Medical Vision Group at MIT on the future of AI in healthcare.
article

Mental Health and the Brain
The Tech (MIT Newspaper)

Interviews with researchers at the MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research on the science of mental health and the brain.
article

Artwork

I began teaching myself digital drawing and painting in 2020, and have developed a particular interest in character design and visual storytelling. Below you will find some of my selected pieces. For more artwork and sketches, look for my alias @bnbndog and check out my socials linked below.

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Works

Sketches