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Solace Shen

Postdoctoral Associate

Areas of Interest

Human-robot interaction, social and moral development, moral judgment and action, perceptions of personified technologies, value sensitive design

Biography

Solace Shen is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University and a member of the Robots in Groups Lab. Her research centers on understanding people’s social and moral interactions with personified technologies that are designed to socially engage humans (e.g., robots, virtual agents, etc.), and the effects of such interactions on human, especially children’s, social and moral development. She seeks to bring insights from developmental psychology to theoretically ground the design of personified technologies in ways that can enhance human experience and development. Her current projects focus on whether and how interaction with social robots can facilitate children’s development and use of social and emotional skills in the context of social conflict.

Dr. Shen received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her doctoral thesis investigated children’s and adolescents’ conceptions of the moral standing of a commercially available humanoid robot, and was the first study to experimentally assess the effects of a robot’s physical embodiment on children’s moral reasoning regarding personified technologies. She also holds a Master of Pacific International Affairs with an international management concentration and regional specializations in China and Japan from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.A. in Asian Studies from California State University, Sacramento.

Publications

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  • Kahn, P. H., Jr., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, H., Gill, B. T., Shen, S., Gary, H. E., Ruckert, J. H. (2015). Will people keep the secret of a humanoid robot? Psychological intimacy in HRI. Proceedings of the 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 173-180. doi:10.1145/2696454.2696486
  • Kahn, P. H., Jr., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, H., Shen, S., Gary, H. E., & Ruckert, J. H. (2014). Creative collaboration with a social robot. Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, 99-103. doi:10.1145/2632048.2632058
  • Kahn, P. H., Jr., Ruckert, J. H., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, H., Gary, H. E., & Shen, S. (2014). No joking aside: Using humor to establish sociality in HRI. Proceedings of the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 188-189. doi:10.1145/2559636.2559813
  • Kahn, P. H., Jr., Gary, H. E., & Shen, S. (2013). Children’s social relationship with current and near-future robots. Child Development Perspectives, 7, 32-37. doi:10.1111/cdep.12011
  • Kahn, P. H., Jr., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, H., Freier, N. G., Severson, R. L., Gill, B. T., … Shen, S. (2012). “Robovie, you’ll have to go into the closet now”: Children’s social and moral relationships with a humanoid robot. Developmental Psychology, 48, 303-314. doi:10.1037/a0027033
  • Kahn, P. H., Jr., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, H., Gill, B. T., Ruckert, J. H., Shen, S., … Severson, R. L. (2012). Do people hold a humanoid robot morally accountable for the harm it causes? Proceedings of the 7th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 33-40. doi:10.1145/2157689.2157696 (Best paper award)
  • Shen, S. (2011). The curious case of human-robot morality. Proceedings of the 6thACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 249-250. doi:10.1145/1957656.1957755