His research interests are in the areas of robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles, with focus on state estimation, sensor fusion, localization and mapping, and autonomous navigation in complex environments. He was the regional program chair of SSRR 2017 and program co-chair of SSRR 2015. He is currently serving as associate editor for T-RO and AURO, and senior editor for IROS 2020-2022. He and his research team received Honorable Mention status for the 2018 IEEE T-RO Best Paper award, and won the Best Student Paper Award in IROS 2018, Best Service Robotics Paper Finalist in ICRA 2017, Best Paper Finalist in ICRA 2011, and Best Paper Awards in SSRR 2016 and SSRR 2015. In 2020, Prof Shen receives the AI 2000 Most Influential Scholars Honorable Mention.