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Charles Shen, PhD, EMBA

Research Scientist and Co-Director

Advanced ConsTruction and InfOrmation techNology (ACTION) Laboratory


Dr. Shen is a Research Scientist and the Co-Director of Advanced ConsTruction and InfOrmaiton tehNology (ACTION) Laboratory at Columbia University. Prior to his current position, he worked as a Senior Member of Technical Staff at AT&T. Before AT&T, he had conducted research for various periods at Columbia University Department of Computer Science, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research, now part of Ericsson), Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology and Singapore's Institute for InfoComm Research (A*STAR).

Dr. Shen's current research interest is the application of Information Technologies such as Blockchain, Big Data and BIM in the sustainable urbanization domain. Over the past two decades, his experience also includes extensive research on mobile computer networks and applications, addressing scalability of IP telecommunications networks, as well as architecture, security and privacy of cloud-based mobile IoT services. His extended work in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry covers integration of IoT with BIM, social impact project finance and Public-Private-Partnership. Dr. Shen's interdisplinary research across electrical engineering, computer science and civil engineering has yielded eight awarded US patents, three IETF standards and specification RFCs, and dozens of peer-reviewed articles at journals and conferences sponsored by ACM, IEEE, IFIP and ASCE.

Dr. Shen received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 1997, M.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National University of Singapore in 2001, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 2010. He also earned an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School in 2017.