Dennis Shen

Dennis Shen

Postdoc EECS



I am a postdoctoral researcher at MIT within the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). I recently received my PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from MIT, where I was fortunate to be advised by Professor Devavrat Shah.


  • Causal Inference
  • Machine Learning
  • High-dimensional Probability & Statistics
  • Matrix/Tensor Estimation


  • PhD in EECS, 2020

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • MSc in EECS, 2017

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • BSc in EE, 2015

    University of California, San Diego


Causal Imputation via Synthetic Interventions

Under Submission, 2020.

Synthetic Interventions

Under Submission, 2020. Workshop version in NeurIPS Workshop on CausalML, 2019

Two Burning Questions on COVID-19

Memo, 2020

On Robustness of Principal Component Regression

NeurIPS, 2019 (oral presentation). To also appear in Journal of American Statistical Association (JASA)

Multi-dimensional Robust Synthetic Control

ACM Sigmetrics, 2019. Also in POMACS, 2019.

Model Agnostic Time Series Analysis via Matrix Estimation

ACM Sigmetrics, 2019. Also in POMACS, 2018.

Robust Synthetic Control

Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR), 2018

Work & Research Experience


Postdoctoral Associate


Sep 2020 – Present Cambridge, MA

Core Data Science Research Intern


Jun 2018 – Aug 2018 Menlo Park, California

Graduate Research Assistant


Sep 2015 – Aug 2020 Cambridge, MA

Undergraduate Research Assistant

UCSD Computer Vision and Robotics Research

Sep 2014 – Jun 2015 La Jolla, California

Undergraduate Research Assistant

UCSD Mobile Systems Design Lab

Jan 2013 – Sep 2014 La Jolla, California


MIT 6.s077 Introduction to Data Science and Statistics (Spring 2019)
  • undergraduate-level introduction to principles, models, and algorithms for data science
UCSD ECE 35 Introduction to Analog Design (2013 - 2015)
  • undergraduate-level introduction to fundamental circuit theory concepts
UCSD ECE 25 Introduction to Digital Design (2013 - 2015)
  • undergraduate-level introduction to digital electronics