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Joseph F. Coughlin

Senior Lecturer, Engineering Systems Division
Director, AgeLab, & New England University Transportation Center,
Center for Transportation and Logistics

Joseph F. Coughlin is founder and Director of MIT’s AgeLab. Based within ESD, the AgeLab conducts multi-disciplinary research to understand longevity as a complex system involving older adult behavior; technology; and, innovations in business strategy and government policy. Addressing multiple domains including – transportation, financial services, health and eldercare, and technology policy, he has published his research on product, services and policy innovation in both business and policy journals. In February, 2008 the Wall Street Journal recognized him as one of America’s 12 pioneers inventing the future of retirement and aging. Dr. Coughlin was named a Home Health Hero by the Visiting Nurse Association for his research in technology-enabled innovation in home healthcare services for the elderly. He is the 2008 recipient of the Gerontological Society of America's Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging recognizing the successful translation of research into practical application and policy improving the lives of older people.

A Fellow of Switzerland’s World Demographic Association, he advises businesses and governments worldwide. He assisted the World Economic Forum in the development of scenarios for its "Financing Demographic Shifts Report" addressing health and pension policies in aging societies. He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Demographic Shifts. In 2005 President Bush appointed him to the White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee where he served on the group’s Market Innovations sub-committee.

Dr. Coughlin leads the New England University Transportation Center, a US Department of Transportation-sponsored research, education, and technology transfer consortium of MIT, Harvard University and each of the six New England state universities seeking to advance the strategic management of disruptive change on the formulation and implementation of national transportation policy. He teaches graduate courses in public policy (ESD.253/DUSP.253/1.253) and health systems innovation (ESD.69/HMS HC.750) offered in ESD, the Department of Urban Studies & Planning and Harvard Medical School.


Joseph Coughlin talks about MIT AgeLab at TEDxBoston: “Aging as an Extreme Sport” – 2011 TedXBoston

Joseph Coughlin featured on MIT World video:

Driving Miss Daisy Digitally (June 5, 2004)

Related News:

Joseph Coughlin quoted in article about immediate annuities and retirement planning “Immediate annuities: When guaranteed income is a bad bet” (includes video)
CNN Money - October 11, 2013

AgeLab's Joe Coughlin discusses his research on working past retirement and how older workers are maintaining their 'personal competitive advantage' in a multigenerational workplace “Rethinking Retirement and Work” (video)
FOX Business – August 1, 2013

Joseph Coughlin and MIT AgeLab featured in BBC program about aging and technology Horizons – “Ageing Populations” – watch video

AgeLab Director, Joseph Coughlin, has been invited to deliver the The Frank and Joan Rothman Lecture as part of Brown University's Warren Alpert School of Medicine commencement ceremonies May 26, 2012. His talk, “Envisioning How New Technology & A New Social Contract Will Invent the Future of Old Age,” will discuss the convergence of technology, global aging and systems innovation to enable a world of living longer -- better. You can find his talk online at the University of Brown’s commencement site – June 1, 2012

Joseph Coughlin quoted as part of recent Retirement Adviser panel: “Numbers That May Make You Sick” – The Wall Street Journal – October 31, 2011; Also, Coughlin talks about AGNES suit: “High-Tech Suit Mimics Aging” – SecondAct – October 31, 2011; Also picked up by The Huffington Post – November 2, 2011

Quoted in article about senior citizens and social media: “Facebook for Centenarians: Senior Citizens Learn Social Media” The Atlantic – August 31, 2011

Joseph Coughlin talks about AgeLab and creating cars of the future on PBS NewsHour: “Car of the Future Will Keep Us Safe Behind the Wheel at any Age” – August 26, 2011

AgeLab’s AGNES suit featured as the cover story of the Financial Times magazine: “AGNES the ageing suit” – July 22, 2011

Joseph Coughlin quoted in Boston Globe article about new technologies in cars – January 17, 2010

“Does driving stress you out? MIT is working on a solution”USA Today’s DriveOn blog – January 4, 2010

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Joseph F. Coughlin

Contact info:

Joseph F. Coughlin
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building E40-279
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617.253.4978
Fax: 617.258.7570
Email to: coughlin "at"

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