Senior Lecturer, Engineering Systems
& 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
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
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
Q&A with Joseph Coughlin in The Boston Globe – January 4, 2010
“Age Management: Learning from the MIT Age Lab” Slice of MIT, MIT Alumni Association blog – January 5, 2010
Story on AgeLab and testing driving ability WCVB-Channel 5 – November 19, 2000
Joe Coughlin quoted in article about computer programs designed to help prevent deterioration of brain function during aging The Boston Globe – November 17, 2009
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