Key staff, Policy Committee and research personnel

Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin, Director

Dr. Coughlin’s research and teaching focus on transportation and its role in public health and safety and, more specifically, on the automobility, safety, and future services to be demanded by people 45+ in the United States and around the world.

He is Director of MIT’s AgeLab, the first global industry-sponsored research program to explore the converging opportunities of aging, technology and innovation. AgeLab develops new technologies and business models to support older adults and their caregivers in the areas of transportation, health, housing, workplace and communications.

He has authored a number of articles on the transportation needs of an aging society. He is co-author of the forthcoming edited volume Living & Moving in 2021, which examines the future mobility patterns, demands and related lifestyles of the baby boomers as they begin turning 75 in 2021.

Dr. Coughlin served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) symposium The Impact of Changing Demographics on the Transportation System held October 27-28, 2008 in Washington DC and is a member of TRB’s Advisory Committee on the Safe Mobility of Older Persons. In 2003 he served as Chair of the 21-nation OECD Task Force on Transportation Technology for Older Persons.

He was recently selected to be a member of the World Economic Forums Global Agenda Council on Demographic Shifts. Earlier this year he was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of 12 people pioneering the future of aging.

Dr. Coughlin was Director of Transportation Research at EG&G, Inc. He has consulted to the White House National Science and Technology Council and the US Department of Transportation where he crafted policy in support of transportation for the elderly. He received his PhD from Boston University.

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