2010

2010

2010-12-20 • The recent crack-down on cell phone use while driving has led many to rely upon hands-free devices to continue their conversations behind the wheel. But recent AgeLab findings indicate that, hands-free or no, any form of distraction affects the... Read more

 

2010-11-17 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin spoke with Tom Ashbrook on NPR's On Point. He discussed Elderly Drivers and Taking the Keys. To read more and listen to the clip, click here.

 

2010-11-12 • AgeLab will be featured on the special "Future Family: Life in the Digital Age" on the Discovery Channel this Saturday, November 13 at 8:00am EST. It is scheduled to repeat in that time slot the two weeks following.

 

2010-11-05 • AgeLab researcher Bryan Reimer spoke at the Andover Senior Center this Friday to give an overview of current trends in older driver safety and the future automotive technology. Highlighted were current AgeLab research on state detection and driver... Read more

 

2010-11-04 • AgeLab findings were released today in a Wired article and a press release by Ford Motor Company Using a specially equipped 2010 Lincoln MKS test vehicle, AgeLab researchers teamed up with Ford Motor Company to measure and monitor physiological... Read more

 

2010-11-03 • The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) featured findings from AgeLab in Older Patients: Safe Behind the Wheel? The article addressed how many physicians hesitate to recommend revoking an older adult’s driving privileges away... Read more

 

2010-10-29 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin will be giving the keynote address at the 3rd annual UCLA Technology & Aging Conference today. The conference will highlight the latest developments intended to enhance quality of life for older adults. Coughlin... Read more

 

2010-10-29 • My money’s on Joe. That’s what Fiscal Times blogger Michael Hodin wrote about AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin in his Oct. 28 entry of Age and Reason. Hodin highlighted several AgeLab projects, saying the “technical advances I found at... Read more

 

2010-10-26 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin will be a guest speaker for the Transportation@MIT 2010 Seminar Series on Tuesday, Nov 2. In his lecture, entitled The Future is Gray, Small & Female: Disruptive Demographics and Transportation Tomorrow, Coughlin... Read more

 

2010-10-21 • On October 21, AgeLab researcher Bryan Reimer visited transportation engineering graduate students at the University of Massachusetts as part of the New England University Transportation Center consortium. He discussed his findings in... Read more

 

2010-10-20 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin discusses the future of safe mobility for older drivers on the New York Time’s Room For Debate. His opinion piece, entitled “How to Avoid a Surge of Shut-Ins”, discusses how the number of drivers over... Read more

 

2010-10-19 • In understanding how distraction changes our driving habits, it's the little things that count. Researchers Bryan Reimer and Bruce Mehler of the AgeLab and New England University Transportation Center have conducted research on the relationship... Read more

 

2010-10-15 • Surface transportation is at the intersection of disruptive change. Over the next decade and beyond both disruptive demographics and technologies will impact the design, operation and safety of the transportation system. The unprecedented aging of... Read more

 

2010-10-13 • On-going research at the New England Center was recently featured by NECN after reporter Greg Wayland took the MIT AgeLab's fully equipped Lincoln MKS for a test drive. Researchers at the lab have been working with Ford Motor Company to objectively... Read more

 

2010-10-04 • AgeLab's Bryan Reimer explains how we studied physiological indications of stress in driving subjects using the semi-automated parallel parking feature of our Lincoln MKS.

 

2010-10-02 • Hosted by Transportation@MIT, this talke was given to an audience of researchers, students and transportation professionals in both the public and private sectors.

 

2010-09-29 • Joe Coughlin will be visiting the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design this Friday, October 1 to speak about new trends in aging, technology and care at the New Aging international conference. The event will bring together architects... Read more

 

2010-09-23 • AgeLab researcher Bryan Reimer attended the Distracted Driving Summit in Washington D.C. this week. The event showcased achievements in research, public education and policy that have contributed to understanding and reducing of distracted driving.... Read more

 

2010-09-20 • Researchers utilizing the AgeLab’s Miss Daisy were given an award for Best Transactions Paper by the IEEE for their publication entitled, “Detection of driver fatigue caused by sleep deprivation”. The research addressed novel... Read more

 

2010-09-03 • Difficult as it is for a family to prepare for a natural disaster, caring for an older family member who may have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia poses extra challenges that few know how to properly plan for. Half of the victims of Hurricane... Read more

 

2010-08-25 • The AgeLab's AGNES put its best foot forward on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, which aired a segment on the Age Gain Now Empathy System. AGNES, a suit designed to give its wearers the physical limitations of older age, was as... Read more

 

2010-08-23 • The AgeLab e-Home Social Kitchen project, led by Professor Oli deWeck and Daisuke Asai, will be featured on NPR's All Things Considered today, at 4 and 6:20 pm. The e-Home project finds solutions to everyday living that allow older adults to... Read more

 

2010-08-17 • How AgeLab endeavored to move a VW Bug into its second story lab

 

2010-08-10 • Dr. Joseph Coughlin, AgeLab Director, has been named a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) through its Behavioral and Social Sciences Section. He was recognized for his outstanding research contributions on improving the lives of... Read more

 

2010-08-10 • There has been a considerable amount of attention to and public interest in brain fitness programs for an aging population. Some of these programs suggest that they may improve driving performance. A team of researchers from the New England... Read more

 

2010-07-30 • Summer intern Alex Lee and MIT undergraduate Marcel Sanchez collaborated on the AgeLab’s E-Home Project, which applies monitoring technology developed by MIT and NASA to the domestic kitchen as a means for caregivers and family members to... Read more

 

2010-07-30 • Led by Bryan Reimer, a team of AgeLab and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers studied how individuals with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are distracted by secondary tasks while driving. Drivers with ADHD were... Read more

 

2010-07-20 • Three papers involving AgeLab research appeared at the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, which was held in Miami, Florida. A paper led by Bryan Reimer, presented a methodology used to assess the new BMW iDrive in-... Read more

 

2010-07-20 • Three papers involving AgeLab research appeared at the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, which was held in Miami, Florida. A paper led by Bryan Reimer, presented a methodology used to assess the new BMW iDrive in-... Read more

 

2010-07-16 • Ying Wang, postdoctoral associate at the AgeLab and New England University Transportation Center, was unanimously elected Regional Director of Western Asia for The International Traffic Medicine Association (ITMA). Wang’s contributions to the... Read more

 

2010-07-06 • Your Road Ahead: A Guide to Comprehensive Driving Evaluations, a public education brochure for older drivers and their families, recently won a Silver Award from the National Mature Media Awards. Your Road Ahead is based on research conducted by... Read more

 

2010-06-30 • The Gerontological Society of America, the largest scientific interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging, has named Joseph Coughlin, founder and director of MIT’s AgeLab, a Fellow.... Read more

 

2010-06-27 • ABSTRACT: Young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at higher risk for being involved in automobile crashes. Although driving simulators have been used to identify and understand underlying behaviors, prior research has... Read more

 

2010-06-10 • Martin Lavallière, Research Fellow at MIT AgeLab from Laval University (Québec, Canada), received the Charles H. Miller award for best technical paper presented at the Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference (CMRSC) June 6-9... Read more

 

2010-06-07 • In his talk "Physiology and Visual Attention as Measures of Driver Cognitive Workload" AgeLab's Dr. Reimer focused on advanced driver workload management. He discussed how monitoring visual attention and other psychophysiological measures... Read more

 

2010-05-06 • Dick Myrick, Research Fellow at MIT AgeLab, presented a review of activities of the AgeLab to a group of about 50 members of the Andover Senior Center in Andover, MA. The talk was titled “MIT AgeLab – Life Tomorrow. A look at the... Read more

 

2010-04-11 • In collaboration with MIT AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer and post-doctoral associate Ying Wang, former MIT AgeLab UROP Shannon Roberts and John Lee from University of Wisconsin-Madison Cognitive Systems Labratory are investigating driving... Read more

 

2010-04-10 • Interview with Rohit Sakhuja, MIT Radio's Paradigm Shifts, February 4, 2010.

 

2010-04-06 • The book Longevity Rules: How to Age Well Into the Future aims to help policymakers and the public better understand the aging experience. In his chapter Dr. Coughlin discusses the jobs of longevity, an emerging care gap, investing in aging services... Read more

 

2010-03-31 • The MIT AgeLab seeks a number of summer UROPs who are interested in working on a series of on-going projects focused on the collection and analysis of driving performance data. UROP students will assist AgeLab researchers in running experiments in... Read more

 

2010-03-30 • Ruben Alonzo, an MIT junior and AgeLab UROP, has been named a 2010 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Ruben is the AgeLab team leader for a collaboration with the Engineering is Elementary project at the Museum of Science, Boston. The project’... Read more

 

2010-02-27 • ABSTRACT: Data from on-road and simulation studies were compared to assess the validity of measures generated in the simulator. In the on-road study, driver interaction with three manual address entry methods (keypad, touch screen and rotational... Read more

 

2010-02-18 • Dick Myrick, Research Fellow at MIT AgeLab, presented a review of activities of the AgeLab to a group of about 30 members of the Men’s Club of the Swampscott Senior Center in Swampscott, MA. The talk was titled “MIT AgeLab – Life... Read more

 

2010-02-16 • Dick Myrick and Philipp Osl, Research Fellows at MIT AgeLab, presented a review of activities of the AgeLab to a group of over 170 interested residents of Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA. The talk was titled “MIT AgeLab – Life Tomorrow... Read more

 

2010-02-08 • The AARP Bulletin, among the largest circulating publications in the nation, featured research conducted by the MIT AgeLab and sponsored by the USDOT New England University Transportation Center on older drivers and the future of the car. In the... Read more

 

2010-01-30 • The MIT AgeLab announces it is launching a new website. Director Joseph Coughlin says, "We hope that the new AgeLab website will serve as a resource for sponsors, researchers and families who share our commitment to improving the quality of... Read more

 

2010-01-28 • ABSTRACT: This paper examines the degree to which time of day and levels of workload affect drivers’ physiological arousal levels and driving behaviors. Drawing on data collected from 121 young adults in a driving simulation study, the results... Read more

 

 

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