2013-11-19 • Automotive control systems that are designed to keep drivers’ hands on the wheel may sometimes actually lead people to take their eyes off the road. That’s one of many conclusions from a new study on vehicle voice command systems... Read more


2011-12-16 •  Fast Company Design’s fastcodesign.com featured AGNES as a valuable tool in understanding the needs of our aging population. Read the article here.


2011-12-13 • ABC Chronicle interviewed Joe Coughlin on Monday, December 12, along with Hugh Herr from the MIT Media Lab and two other individuals the program is naming ‘Gamechangers’ – people who are “changing and challenging conventional... Read more


2011-12-09 •  In a recent CNNMoney article, the importance of designing new high-technology products with consideration for the older demographic is disgussed. AgeLab’s eHome Project is mentioned as an example of innovations leading the way. Read the... Read more


2011-12-09 •  MarketWatch.com discussed recent findings made jointly by the MIT AgeLab and The Hartford in the October 2011 Age of Opportunity study. The study investigated the American public’s current outlooks on working at a later age and... Read more


2011-12-07 •  AgeLab director Joe Coughlin is the featured speaker today at the Home Care Innovation Showcase and 2011 Home Care Star Awards. The event is held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston and will hihglight programs, services or... Read more


2011-12-05 • MIT AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer keynoted the 3rd International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications on November 30 ins Salzburg, Austria. His talk was entitled, “Is Automotive Technology... Read more


2011-11-30 •  The MIT AgeLab contributed an article to the January 2012 issue of Vision Zero International, a bi-annual magazine that addresses improving safety though advanced vehicle design and technology. The article, which was the feature story for the... Read more


2011-11-29 •   The 2.009 Green Team visited the AgeLab to experience their invention, a walker that tranforms into a cane, while wearing AGNES. The students commented on changes they would make with weight and handle position after experiencing the age-... Read more


2011-11-28 • AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer discusses the lack of driver education for new in-vehicle technologies on the Pittsburg Tribunal Review’s pittsburghlive.com. He points out the dangers in relying too heavily on assistive technologies,... Read more


2011-11-28 •    The AgeLab sponsored the 2011 Annual Gerontological Society of America Scientific Meeting and was involved in symposia, poster sessions and exhibits throughout the four day event. In a featured exhibit, the AwareCar was rolled into the... Read more


2011-11-16 • MIT AgeLab visiting researcher Dino Bortot will give two talks this Friday. He will speak to Boeing about motion analysis and digital human models for the development of ergonomic workplaces. He will then give a talk at the University of Washington... Read more


2011-11-07 • AGNES was described in an article on SecondAct.com. The intentions of they system's design and uses thus far are discussed by AgeLab director Joe Coughlin. Read the article here.


2011-10-31 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin is featured in the Wall Street Journal as part of a Retirement Roundtable, “Numbers That May Make You Sick: Health-care costs for retirees can be crippling, That’s why planning is so crucial”. Read the... Read more


2011-10-31 • An article on AGNES, the AgeLab’s Age Gain Now Empathy System, appeared in U.S. News & World Report on Friday. AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin was interviewed and explained the many applications of AGNES. Read the article here.


2011-10-28 • AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin was invited to present testimony today before the New York City Council. His remarks focused on the potential of applying a systems approach to healthy aging – integrating information communications technology,... Read more


2011-10-19 • AgeLab director Joe Coughlin will speak at Aging Means Business: Design for a New Age, an annual one-day event where experts share breakthrough ideas, innovations, and market strategies for success in the older adult consumer marketplace. The event... Read more


2011-10-19 • AgeLab director Joe Coughlin spoke at the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress in Orland Florida. Speakers included, from left to right: Kathleen Marvaso, Vice President AAA; Honorable Davide Strickland, Administrator,... Read more


2011-10-17 • AgeLab’s Chaiwoo Lee, Nan Zhao and Rachel Fraunhoffer presented at the New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2011 Student Conference. Abstracts for the related papers are included below. The Relationship between Self... Read more


2011-10-17 • AgeLab director Joe Coughlin sat with MarketWatch’s Robert Powell, Rick Miller, founder of Sensible Financial Planning and Kathryn McCabe Votava, president of Goodcare, com. They discussed planning for financial risks in retirement. Coughlin... Read more


2011-10-17 • An AARP Bulletin article, “Are Cars Getting Too Smart?” featured commentary by New England Center and MIT AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer. Dr. Reimer was asked how safety features could pose a risk by distracting drivers rather... Read more


2011-10-13 • MIT AgeLab and New England University Transportation Center researchers Bryan Reimer and Bruce Mehler recently published “The impact of cognitive workload on physiological arousal in young adult drivers: a field study and simulation validation... Read more


2011-10-11 •                 AgeLab won an Excellent Paper Award at IEEE ICT Convergence for its paper on the eHome System. Read the MIT News story here.


2011-10-11 • 8,000 transportation leaders from 75 countries will attend the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems. MIT AgeLab and New England University Transportation Center Director Joe Coughlin will participate in a Key Panel on Safety and... Read more


2011-10-03 • AgeLab PhD candidate Chaiwoo Lee received an Excellent Paper Award at the 2nd International Conference on ICT Convergence, sponsored by IEEE Communications Society and organized mainly by Korea Information and Communications Society. Below is the... Read more


2011-09-28 • UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis spoke at MIT and visited the MIT AgeLab to learn from director Joe Coughlin about the lab's ongoing studies related to the health, financial planning needs and transportation needs of older adults.


2011-09-26 • Forbes announced Toyota’s partnership with MIT AgeLab yesterday. AgeLab hopes the two-year study of the effects of devices and systems on driver distraction will give insight into age as a possible factor of driver behavior and performance.... Read more


2011-09-26 • AgeLab director Joe Coughlin participated in a Roundtable on Age-Correlated Operator Performance at the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. The performance limitations of inexperienced and aging drivers were discussed. Dr. Coughlin... Read more


2011-09-26 •                     AgeLab Research Associate Birgit Kramer, who is currently earning a Ph.D. from Network Aging Research (NAR) at the University of Heidelberg is exploring the acceptance and... Read more


2011-09-22 •                          The MIT AgeLab participated in “Progress through Collaboration: Addressing the needs of Alzheimer’s disease with innovation”, which was held... Read more


2011-09-16 • Research Associate Nan Zhai presented findings at the 3rd International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation in Indianapolis on September 14. His presentation, entitled The Relationship Between Drivers’ Reported Frequency of Cell Phone Use... Read more


2011-09-15 • An article in Consumer Reports addressing the safety concerns behind infotainment and other in-vehicle systems quotes MIT AgeLab and New England University Transportation Center research scientist Bryan Reimer. Reimer points out that there should be... Read more


2011-09-14 • Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) is launching 10 new research initiatives and new partnership agreements with universities and research institutions to enhance the development, testing and implementation of new automotive... Read more


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2011-09-02 • USA Today Snapshots included data from the MIT AgeLab/The Hartford Home for a Lifetime Survey. The survey of 337 adults aged 47-65 found 50% prefer to age in in their current homes, 41% prefer to age in another home and 9% are not sure. The... Read more


2011-08-29 • A Boston Globe article on using monitoring devices to help older adults maintain their independence mentions AgeLab’s eHome system, as well as NASA technology we are adapting to monitor osteoporosis and other chronic diseases.


2011-08-26 • Recent talk: “Bridging Habits, Health & Home: Examining age-in-place and participation using an occupational lens” Brenda Vrkljan, Ph.D., O.T., researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Cananda, gave a talk at the... Read more


2011-08-26 • Joe Coughlin spoke with PBS Newshour’s Hari Sreenivasan yesterday on staying safe behind the wheel at any age. Coughlin talked about the dangers of fatigue and how the AgeLab’s AwareCar tracks driver state via heart rate, skin... Read more


2011-08-22 • AgeLab was featured on Globo News in Brazil. The clip, available online, introduces AGNES and the AwareCar to Brazil and discusses how AgeLab research can apply to Brazil's aging population. Mainly in Portuguese, it includes interviews with AgeLab... Read more


2011-08-17 • Edmunds.com recently spoke with Research Scientist Bryan Reimer for Texting While Driving: Targeted for Extinction. He explains how message content can determine how distracting the act of texting while driving can be.


2011-07-27 • AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer was interviewed for Wired.com’s Autopia: Road To The Future series. Reimer discussed the importance of having adequate cognitive demand in the car to ensure the driver pays attention. Read the article... Read more


2011-07-26 • In a USA Today Your Life article, Middle-aged women care for everyone but themselves, MIT AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin points out that women who are primary caregivers for their children and their parents could see a shortening of projected lifespan... Read more


2011-07-25 • AGNES was the feature story in the Financial Times Magazine, after the AgeLab received a visit from writer James Crabtree, who experienced the system and spoke with lab Director Joe Coughlin about various projects including the AwareCar and e-Home... Read more


2011-07-21 • WCVB TV News interviewed MIT AgeLab researcher Bryan Reimer in the story Police Lights Play Role In Officer, Driver Safety. He shared his expertise in driver distraction during a discussion regarding police lights and officer safety. The video clip... Read more


2011-07-20 • AgeLab’s Lisa D’Ambrosio presented a talk at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conference Going Green: Intelligent Investments in Public Housing in Boston, MA on July13- 14. D’Ambrosio covered the... Read more


2011-07-20 • Heavily dependent on the driver’s awareness and performance in a fast-moving dynamic environment, driving is an increasingly complex activity made more difficult for an older population facing distractions, stress, and balancing multiple... Read more


2011-07-14 • The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is holding its annual national meeting in Washington, DC July 17-19. AgeLab's Joe Coughlin will be keynoting the opening general session describing the changes ahead for the nation's network of... Read more


2011-07-14 • In a presentation to the MIT AgeLab, Michal Isaacson of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem discussed her research utilizing GPS to track social behavior of older adults in Israel and Germany. Her data revealed mobility patterns such as where... Read more


2011-06-29 • @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin gave a talk at TEDx Boston on... Read more


2011-06-29 • MIT AgeLab will present three papers at the Sixth International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and vehicle Design in Lake Tahoe, California. Below are titles and abstracts. Full citations can be found here. A... Read more


2011-06-27 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin participated in the 50+ Housing Forum at the Pacific Coast Building Conference in San Francisco. In his talk, Aging Baby Boomers & Future Innovations in Housing, Coughlin discussed how aging boomers will shape the... Read more


2011-06-21 • When it comes to future housing, the Boomer don't seem to want to budge. In an ongoing collaboration between the MIT AgeLab and The Hartford's Advance 50 Team, extensive research has shown that 50% of Boomers want to stay in their current home or... Read more


2011-06-17 • AgeLab was featured in the Los Angeles Times in “Elder care goes high tech” on June 17. The article mentioned technology that is enabling older adults to stay in their own homes longer.   “Aging in place is starting to hit a... Read more


2011-06-16 • AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer participated in Edmunds’ 2011 Car Safety Conference, entitled Truly Safe? Debunking Myths and Crafting Effective Policies for Car Safety, on May 24. Watch the video here. Reimer discussed how drivers... Read more


2011-06-03 •                                   The John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center will host New Vehicle Technology, Older Drivers & the Policy Problem... Read more


2011-05-26 • In a recent Bloomberg.com article, AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer weighed in on new medical monitoring technology being introduced to vehicles by the automotive industry. The article, “Ford Sales Helped by In-Car Health Monitoring... Read more


2011-05-21 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin moderated a telematics industry round table that included AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer. The conversation on communications technology in the vehicle included representatives from industry leaders such as Tim... Read more


2011-05-20 • AgeLab’s Bryan Reimer was featured in the Science Careers section of the journal Science on May 20. His experiences with the AwareCar and assessing driver distraction were highlighted. He also discussed working with industry and his reasons... Read more


2011-05-19 • MIT AgeLab and Healthways teamed up for an interactive webinar held at MIT and involving 6 experts representing AgeLab, Healthways, MedNetworks, MeYou Health and Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. The Connected Consumer: Driving Engagement in Health... Read more


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2011-05-11 • Autoguide.com featured AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer’s studies on distracted driving and drivers’ trust in new in-vehicle technologies. A video included in the article shows the lab’s eye-tracking equipment in action, with... Read more


2011-05-10 • AgeLab was featured on CNN with a video of the visit now available on CNN.com. CNN’s Deb Feyerick interviews AgeLab director Joe Coughlin, who explains how Baby Boomers will expect more from technologies and services as they approach... Read more


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2011-05-10 • Edmunds AutoObserver interviewed AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer about the psychophysiology measurements he uses to see how demand levels of different tasks and technologies impact well-being behind the wheel. The article includes a video in... Read more


2011-05-09 • @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } AgeLab cohosted a conference in Zaragoza, Spain on May 5... Read more


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2011-04-12 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin brought Hebrew Senior Life Orchard Cove retirement community up to speed on the latest technologies for older adults during a visit on April 11. The talk was part of a series in the new "Retirement University"... Read more


2011-04-06 • New England Center Researcher Bryan Reimer will be discussing measuring the cognitive component of driver workload & distraction at the University of New Hampshire on April 5. He will cite New England Center research regarding state detection... Read more


2011-04-04 • AgeLab Researcher Bryan Reimer spoke with AutoObserver.com about divided attention behind the wheel.  “We are all suffering from cognitive overload, inappropriate allocation of attention,” Reimer told AutoObserver. He cited AgeLab... Read more


2011-03-24 •                 AgeLab was featured on NBC's Today Show. A clip showed Associate Researcher Katie Godfrey helping Peter Alexander into AGNES. He takes a drive in Ms. Daisy, as well as attempts to make... Read more


2011-03-21 • AGNES was discussed in the Los Angeles Examiner. The article can be found here.


2011-03-09 • @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin will take part in the panel... Read more


2011-03-07 • The AgeLab was featured on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday, with a focus on AGNES and making products that are approachable for older consumers. A corresponding article can be found here.   Watch the video here.


2011-03-07 • AgeLab Researchers Lisa D'Ambrosio and Katie Godfrey will be presenting at the 2011 Aging in America Conference in San Francisco. The American Society on Aging will hold their annual Aging in America Conference this year from April 26-30. D'Ambrosio... Read more


2011-03-03 • AgeLab teamed up with the MIT Social Media Club to create a Social Media Course in which students learned to navigate through various sites to increase their web presence, as well as gained understanding of how social media is reshaping how we... Read more


2011-03-01 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin discussed business and the Baby Boomer with onwallstreet.com correspondent Elizabeth Wine. Coughlin described consumers as smarter than ever and more demanding of financial products that address both current and future... Read more


2011-02-24 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin will present AGNES to Dr. Oz today at 5pm with a rerun tomorrow at 9am. AGNES, or Age Gain Now Empathy System is intended to give researchers, industry leaders and policy makers a first-hand understanding of the... Read more


2011-02-15 • The AgeLab was featured on BBC’s Horizon in “Surviving A Car Crash”. AgeLab Researcher Bryan Reimer discusses driver stress and cognitive distraction. He explains the relationship that exists between workload and performance and... Read more


2011-02-11 • AgeLab researchers Bryan Reimer and Bruce Mehler gave a talk on selected research on driver state, distraction and the use of in-vehicle technologies to the Humans and Automation Laboratory at MIT. The researchers discussed their publication results... Read more


2011-02-07 • @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } New York Times Reporter Natasha Singer tried on AGNES,... Read more


2011-02-02 • The AgeLab was featured on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. The segment featured the lab's Aware Car and Miss Daisy driving simulator. Director Joe Coughlin discussed how driving changes as we age and the implications this has for in-... Read more


2011-01-26 • A New York Times article recently featured the SMARTwheel, a steering wheel attachment that uses sensors to alert drivers when they remove a hand from the wheel for too long. The alarm is intended to stop drivers from getting distracted by texting... Read more


2011-01-23 • Jeff Taylor, Founder and CEO of EONS.com, a social network and well-being resource for Baby Boomers, talks to Joe Coughlin about how Boomers can use the web to improve well-being.


2011-01-14 • The MIT AgeLab and The Hartford Advance 50 Team hosted a forum entitled, Shaping Life Tomorrow: A Conversation on the Future of Aging, Business and Innovation.


2011-01-11 • AgeLab researchers Bryan Reimer and Bruce Mehler spoke at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine this past Tuesday, Jan. 4. The focus of the discussion was the use of physiological and visual attention measures for operator state... Read more



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