2014

2014

2014-12-30 • MIT AgeLab researchers Lisa D'Ambrosio and Dana Ellis, together with The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence, conducted a study that examined how adults in their 40s, 50s, and 60s remain resilient in the face of multiple stressors and... Read more

 

2014-12-30 • This December, AgeLab founder and director Joseph Coughlin spoke at the Nobel Week Dialogue in Stockholm, Sweden, a prelude to the awarding of this year's Nobel Prizes. He keynoted a day of talks and presentations devoted to new scientific and... Read more

 

2014-12-30 • This fall saw the first of an ongoing series of panel discussions between AgeLab researchers and community members aged 85 and above. The ongoing meetings, which will take place on a bimonthly basis, will delve into such topics as age-friendly... Read more

 

2014-12-30 • As the global population grows older, the study of aging well has primarily remained focused on what individuals in later life can do to maintain their independence and autonomy in decisions ranging from finances to transportation and housing.... Read more

 

2014-12-05 • The December 2014 edition of AARP Bulletin included the story "3 New Car Technologies That Decrease Danger". AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer discussed how future collision mitigation systems may prevent crashes and reduce risk of accidents... Read more

 

2014-12-05 • Joe Coughlin will be attending the Nobel Prize Ceremony and participating in the Nobel Week Dialogue's "The Age to Come". Below is information on how to watch a live feed and join the discussion online: Join the @NobelWeekDialog discussion on aging... Read more

 

2014-12-03 • MIT AgeLab and Monotype Imaging have produced a viewer-friendly video on recent research findings on typography. In the video, MIT AgeLab’s Dr. Jonathan Dobres, Dr. Bryan Reimer, and Monotype’s David Gould walk us through three recent typographic... Read more

 

2014-12-03 • MIT AgeLab and Monotype Imaging have produced a viewer-friendly video on recent research findings on typography. In the video, MIT AgeLab’s Dr. Jonathan Dobres, Dr. Bryan Reimer, and Monotype’s David Gould walk us through three recent typographic... Read more

 

2014-11-26 • On Nov 9th, AgeLab founder/director Joseph Coughlin spoke at Berlin's Falling Walls conference, an annual gathering devoted to determining "Which are the next walls to fall?" This year, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Coughlin... Read more

 

2014-11-25 • ESD.S21 User-Centered Design Approaches for an Aging Society ESD.S21 is aimed at providing students with opportunities to explore real-world issues related to population aging and to work on identifying potential solutions using user-centered design... Read more

 

2014-11-24 • An extended presentation on the study “Comparing the Demands of Destination Entry using Google Glass and the Samsung Galaxy S4” was recently presented at the 2014 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. A preliminary report on this... Read more

 

2014-11-24 • AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer was quoted in a recent Wall Street Journal article. It highlighted findings from recent studies on driver safety while using voice command and Google Glass. Read the article here.

 

2014-11-21 • Through his talk at Automotive Tech.AD 2014, Dr. Reimer addressed human factors issues associated with partially automated driving (shared control) and the challenges these systems place on human attentional capabilities. He discussed some of the... Read more

 

2014-11-17 • Wired spoke with AgeLab research scientist Bruce Mehler regarding a study of university students using Google Glass while driving AgeLab's Miss Daisy driving simulator. Below is an excerpt: "A study from MIT’s AgeLab challenges that logic by... Read more

 

2014-11-17 • AgeLab's membership in a consortium with DENSO, Touchstone Evaluations, Honda, Subaru and Jaguar Land Rover got attention recently in the Boston Globe. The consortium, AHEAD, is examining the safety implications of in-vehicle technologies, including... Read more

 

2014-11-17 • A number of members of AgeLab and New England University Transportation Center staff travelled to Seattle in September to present newly published papers at the 6th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular... Read more

 

2014-11-12 • AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin was selected to speak at Falling Walls on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sponsored by the German Government, the Falling Walls celebration recognized 17 scientists and thought leaders from around... Read more

 

2014-11-05 • Families provide about 450 billion dollars in caregiving to loved ones annually. A new MIT AgeLab and AARP report exploring the relationship between caregiving and well-being revealed that caregivers, particularly women, were more likely to... Read more

 

2014-10-31 • *Update 10/31/14: A segment from the BBC world changing ideas summit can be found here. Bryan Reimer, Research Scientist at the MIT AgeLab, spoke as part of a panel entitled “Self-driving Cars - How to Clear the Major Obstacles” at the BBC Future... Read more

 

2014-10-31 • What solutions are tech companies and caregivers themselves finding helpful to relieve caregiver burden? Read AgeLab research associate Luke Yoquinto's piece in the Washington Post on firms gearing health-related technology toward baby boomers.

 

2014-10-27 • AgeLab research associate Angelina Gennis keynoted Wellesley Council on Aging this Saturday. In her talk she discussed the need to redesign technology for older adopters.

 

2014-10-24 • AgeLab director Joe Coughlin talks about the 'sharing economy' and what it means for retirement in a recent MarketWatch piece. He discusses a future with fewer assets, which may allow for more options in building an ideal lifestyle. Read the article... Read more

 

2014-10-20 • Joe Coughlin’s latest blog post explores the implications of autonomous vehicles and highway systems for older drivers. Read the latest Disruptive Demographics blog piece. 

 

2014-10-16 • AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin keynoted the North American Menopause Society's 25th annual scientific meeting October 16 in Washington DC. While discussing global demographic transition, and it's possible impact on women, he discussed continuing... Read more

 

2014-10-16 • Fast Company quoted Joe Coughlin in an article about tailoring new health technologies, such as wearables, for older adults. Read The Next Hot Market for Wearable Tech: Grandma to learn more. 

 

2014-10-15 • MIT AgeLab welcomed members of Staying Put, a grassroots voluntary group with a passion for Somerville Cambridge residents, especially those 55+. Staying Put raises awareness about the concepts and importance of universal design principles and age-... Read more

 

2014-10-15 • Dr. Bryan Reimer, Research Scientist at the MIT AgeLab and Associate Director of the New England University Transportation Center, presented at the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Annual Meeting in Killington Vermont October 14, 2014. In his talk... Read more

 

2014-10-15 • Mechanical engineering undergraduate students at MIT in the 2.009 (product design class), stepped into the AGNES suit today at the MIT AgeLab. The students used AGNES to gauge the robustness of a rollator prototype they are developing for the... Read more

 

2014-10-14 • AgeLab director Joe Coughlin's "Why Earl Retirement Often Backfires" is featured in the Wall Street Journal. He suggests planning for early retirement may be more work than staying in the workforce. Read his insights here.

 

2014-10-14 • This October, the MIT AgeLab and Transamerica jointly hosted a symposium, Financial Planning in the Shadow of Dementia, exploring the financial challenges facing people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The event, held at MIT's Kresge... Read more

 

2014-10-14 • Read Joe Coughlin and Luke Yoquinto's latest Disruptive Demographics blog entry - Caregiving Takes Two Hands: High Touch & High Tech

 

2014-10-03 • InsuranceNewsNet gives a summary of the five-element framework developed by AgeLab and Transamerica to guide financial adivsors in their discussions with caregivers and clients who face Alzheimer's and dementia. Read the story here.

 

2014-10-01 • MIT AgeLab and Transamerica will jointly host the event, which examines the financial challenges facing people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia CAMBRIDGE, MA - On Thursday, October 2, MIT will host a symposium to address the financial... Read more

 

2014-09-25 • Automotive voice-command interfaces may require more visual engagement from drivers than previously thought, a recent series of MIT AgeLab / New England University Transportation Center studies have found. Vehicles are incorporating voice-command... Read more

 

2014-09-25 • In collaboration with TIAA-CREF, Joe Coughlin discusses the results and implications of a study examining the role of grandparents influencing the financial behaviors of Millennial and Gen Z grandchildren. The study included a national survey and... Read more

 

2014-09-25 • Joe Coughlin, Director of CTL’s New England University Transportation Center and founder of the AgeLab is featured by Fast Company Magazine in a special section sponsored by HP on the future of transportation. Coughlin discusses how the aging of... Read more

 

2014-09-19 • Doug Newcomb describes walking through Toyota’s Distracted Walking Dojo, a collaboration between Toyota, MIT AgeLab and the New England University Transportation Center. The experience is intended to demonstrate how using a device while walking... Read more

 

2014-09-09 • Can data alone influence behavior? In his newest entry at the Huffington Post, Dr. Joe Coughlin applies lessons from the data-driven financial industry to the promise of quantified-self technologies (and vice versa!). Read it here.

 

2014-09-02 • NBC News featured AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer on the topic of technologically advanced automobiles. Reimer gave his expert opinion on the growing involvement of technology companies in the automotive space. As Apple and Google continue to... Read more

 

2014-08-15 • Like many at MIT, featured AgeLab researcher Dick Myrick is an engineer by training. But the path he took to his current role was decidely unusual, involving moves across continents, across disciplines, and even across the table from study... Read more

 

2014-08-15 • The MIT AgeLab, in partnership with TIAA-CREF and the AARP, is proud to announce a new study that examines grandparents’ influence on their grandkids’ money and saving habits. The study (read about it in TIME online and USA Today) which surveyed... Read more

 

2014-08-15 • The MIT AgeLab’s founder and director Dr. Joe Coughlin speaks with AARP’s Primetime Radio on the future of aging in an interview coming soon to NPR. With host Mike Cuthbert, Dr. Coughlin examines what it means to grow older in a time when the number... Read more

 

2014-08-12 • George Takei took a tour of the AgeLab and gained some new insights on aging!

 

2014-07-11 • The MIT AgeLab is pleased to congratulate Chaiwoo Lee on successfully completing her PhD thesis defense. The newly minted Dr. Lee's dissertation examines the factors that influence older adults' technology choices and usage patterns. In a rapidly... Read more

 

2014-07-09 • AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer spoke at HMi 2014: Concepts & Systems on June 26 in Berlin. The event focused on human machine interfaces (HMIs) and more specifically, HMI concepts for autonomous driving, augmented reality, voice control... Read more

 

2014-06-26 • Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. and AgeLab developed a new, streamlined methodology for testing the legibility of typefaces on screens under glance-like conditions. The research uses an adapted Stimulus Onset Asynchrony (SOA) methodology to create a... Read more

 

2014-06-24 • The Washington Post featured a story on older driver safety education and new car technology. The article highlighted AARP's Driver safety Program, the largest older driver education program in the nation. Last year, AgeLab director Joe Coughlin... Read more

 

2014-06-16 • See Boston Globe coverage of MIT AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer at the NEMPA-MIT Technology conference here.

 

2014-06-13 • MIT AgeLab research scientist and New England University Transportation Center associate director Bryan Reimer speaks at the MIT Technology Review Digital Summit in San Francisco. During his talk, he posed the following question to the audience:... Read more

 

2014-06-09 • MIT AgeLab research scientist and New England University Transportation Center associate director Bryan Reimer participated in a panel for the New England Motor Press Association’s Technology Conference at the MIT Media Lab. The conference... Read more

 

2014-06-05 • AGNES received more media attention thanks to a visit to the lab by the BBC. Watch the clip here.

 

2014-06-05 • Recent findings from the MIT AgeLab and New England University Transportation Center (New England UTC) showed voice-command interfaces are placing demand on visual attention, an unexpected finding recently featured in Vision Zero International. The... Read more

 

2014-05-23 • Dr. Bryan Reimer gave the talk “Enhancing Driver Focus: The Challenge of Optimizing the Driver-Vehicle Interface in an Increasingly Complex and Automation-Rich Operating Environment” for MIT OST Office of Research and Technology. Dr.... Read more

 

2014-05-19 • The future of aging is not the future our grandparents once faced. It is brighter, with more opportunities and better resources for those growing old, and improved chances for second and third beginnings. This optimistic theme runs throughout The... Read more

 

2014-05-13 • In conjunction with AARP's Spring 2014 Life@50+ National Event and Expo, held in Boston, MIT AgeLab hosted AARP leadership. The lab introduced AARP to new projects and discussed future tech for Baby Boomers as well as older adults.

 

2014-05-13 • George Takei filmed the award-winning YouTube series Takei’s Take at AgeLab on Friday, May 9. The program will focus on our transportation research and work with AGNES (Age Gain Now Empathy System). Below, George Takei poses with Dr. Joe... Read more

 

2014-05-13 • At "Booming Tech," a recent Washington Post LIVE forum sponsored by AARP in Boston in conjunction with the Spring 2014 Life@50+ National Event and Expo, speakers from diverse fields discussed the technological needs and solutions... Read more

 

2014-04-30 • AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer gave two talks at the 2014 Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities in Nashville, TN. In the first talk, “Driver Assistance Systems and the Transition to Automated Vehicles: A Path to... Read more

 

2014-04-22 • MIT students collaborated with AgeLab researchers on “A Comparison of the Demands of Destination Entry using Google Glass and the Samsung Galaxy S4”. The project considered differences between using the two devices in driver’s... Read more

 

2014-04-08 • Fast Company featured research performed at the MIT AgeLab on driver attention and font style. In a collaboration with Monotype, AgeLab researchers used the AwareCar and Miss Daisy, the driving simulator, to follow eye movement and driving behavior... Read more

 

2014-03-25 • From smart phones to smart cars, both public and private entities must consider the needs of older adults in order to help them optimize the use of new technologies, according to the latest issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR),... Read more

 

2014-03-13 • AgeLab research scientist Dr. Bryan Reimer talked on New Hampshire Public Radio about research and debate in New Hampshire regarding legistlature to battle distracted driving. Learn more here.

 

2014-02-27 • Research associate Angelina Gennis spoke on the Galloway Ridge Radio show called "Seniors 2.0: Your life redifined". She introduced some projects at the AgeLab and encouraged listeners to sign up to volunteer and share their ideas.

 

2014-02-25 • AgeLab’s Joseph Coughlin and Dana Ellis published Investing So You can Work in Retirement to AgeLab’s Disruptive Demographics  blog on BigThink.com. The article describes observations from MIT AgeLab research on retirement and... Read more

 

2014-02-06 • AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer was featured in Mission Critical, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) quarterly electronic publication. Reimer discussed the challenge of developing autonomous vehicles... Read more

 

2014-01-27 • AgeLab’s Director Joe Coughlin keynoted Tufts Health Plan and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum’s Healthy Aging: Charting a Path Forward Conference, January 24, 2014. His remarks addressed how the next generation of older adults... Read more

 

2014-01-23 • A recent article by the BBC on the increasing complexities of using in-vehicle technologies featured work discussed by AgeLab research scientist Bruce Mehler at the Connected Car Expo. This research on driver workload and distraction, which draws on... Read more

 

2014-01-21 • FleetOwner covered the launch of AHEAD (The Advanced Human Factors Evaluator for Automotive Distraction), a consortium between MIT AgeLab, DENSO and other industry leaders.  Read the article here.

 

2014-01-16 • The inventor of Paro, AgeLab research fellow Takanori Shibata poses with other AgeLab researchers. Paro is a therapeutic robot for which Shibata is currently researching different applications.

 

2014-01-16 • MIT AgeLab, DENSO Toughstone Evaluations, Honda, Subaru and Jaguar Land Rover have formed a consortium, Advanced Human Factors Evaluator for Automotive Distraction (AHEAD), to study driver distraction. The consortium will further AgeLab work to... Read more

 

2014-01-13 • Two MIT undergraduate student researchers (UROPs), Annie Shoup and Bradford Jokubaitis are included as co-authors on A Preliminary Report on the Effects of Digital Billboards on Glance Behavior during Highway Driving, that will appear in... Read more

 

2014-01-13 • Media coverage of AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer's research on driver attention and in-vehicle technology. Read the article here.

 

2014-01-13 • Joe Coughlin continues to contribute to the Wall Street Journal, this time with advice on how to coexist in the workplace (and thrive) with the Millenial generation. Read the article here.

 

2014-01-10 • The self-driving car conversation continues and Fast Company lets AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer weigh in. Read the article here.  

 

2014-01-08 •  AgeLab research scientist Bruce Mehler spoke with SAE international on how a driver's behavior may change when distracting devices are used. Read the article here.

 

2014-01-07 • In an article for IT IS Innovation, AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer talks about how cars that are more autonomous may lead to greater challenges in keeping drivers' attention. Read the article here.  

 

2013-11-18 • The entire world is facing the challenge of aging well, and the world is a diverse place. Due to economic and cultural differences, solutions for one region may not make sense in others. But at the same time, it may make sense to adapt local... Read more

 

2013-05-08 • Two simultaneous upheavals are in the process of shaping the future of markets and society: traditional information channels giving way to the Internet, and the steady demographic shift to an older population. On May 8th, 2013, the MIT AgeLab... Read more

 

2012-10-05 • The demographic transition from a primarily young population to an older one is the most profound socioeconomic factor shaping the future of markets and society. On Oct. 5, 2012, the AARP, in partnership with the MIT Agelab, convened a symposium of... Read more

 

 

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