How COVID-19’s 168-Hour Workweek Is Changing Work In Retirement

AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin writes in Forbes about how the exposure to working from home is making employees rethink how they will spend their retirement:

"Despite the complaints of working at home, many COVID home workers are already sensing the retirement possibilities. Paul, a Philadelphia-based 60-year old accountant, notes that “working with a few of my favorite clients in retirement is feeling more possible than I would have imagined as little as a year ago.” “Everything I need is online. I can easily chat with my clients or colleagues on video.”

Julie Miller and Taylor Patskanick Present on Intergenerational Programming for GenHERation

AgeLab researchers Taylor Patskanick and Julie Miller were speakers at a virtual “Discovery Day” event hosted by GenHERation, a program connecting young women in high school and college with organizations that can help educate them about career paths, internships and networking opportunities. Hartford Funds, which partners with the MIT AgeLab on its research and outreach, is a sponsor of GenHERation, and helped to organize the event focused on careers in financial services.

Shabnam FakhrHosseini Presents on Framework of Home Automation at HCI Conference

AgeLab Postdoctoral Associate Shabnam FakhrHosseini presented a paper on home automation at the 22nd International Human Computer Interaction Conference.

Titled “Home as a Platform: Levels of Automation for Connected Home Services” and co-authored by Drs. Chaiwoo Lee and Joseph Coughlin, the paper helps to establish the theoretical underpinnings of the AgeLab’s C3 Home Logistics Consortium.

Joseph Coughlin is Keynote Speaker at ISBNPA XChange Conference

AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin was the keynote speaker for the ISBNPA XChange Conference. ISBNPA, or the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, focuses on behavioral psychology in relation to exercise and nutrition with the aim toward the improvement of human health and wellbeing. The Society publishes an academic journal titled The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

AgeLab and Toyota Release Innovative New Visual Open Data to Accelerate Autonomous Driving Research

How can we train self‐driving vehicles to have a deeper awareness of the world around them? Can computers learn from past experiences to recognize future patterns that can help them safely navigate new and unpredictable situations?

These are some of the questions researchers from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) AgeLab at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) are trying to answer by sharing an innovative new open dataset called DriveSeg.

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