Joseph Coughlin

Director, AgeLab


Joseph CoughlinJoseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. His research provides insights on how demographic change, technology, social trends and consumer behavior will converge to drive future innovations in business and government. Based in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, he teaches policy and systems innovation and is author of the on-line publication Disruptive Demographics. He is one of Fast Company Magazine’s ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of “12 pioneers inventing the future of retirement and how we will all live, work and play tomorrow.” Dr. Coughlin is a Behavioral Sciences Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Fellow of Switzerland’s World Demographics & Ageing Forum advising and speaking to businesses, governments and non-profits worldwide. He has served numerous advisory boards including those for British Telecom Health, Daimler, Fidelity Investments, Gallup, Healthways, Nissan, Putnam Investments, Sanofi-Aventis, and Toyota. He was appointed by President Bush to the White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee. Dr. Coughlin has worked with governments in Asia and the EU, the World Economic Forum, OECD, and the Council on Foreign Relations on demographic change, technology and strategic advantage. He has been featured on ABC News, BBC, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, NBC’s Today Show, Dr. Oz, News Asia, Economist, Financial Times, The Straights Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets throughout the world. Prior to MIT he was with EG&G a Fortune 1000 science & technology firm consulting to business and government worldwide.

Faculty Media

  • MIT Age Lab and Joe Coughlin Profiled on Fox News

    Focus story on the MIT Age Lab and its on research agenda to improve the quality of life of older people and those that care for them.

  • TEDxBoston: Joe Coughlin - Aging as an Extreme Sport

    "You've just gained thirty, fourty years of longer life and you're just sitting there!" Joe Coughlin from the MIT Age Lab explains why our increasing life expectancy necessitates the development of...

  • Joe Coughlin: Breaking the Wall of Living Longer, Better

    How Technology and Innovation Will Invent a New Future of Old Age.

  • From Meals on Wheels to Dinner by Drones

    Drones are all the buzz today. They make the news regularly appearing everywhere and often where they don't belong—baseball stadiums, concert stages and even the White House lawn.

  • White House Conference Sees New Technology as Future of Old Age

    Last week marked the White House Conference on Aging, a once-per-decade meet-up of parties from all sectors serving older adults. It was my second WHCOA in an "official" capacity, and it was the...

  • Will Robots Care for You in Old Age?

    Who will care for you in old age? Given dramatically lower fertility rates and population aging, combined with the high cost of caregiving, the future of eldercare and senior housing may be in for...

  • What Apple Taught Me About the Future of Aging

    New technology will surely improve the lives of older adults. However, there is a secondary effect of today’s technological innovation — it raises our expectations for life tomorrow.

  • Will the Sharing Economy Keep an Older America on the Move?

    The nation’s largest gathering of transportation thinkers, the National Academies' Transportation Research Board, was just held in Washington, DC.

  • All Technology is Assistive: Why Product Designers Need to Embrace Accessibility

    When IBM Chief Accessibility Officer Frances West sat down at a recent screening of "Gone Girl," she immediately realized that something was wrong.

  • Caregiving Takes Two Hands: High Touch and High Tech

    Let me start by saying that I love this month's Atlantic cover story, "The New Science of Old Age."


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