Our Research

AgeLab works with businesses, governments, and non-profits worldwide to develop new ideas that improve the quality of life for older people and those who care for them. Our work is inspired by the belief that the creative use of technology - combined with an understanding of human behavior -... Read More

Freight transportation is the bridging function that manages the physical flow of raw materials and finished goods, and connects the company to its suppliers, customers, and the government through public infrastructure. As such, freight transportation is often used as the shock absorber for a... Read More

The future rarely moves in predictable, incremental ways.  Often seemingly small changes in technology, demographics, regulations, economics, or a myriad of other factors have dramatic and unintended impacts on how companies source, manufacture, distribute and operate in general. These non-... Read More

This project brings together two concepts: 1) Automatically draw a flow diagram and a map of a company’s supply chain based on data stored in its corporate databases, and 2) Superimpose visual displays of alerts and other critical information on top of these images.

Examples of the kinds... Read More

The mission of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab is to help meet human needs by understanding and improving the crisis response systems behind public services and private markets. Based within the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, the Response Lab combines MIT expertise in... Read More

Megacities – cities with a population of at least 10 million people – are increasing in both number and size, and their share of world GDP is expected to grow from about 14% to over 20% in a decade. Most of the 23 megacities that currently exist are located in emerging markets.... Read More

Corporate supply chains are both contributors and a potential lever to global environmental challenges. However, while companies, specifically consumer facing ones, are making gains in internal sustainability, the bulk of their relative impact actually lies upstream and downstream in their full... Read More

The New England University Transportation Center (UTC) is a research, education, and technology transfer program that is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The New England UTC matches federal funds with industry, government, and non-profit resources to advance the state of... Read More

MIT CTL is a funded partner in the “National Center for Secure & Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR).” In response, CTL has initiated the MIT Port Resilience Project, which will focus on developing resilient and secure ports. CSR is a Department of... Read More

Supply chain innovation captures the interest of many practitioners but most find it elusive and often even difficult to understand.  This project has produced a white paper that addresses some of these issues.  The white paper provides background on the concepts of innovation and supply chain... Read More