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Joseph Coughlin

MIT

Joseph Coughlin is director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. His research explores how global aging, technology and consumer behavior drive innovations in business and government. He also teaches policy and planning in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and its Engineering Systems Division. Coughlin was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” one of the Wall Street Journal’s “12 Pioneers Inventing the Future of Retirement” and a Money magazine “Game Changer.” He has advised numerous corporations as well as the World Economic Forum. With Lisa D’Ambrosio, Coughlin edited the recently published “Aging America and Transportation: Personal Choices and Public Policy.” He writes the “Disruptive Demographics” blog on BigThink.com. Before MIT, he was with EG&G, a Fortune 1000 science and technology company. Coughlin holds a B.A., A.M. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Oswego, Brown University and Boston University, respectively.

Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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