Transportation Research Groups


  • The Center for Ocean Engineering has significant research efforts in fluid mechanics and hydrodynamics, acoustics, offshore mechanics, marine robotics and sensors, and the role of the ocean in the global environment and in climate change. Director: Michael S.Triantafyllou 

  • The Global Airline Industry Program is developing a body of knowledge for understanding development, growth and competitive advantage in this industry, which is one of the most diverse, dynamic and perplexing of the world. Director: Peter Belobaba

  • The Intelligent Transportation Research Center (ITRC) focuses on key Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies to improve the safety, security, efficiency, mobile access, and environment. Director: Ichiro Masaki

  • The goal of the International Center for Air Transportation (ICAT) is to improve the safety, efficiency and capacity of domestic and international air transportation and its infrastructure, utilizing information technology and human centered systems analysis. Director: R. John Hansman

  • The International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP) is the oldest and largest international research consortium aimed at understanding the challenges facing the global automotive industry and focuses on management issues including production systems, technology, and sustainability issues. 
    Directors: John Paul MacDuffie, Charles Fine

  • Research in the MIT AgeLab is designing, developing, and deploying innovations that improve quality of life in a variety of fields including transportation and driver safety. Director: Joseph F. Coughlin

  • The Sloan Automotive Laboratory aims to provide the fundamental knowledge base for automotive engineering and to educate students to become technological leaders in the automotive industry.  Principal Investigators: Wai K. Cheng, Willian H. Green, John B. Heywood, Tian Tian, Victor W. Wong