Transportation Research Groups

  • Center for Ocean Engineering
    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 

  • Center for Transportation & Logistics
    The Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) is making significant contributions to logistics modeling and supply chain management for shippers; technology and policy analysis for government; and management, planning and operations for trucking, railroad, air and ocean carriers. Director: Yossi Sheffi

  • Complex Systems Research Laboratory
     The Complex Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL) designs system modeling, analysis, and visualization theory and tools to assist in the design and operation of safer systems with greater capability.

  • Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL): CarTel
     CarTel is a distributed, mobile sensor network and telematics system. Applications built on top of this system can collect, analyze, and deliver data from sensors on automobiles and smartphones and provide interesting services to users regarding their commutes. Principal Investigators/Director:  Hari Balakrishnan, Sam Madden, Daniela Rus

  • Cooperative Mobility Program
     The Cooperative Mobility Program (CMP) supports a vision of a sustainable, multi-modal transportation system that will provide the mobility necessary to foster global economic development while remaining compatible with social needs and environmental protection. Director: Daniel Roos

  • Future Urban Mobility, part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
    The Future Urban Mobility IRG’s grand challenge is to develop innovative mobility solutions that simultaneously tackle two opposing objectives:

    1. To improve the safety, comfort and time associated with transportation, getting individuals and good where they need to be, and when they need to be there; and
    2. To reverse the alarming, unsustainable energy and environmental trends associated with transportation, and devise transportation systems that materially enhance sustainability and societal well-being.

  • Global Airline Industry Program
    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

  • MIT-Portugal: Sustainable Energy and Transportation Systems
    The overarching focus of the MIT Portugal Program (MPP) Transportation Systems is the design of complex, large-scale systems that have major societal impact and provide opportunities for sustainable economic development, specifically in a technology-intensive, intermodal transportation system. Principal Investigator: Chris Zegras

  • Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network
    The MIT Global SCALE Network is an international alliance of leading research centers dedicated to the development of supply chain and logistics excellence through innovation, spanning North America, Latin America, and Europe. Director: Yossi Sheffi

  • Intelligent Transportation Research Center
    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

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
    The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) conducts multi-disciplinary research on the applications of modern information technologies to transportation systems. Initial efforts include the conceptual design of intelligent transportation systems and computer tools for design and evaluation of ITS services. Director: Moshe Ben-Akiva

  • International Center for Air Transportation
    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

  • International Motor Vehicle Program
    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

  • Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems
    The Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) is an interdepartmental research laboratory with a fundamental research goal of advancing the field of systems, communications and control. 
    Director: Alan Willsky; Associate Directors: Munther Dahleh, John Tsitsiklis

  • Materials Systems Laboratory
    The Materials Systems Laboratory (MSL) studies the strategic implications of materials and materials processing choices including sustainability factors. 
    Director: Joel P. Clark

  • MIT Age Lab
    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

  • MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics
    The MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program allows researchers from MIT and the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) to experiment with new logistics processes, concepts and technologies and to move research findings quickly into practice. Executive Director: Jarrod Goentzel

  • NEXTOR: The National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research
    NEXTOR is a Government-Academic-Industry alliance dedicated to the advancement of aviation research and technology. NEXTOR is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Technology Development and Operations Planning.

  • Operations Research Center
    Operations Research (O.R.) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions. Operations Research is characterized by its broad applicability and by a wide variety of career opportunities and work styles it embraces. It is also characterized by its interdisciplinary nature.

  • Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction
    PARTNER — the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction fosters breakthrough technological, operational, policy, and workforce advances for the betterment of mobility, economy, national security, and the environment. Principal Investigator/Director: Ian Waitz

  • Sloan Automotive Laboratory
    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

  • US Transportation Productivity Study
    The purpose of Transportation@MIT’s US Transportation Productivity Study is to analyze the productivity trends and data for transportation industries including airlines, railways and trucking to understand what improvements have occurred in the past thirty years and why.