Center for Transportation & Logistics

Director: Yossi Sheffi | Email | Website

77 Massachusetts Ave. • E40-276 • Cambridge, MA 02139 • (617) 253-5320

For more than 40 years, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) has been a world leader in supply chain management, logistics, and transportation education and research. Along with contributions to the understanding of transportation system planning, operations, and management, its efforts include 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. In education, MIT is consistently ranked first among business programs in logistics and supply chain management.  MIT CTL’s Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network of research and education centers now spans four continents (North America, Europe, Asia, and South America) and enrolls more than 100 graduate students a year. 
The Center’s world-renowned research programs directly involve more than 80 MIT faculty and research staff from a wide range of disciplines, as well as researchers from the Global SCALE Network.  MIT CTL’s research falls under three themes:

Supply Chain Management and Logistics

MIT CTL has made major knowledge contributions and helped numerous companies gain competitive advantage through its research in supply chain management and logistics.
Research projects include:

  • Sustainable and socially responsible supply chains
  • Logistics hubs and clusters
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Scenario planning
  • Supply chain strategy alignment
  • Supply chain innovation in emerging markets
  • Supply chain resilience and security
  • Supply chain network risk management
  • Urban logistics


MIT CTL research spans all aspects and modes of transportation. Research projects include:

  • New England University Transportation Center
  • MIT FreightLab
  • MIT Humanitarian Response Lab
  • MIT Responsible Supply Chain Lab
  • MIT Megacity Logistics Lab
  • MIT/transit professional development program
  • MIT program in intelligent transportation systems
  • National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research

The AgeLab

The AgeLab is developing a new systems approach to the field of aging, technology, and innovation. The first research program of its type, the AgeLab has developed a robust research agenda that addresses transportation, well-being, longevity planning, and housing for an aging society. AgeLab research is pioneering the impact of autonomous systems on an aging population as well as family caregivers in the home and car. It also aims to expand the role of retirement planning in healthy independent aging.