Current Research Focus Areas

Mobility & Transportion

E.g., wearable computing technology-based driver gesture recognition, in-vehicle monitoring of driver health, age-related differences in driver behavior associated with automated vehicles, analyzing driver use of in-vehicle technologies, using emerging IT to study driver perceptions and self-regulating behaviors, increasing ease of vehicle ingress and egress for individuals with physical impairments.

Health & Technology

E.g., 3D printing of customized orthotics, monitoring performance with sensors, correlating social relationships and health in retirement communities, utilizing AI systems for patient care and healthcare provider assistance, testing gaming-based options in enhancing healthy life choices, proactive patient facing brief interventions, developing algorithms to combine biological and behavioral data.


National Science Foundation (NSF) funding established Society 2030 as an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), officially launching Phase II of this initiative. Phase II will include focused and specific project activity with tangible results that will have direct implications on our corporate partners and society in general.

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Our Vision

The goal of Society 2030 is to stimulate the work of the consortium and provide cutting edge research. The intent is not to create a view that is incremental and progressive, but rather one that is creative, flexible, and even disruptive from currently held views.

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Why Society 2030?

Society 2030 is a proactive plan that moves through multiple stages, from identifying a future society to determining ways to most effectively meet the needs of that future society, including product planning, development, and testing.


largest academically-based social science institution in the world (U-M Institute for Social Research)


academic programs at Wayne State University,
along with Michigan’s most diverse student body


Public health research centers, as well as biomechanics-related research labs, at the University of Michigan

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), located within ISR, maintains the world’s largest archive of digital social science data