We study

automation at work innovation AI adoption emerging technology productivity

Our Areas of Research

With a focus on innovation, productivity and competitiveness, the MIT Industrial Performance Center brings together researchers in engineering, science, management and the social sciences at MIT and beyond to carry out applied research in the following areas.

Work of the Future

The MIT Work of the Future initiative explores the relationship between technology, work and society. It envisions an economy where dramatic advances in automation and computation go hand in hand with improved opportunities and economic security for workers.


Manufacturing research at the IPC examines technology adoption, workforce development, and productivity at U.S. factories. With teams of engineers and social scientists, the IPC has a long legacy of industry studies research in manufacturing dating back to the Made in America study published in 1989.

Progress Studies

How can science make faster progress toward addressing big, broadly desirable goals like abundant affordable clean energy and curing dementia? We advance research and intellectual exchange around the emerging field of Progress Studies, focused on new models for harnessing scientific inquiry to improve humanity.

Factories on the Frontier