Systematic Communication Objectives and Teleportation Technology Investigations and Evaluations (SCOTTIE)

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OPEN 2018
East Hartford, Connecticut
Project Term:
05/14/2019 - 06/30/2023

Technology Description:

United Technologies Research Center will assess the feasibility of using CMC technologies and immersive systems to reduce business travel and its associated energy and emissions. Currently, every roundtrip trans-Atlantic flight emits enough carbon dioxide to melt 30 square feet of Arctic sea ice. This technology (if successful) will displace air travel. The team’s SCOTTIE system will identify the types of travel best suited for replacement by CMC technologies and quantify the minimum CMC system performance needed to satisfy users' communication objectives. The team will then demonstrate the use of currently-available CMC technology in a pilot study.

Potential Impact:

SCOTTIE will use a systems approach to identify critical elements pertaining to the human decision process for selecting Digital Human (DH)-based communications over face-to-face interactions involving travel.


These innovations could lead to dramatically more efficient travel policies, easing strain on the nation’s transportation infrastructure.


Systematic evaluations will identify key obstacles to travel replacement, enabling focused development of transformative DH technologies to reduce greenhouse emissions and energy consumption.


This technology has the potential to optimize business processes to reduce travel-related energy expenditures for sales, servicing, and training.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Jenifer Shafer
Project Contact:
Dr. Peggy Wu
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