Evaluating Metrics for Standardized Benchmarking of Remote Presence Systems

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PubDate: May 2021

Teams: Iowa State University ;United Technologies Research Center

Writers: Charles Peasley, Rachel Dianiska, Emily Oldham, Nicholas Wilson, Stephen Gilbert, Peggy Wu, Brett Israelsen, James Oliver

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To reduce the need for business-related air travel and its associated energy consumption and carbon footprint, the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E is supporting a research project called SCOTTIE – Systematic Communication Objectives and Telecommunications Technology Investigations and Evaluations. SCOTTIE tests virtual and augmented reality platforms in a functional comparison with face-to-face (FtF) interactions to derive travel replacement thresholds for common industrial training scenarios. The primary goal of Study 1 is to match the communication effectiveness and learning outcomes obtained from a FtF control using virtual reality (VR) training scenarios in which a local expert with physical equipment trains a remote apprentice without physical equipment immediately present. This application scenario is commonplace in industrial settings where access to expensive equipment and materials is limited and a number of apprentices must travel to a central location in order to undergo training. Supplying an empirically validated virtual training alternative constitutes a readily adoptable use-case for businesses looking to reduce time and monetary expenditures associated with travel. The technology used for three different virtual presence technologies was strategically selected for feasibility, relatively low cost, business relevance, and potential for impact through transition. The authors suggest that the results of this study might generalize to the challenge of virtual conferences.

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