Aleksandra Sarcevic, Ph.D.
College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University
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Aleksandra Sarcevic is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. Her research interests lie in the areas of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI) and health informatics. She received her PhD from the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University.


7 - 12 May, 2016
CHI 2016
San Jose, CA

20 - 23 March 2016
iConference 2016
Philadelphia, PA

27 Feb - 2 Mar, 2016
CSCW 2016
San Francisco, CA


3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
P: 215.
E: aleksarc [@] drexel dot edu

Recent News & Events
Note to Prospective Students: I am looking for PhD students passionate about investigating the role of technology in assisting fast-paced, high-risk medical work. If you are interested in designing, developing and implementing information technology in medical domains of great societal importance, please contact me to setup a time to discuss mutual interests and potential research projects. See also here for more information about our interdisciplinary PhD Program in Information Studies in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University.
June 2016: Excited to see this paper co-authored with one of my undergraduate research assistants finally published in Interacting with Computers: On the Use of Electronic Documentation Systems in Fast-Paced, Time-Critical Medical Settings!
June 2016: Our paper on checklists as memory externalization tools has been accepted to AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium!
March 2016: Our paper on design challenges in converting paper checklists to digital format has been accepted to Pervasive Health 2016 conference!
August 2015: I was back again this summer for another lunchtime series talk at the robotic/tech camp Robot Springboard @ Drexel for middle school girls enrolled in the Philadelphia area schools. The enthusiasm these girls show for science is energizing and impressive!
April 2015: Our paper on constructing awareness through speech, gesture, gaze and movement during a time-critical medical task has been accepted to ECSCW 2015 conference!
January 2015: Very happy to announce that our CSCW 2015 paper on designing for temporal awareness in time-critical medical work has been awarded an Honorable Mention by the "Best of CSCW" committee!!
August 2014: Panel on digital checklists and cognitive aids in medicine accepted to AMIA 2014! Drs. Winters (Johns Hopkins Medicine), Burd (Children's National Medical Center), and Chu (Stanford University) will share their experiences with checklist design and development on Tuesday, November 18 @ 10.30am.
August 2014: A paper with my PhD student Diana Kusunoki on designing for temporal awareness in time-critical medical work has been accepted to ACM CSCW 2015!
July 2014: Our team has been awarded an NIH R01 grant to continue our work on automatic workflow capture to improve trauma resuscitation outcomes!!
July 2014: Our journal article on using participatory design to elicit designs for supporting emergency medical work has been accepted for publication in Computer Supported Cooperative Work. See here for the Online First version of the article.
April 2014: Our full paper on the use of a paper checklist in emergency care has been accepted to ACM GROUP 2014!
June 2013: Awarded Drexel University 2013-2014 Career Development Award to help establish research collaboration with the iCogAid research group at Stanford.
January 2013: Awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for my research on improving team awareness during emergency medical situations through interactive information presentation.
Past News & Events
About Me & My Research Interests

I am an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at Drexel University. Before coming to Drexel, I spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. I completed my doctoral studies in Information Science at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University in October 2009.


The goal of my research is to understand how individuals within collocated teams interact, communicate and make decisions while solving complex problems under time pressure. So far, my research has focused on studying trauma resuscitation teams as they treat severely injured patients immediately after injury. My approach is multidisciplinary, user-centered and team-oriented. I work closely with engineers, computer scientists and trauma surgeons to inform the design of technological solutions to support information sharing and medical decision making.

Selected Publications
Kusunoki, D. S., Sarcevic, A., Weibel, N., Marsic, I., Zhang, Z., Tuveson, G., Burd, R. S., "Balancing design tensions: Iterative display design to support ad hoc and interdisciplinary medical teamwork," in Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014), pp. 3777-3786, Toronto, Canada, April 26 – May 1, 2014.
Sarcevic, A., Marsic, I., and Burd, R. S., "Teamwork errors in trauma resuscitation," ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), vol. 19, no. 2, article 13, July 2012.
Sarcevic, A., Palen, L. A., and Burd, R. S., "Coordinating time-critical work with role-tagging," in Proceedings of the ACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2011), pp. 465-474, Hangzhou, China, March 19-23, 2011.
Student Collaborators

Zhan Zhang, Ph.D. candidate in Information Studies, Drexel University
Leah Kulp, Ph.D. student in Information Studies, Drexel University
Brett Rosen, Undergraduate student, Software Engineering, Drexel University
Nicole Ferraro, Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University

My Photo on a Whim
I love to travel (well, who doesn't?!) and am always on a lookout for inspiring vistas! Here, I share some interesting ones from my recent travels...
My Photo on a Whim
Street graffiti on a ruined theater, Subotica, Serbia (July 2013)




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Last updated: June 10, 2016