Aleksandra Sarcevic, PhD  
  About | CV | IS4H Research Lab @ Drexel  

I am an Associate Professor of Information Science in the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at Drexel University, where I also direct the Interactive Systems for Healthcare (IS4H) Research Lab. I received my MLIS degree in 2005 and PhD in Information Science in 2009, both from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. My research interests are in computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), and medical informatics, with a focus on ethnographic studies of practice and coordination in safety-critical medical settings that inform technology design and implementation. More recently, I have been focusing on designing interactive healthcare systems for critical care settings. The research in my lab is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In 2013, I was a recipient of an NSF CAREER award. Prior to joining Drexel in 2011, I spent two years as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Note to Prospective PhD Students: I am looking for PhD students passionate about studying the role of technology in dynamic, 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 Science in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University.

Recent Projects & Grants Recent Publications Contact

NIH/NLM R01: Intention-aware Recommender System for Improving Trauma Resuscitation Outcomes
Burd, Sarcevic, Marsic (Multi PI)

The goal of this project is to design, implement, and evaluate an intention-aware recommender system that (1) recognizes and tracks current team goals using sensor data, (2) derives recommendations that support adherence to goal-based protocols, and (3) displays these recommendations in real time on wall displays.

NSF CHS: Medium: Collaborative Research: Activity Recognition for Reducing Delays in Fast-Response Teamwork
Marsic, Sarcevic, Burd (Site PIs)

The goal of this project is to develop a system that provides real-time feedback to trauma teams about potentially delayed activities and enables more rapid management of life-threatening injuries based on recognition of critical activities.

AHRQ R03: Analysis of Factors Associated with Clinical Checklist Compliance
Sarcevic (PI)

The purpose of this project was to identify context attributes associated with non-compliant use of a checklist that is administered concurrently with dynamic clinical activities during trauma resuscitation. The research is establishing the relationship of checklist compliance behaviors to actual task performance and task attributes.

NIH/NLM R01: Automatic Workflow Capture and Analysis for Improving Trauma Resuscitation Outcomes
Burd, Sarcevic, Marsic (Multi PI)

The purpose of this project was to identify deviations and non-routine events associated with adverse outcomes within the trauma resuscitation workflow using process mining. The research was also establishing the feasibility of using RFID sensors for detecting activities during trauma resuscitation.

NSF CAREER: Supporting Fast-Response Medical Teams Through Interactive Information Displays
Sarcevic (PI)

The purpose of this research program was to develop innovative approaches for real-time presentation of process information to support situation awareness and collaborative work of interdisciplinary trauma resuscitation teams. The research will examine how context-specific information should be presented to support teamwork while accounting for team members’ perceptual and cognitive limitations.

Zellner, K., Villegas, L. J., Neff, C., Gestrich-Thompson, W., Burd, R. S., Marsic, I., and Sarcevic, A., "An analysis of speech during life-saving interventions to inform the design of a computerized system for delay detection," to appear in Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association 2022 Annual Symposium (AMIA 2022), pp. TBA, November 5-9, 2022, Washington DC.

Mastrianni, A., Cui, H., and Sarcevic, A., "'Pop-up alerts are the bane of my existence': Designing alerts for cognitive aids used in time-critical medical settings," in CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI EA 2022), Article No. 310 (7 pages), April 29-May 5, 2022, New Orleans, LA, USA.

Morrison-Smith, S., Boucher, C., Sarcevic, A., Noyes, N., O’Brien, C., Cuadros, N., and Ruiz, J., "Challenges in large-scale bioinformatics projects," Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, Vol. 9, Article No. 125, April 2022.

Jagannath, S., Kamireddi, N., Zellner, K. A., Burd, R. S., Marsic, I., and Sarcevic, A., "A speech-based model for tracking the progression of activities in extreme action teamwork," in Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction (PACM HCI), Vol. 6, Issue CSCW, Article No. 73 (25 pages), April 2022.

Mastrianni, A., Almengor, L., and Sarcevic, A., "Alerts as coordination mechanisms: Implications for designing alerts for multidisciplinary and shared decision making," in Proceedings of the ACM on Human Computer Interaction (PACM HCI), Vol. 6, Issue GROUP, Article No. 9 (14 pages), January 2022.

Sherpa, D., Mastrianni, A., and Sarcevic, A., "Exploring the design of streaming data interfaces for emergency medical contexts," in Adjunct Publication of the 23rd International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction (MobileHCI ‘21 Adjunct), Article No. 12 (8 pages), Toulouse, France, September 27 – October 1, 2021.

Zhang, Z., Sarcevic, A., Joy, K., Ozkaynak, M., and Adelgais, K., "User needs and challenges in information sharing between pre-hospital and hospital emergency care providers," in Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association 2021 Annual Symposium (AMIA 2021), Vol. 2021, pp. 1254–1263, San Diego, CA, October 30 – November 3, 2021.

Mastrianni, A., Sarcevic, A., Chung, L., Zakeri, I., Alberto, E. C., Milestone, Z., Marsic, I., and Burd, R. S., "Designing interactive alerts to improve recognition of critical events in medical emergencies," in Proceedings the ACM SIGCHI 2021 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2021), pp. 864-878, June 28-July 2, 2021.

Mastrianni, A., Kulp, L., Sarcevic, A., "Transitioning to remote user-centered design activities in the emergency medical field during a pandemic," in Extended Abstracts of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021) – Case Studies, Article No. 41 (8 pages), May 8 – 13, 2021.

Kulp, L., Sarcevic, A., Cheng, M., and Burd, R. S., "Towards dynamic checklists: Understanding contexts of use and deriving requirements for adaptation," ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), Vol. 28, Issue 2, Article No. 12 (pp. 1-33), April 2021



E: aleksarc [@] drexel DOT edu
P: 215.895.0460

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Travel & Conferences

CSCW 2022
Nov. 8-22, 2022

GROUP 2022/23
Jan. 8-11, 2023
Sanibel Island, FL

PhD Students

Hua Cui
Katie Zellner
Angela Mastrianni

Swathi Jagannath
Leah (Kulp) Hamlin
Zhan Zhang
Diana Kusunoki
Nina Multak


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Last updated: August 25, 2022