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.


18 - 23 April 2015
CHI 2015
Seoul, Korea

24 - 27 March 2015
iConference 2015
Newport Beach, CA

14 - 18 March 2015
CSCW 2015
Vancouver, BC, Canada

20 - 21 November 2014
TSB Speaker Series
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

15 - 19 November 2014
WISH / AMIA 2014
Washington, DC

9 - 12 November 2014
GROUP 2014
Sanibel Island, FL

16 - 18 August 2014
CSCW 2015 PC Meeting
Evanston, IL


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.
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!
August 2014: As part of my outreach efforts, I gave a lunchtime talk to middle school girls from the Philadelphia area schools enrolled in the 2014 robotic/tech camp Robot Springboard @ Drexel. Rachael and Hannah Tipperman, two exceptional young ladies who founded this camp were featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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: I will be Co-Chairing the 7th Doctoral Consortium on Sociotechnical Issues in Biomedical Informatics in conjunction with the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium. Submissions are due September 9, 2014. See CFP for more information.
April 2014: Our full paper on the use of a paper checklist in emergency care has been accepted to ACM GROUP 2014!
February 2014: I have been invited to Co-Chair the iConference 2015 Workshops. Submissions are due September 26, 2014. See CFP for more information.
June 2013: I have been invited to Co-Chair Interactive Posters at the ACM CSCW 2015. Submissions are due November 10, 2014. See CFP for more information.
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," to appear 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

Diana Kusunoki, Ph.D. candidate in Information Studies, Drexel University
Zhan Zhang, Ph.D. candidate in Information Studies, Drexel University
Nina Multak, Ph.D. student in Information Studies, Drexel University
Maria Yala, Undergraduate student, Computer Science, 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: November 5, 2014