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Aleksandra Sarcevic

Associate Professor

Information Science

Dr. Sarcevic's research areas of interest include computer-supported cooperative work, human computer interaction, and healthcare informatics. She has particular interest in understanding how individuals within large collocated teams in high-risk environments interact and communicate while solving problems Dr. Sarcevic's past work has focused on understanding collaboration, teamwork errors, and information behavior of trauma teams while treating severely injured patients immediately after injury.


  • PhD, Communication, Information and Library Studies
    School of Communication & Information (SC&I) Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • MLIS, Library and Information Science
    School of Communication & Information (SC&I) Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • BA, Film and TV Production
    University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

Research/Teaching Interests

Computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, healthcare informatics; crisis informatics; social analysis of information & communications technology (ICT)

Select Publications

  1. Kusunoki, D. S., Sarcevic, A., Zhang, Z., & Yala, M., Sketching awareness: A participatory study to elicit designs for supporting ad hoc emergency medical teamwork, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), July 2014, DOI 10.1007/s10606-014-9210-5
  2. 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.
  3. Parlak, S., Sarcevic, A., Marsic, I., Burd, R. S., Introducing RFID technology in dynamic and time-critical medical settings: Requirements and challenges, Journal of Biomedical Informatics (JBI), vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 958–974, October 2012.

Grant Awards

  • Drexel University. “Drexel University Career Development Award: Designing Cognitive Aids for Emergency Medical Teams,” Aleksandra Sarcevic (PI). 07/01/2013-06/30/2014: $6,805.
  • National Science Foundation. “CAREER: Supporting Fast-Response Medical Teams Through Interactive Information Displays,” [IIS-1253285], Aleksandra Sarcevic (PI). 02/01/2013-01/31/2018: $522,985.
  • National Institutes of Health. “R21: A Paper-Digital Interface for Time-Critical Information Management,” Randall S. Burd, MD (PI), Aleksandra Sarcevic (Co-PI), James D. Hollan (Co-PI), Ivan Marsic (Co-PI), Nadir Weibel (Postdoc). 09/15/2012-09/14/2014: $412,607 (Sarcevic: $98,550).
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (McCabe Pilot Intramural Award). “Development and Feasibility Assessment of a Real-Time IV Fluid Volume Monitor for Time-Critical Management of Pediatric Resuscitation,” Sage Myers, MD (PI), Aleksandra Sarcevic (Co-PI). 07/01/2012-06/30/2013: $22,056.
  • National Science Foundation. “Workshop: ACM Group 2012 Conference Doctoral Research Consortium,” [IIS-1228614], Aleksandra Sarcevic (PI). 03/01/2012-02/28/2013: $20,316.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Reducing Errors in Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation Using a Checklist,” Randall S. Burd, MD (PI), Deborah A. Boehm-Davis (Co-PI), Aleksandra Sarcevic (Co-PI), Karen O’Connell, MD (Co-PI), Jennifer Fritzeen (Co-PI), and Jichuang Wang (Co-PI). 09/01/2010-08/31/2013: $898,502 (Sarcevic: $20,554).
  • National Science Foundation. “HCC: Small: Collaborative Research: Assessing Technology Requirements For Preventing Teamwork Errors in Safety-Critical Settings” [IIS-0915871], Michael E. Lesk (PI), Aleksandra Sarcevic (Co-PI) and Ivan Marsic (Co-PI). Collaborative research with Children’s National Medical Center [IIS-0915899] and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School [IIS-0915812]. 09/15/2009-08/31/2012: $503,019 (Rutgers: $348,091; Children’s National: $80,092; RWJ: $74,836).
  • National Science Foundation. “SGER: Finding Happiness: Indexing Emotions in Digital Video” [IIS-0441172], Michael E. Lesk (PI) and Aleksandra Sarcevic (Co-PI). 08/01/2004-02/28/2006: $58,530.
  • Siemens Corporate Research. Support for Finding Happiness project. Michael E. Lesk (PI) and Aleksandra Sarcevic (Co-PI). 09/01/2004-08/31/2006: $30,000.

Awards & Recognition

  • Distinguished Paper Award, American Medical Informatics Association 2010 Annual Symposium (AMIA 2010), November 2010
  • Summer Institute for the Consortium for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems (CSST), June 2010
  • Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH 2010) Mentoring Program, April 2010

Professional Activities & Associations

Program Committees & Grant Proposal Review Panels:
  • NSF Panel Member, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), since 2010
  • AMIA 2013: Associate Papers Chair
  • ACM CSCW 2013: Best Papers Committee Member
  • ACM CSCW 2013, 2014: Associate Papers Chair
  • ACM CHI 2012: Associate Papers Chair for the “Specific Application Areas” Subcommittee
  • ACM CHI 2011: Associate Chair for Case Studies, Health Featured Community
  • ACM CHI 2010: Associate Chair for Works in Progress (WiP)

Conference Committee Work:
  • ACM GROUP 2014: Posters Co-Chair
  • AMIA 2013: Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair
  • Pervasive Health 2013: Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair
  • ACM CSCW 2013: Session Chair
  • ACM CSCW 2010, 2013: Publications Co-Chair
  • ACM GROUP 2012: Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair

  • TOCHI: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (since 2013)
  • IJMI: International Journal of Medical Informatics (since 2010)
  • ACM UIST: Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (since 2010)
  • AMIA: American Medical Informatics Association Annual Meeting (since 2010)
  • JASIST: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (since 2010)
  • ISCRAM: Int’l Conference on Info Systems for Crisis Response and Management (since 2010)
  • ACM CHI: International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (since 2007)
  • ACM CSCW: International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (since 2010)
  • ACM GROUP: International Conference on Supporting Group Work (2003, 2010)
  • HICSS: Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (2005)

Current Professional Associations:
  • Member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Member of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (SIGCHI)
  • Member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)