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Amela Sadagic

Research Associate Professor
Computer Science

Phone: (831) 656-3819


Dr. Sadagic is a Research Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) with 30 years long research experience in interactive computer graphics and Virtual Reality. In the past she coordinated the National Tele-immersion Initiative (NTII) research consortium, and was a Director of Programs responsible for designing and directing projects for K-12 education that employed emerging technologies. Her research interests include human factors in VR/AR; coupling and evaluation of emerging technologies in support of systems for operation, training, and learning; additive manufacturing and diffusion and large-scale adoption of technical innovations. Her research efforts at NPS have been supported by $10M in funding, and involved over 4500 US Marine Corps and US Navy personnel as subjects in user studies. Dr. Sadagic holds PhD degree in Computer Science from the University College London, UK.
  • PhD - University College of London-United Kingdom 1999
    Major: Computer Science
    Dissertation Title: Efficient Image Display for Head-Slaved Viewing of Virtual Environments
NPS Experience
  • 2005 - current: Research Associate Professor
Other Experience
  • 1998 Visiting Lecturer , University of Westminster, School of Computer Science, London, U.K.
  • 1997 Visiting Scholar, University of North Carolina, Department of Computer Science, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 1995 Laboratory Supervisor , Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, U.K.
  • 2003 - 2004 Researcher and co-Director , Partnership for Emerging Learning Environments
  • 1999 - 2003 Director of Programs and Senior Computer Science Researcher , Advanced Network & Services, Armonk, NY
  • 1996 - 1998 Researcher, University College London, Department of Computer Science, London, U.K.
  • 1991 - 1992 Teaching Assistant , University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 1987 - 1992 Senior Research Engineer, Energoinvest Co., Institute for Automatics and Computer Science (IRCA), Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Research Interests
computer graphics and virtual environments
human factors and presence in VR
learning and training in game based systems and simulations
evaluation of learning and training effectiveness in computer supported environments
multiuser communication and collaborative environments
diffusion of innovation
large scale adoption
additive manufacturing (AM)
Teaching Interests
Human Factors in Virtual Environments
Modeling and Simulations
Human Computer Interaction

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 2007 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • 2007 Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH)
  • 2007 ACM SIGGRAPG Pioneers

Scholarly Work

  • Journal Articles
  • Sadagic, A, (2016). Design and Choice of Visual Display Solutions in the Training Domain. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 6(36), 18-25.
  • Sadagic, A., & Denney, M. C, (2016). Computer Supported Training Solutions: Discussion of a New Framework for Effective Development and Deployment. Journal of Cyber Security and Information Systems, 2(4), 8-13.
  • Sadagic, A., & Sadagic, A, (2016). Taking Immersive VR Leap in Training of Landing Signal Officers. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 04(22), 1482-1491.
  • Sadagic, A., Kolsch, M. N., Welch, G., Basu, C., Darken, C. J., Wachs, J. P., Fuchs, H., Towles, H., Rowe, N. C., Frahm, J., Li Guan, Kumar, R., & Cheng, H, (2013). Smart Instrumented Training Ranges: Bringing Automated System Solutions to Support Critical Domain Needs. Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, 3(10), 327-342.
  • Poster for MOVES Academic Working Group (MAWG) 2018s
  • Sadagic, A, (2018). 30 Years of Virtual Reality (VR) at Naval Postgraduate School.
  • Sadagic, A, (2018). Additive Manufacturing: Technical Issues and Test of Large Scale Adoption in Naval Domain.
  • Sadagic, A, (2018). Additive Manufacturing (AM) Group at Naval Postgraduate School.
  • Poster for MOVES Academic Working Group (MAWG) 2019s
  • Sadagic, A, (2019). Metrics and Measurement in Additive Manufacturing Domain: Adoption and Return on Investment.
  • Sadagic, A, (2019). Effectiveness of Training Systems that Employ Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Touchscreen Displays.
  • Sadagic, A, (2019). MOVES Student Thesis Focused on the Use of Commercial Off the Shelf Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Technology.
  • Poster for Naval Research Working Group (NRWG) 2018s
  • Sadagic, A, (2018). MOVES Student Thesis that Leveraged Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) VR Solutions.
  • Sadagic, A, (2018). Additive Manufacturing (AM) Group at Naval Postgraduate School.
  • Sadagic, A, (2018). Additive Manufacturing: Technical Issues and Test of Large Scale Adoption in Naval Domain.
  • Sadagic, A, (2018). 30 Years of Virtual Reality (VR) at Naval Postgraduate School.
  • Workshop papers
  • Sadagic, A, (2016). Validation of Intelligent Agents in Learning and Training Systems: Why Should We Care?
  • Workshop presentations
  • Sadagic, A, (2019). NPS Center for Additive Manufacturing: 3D Scanning, Large Scale Technology Adoption, and More.