Project leader

Jacob F. Sherson

Project Leader, Associate Professor in Physics

Jacob is an established quantum physicist who has, amongst other achievements, set the world record for quantum teleportation. He founded ScienceAtHome to create an online gaming platform that democratizes science by turning scientific problems into engaging games. Now, with the help of gamers around the world, Jacob aspires to create a quantum computer and turn social science inside out with massive multiplayer games!

Team leaders

Lars Kroll

Development Manager

Lars Kroll is a game developer with a background in Computer science. He works as a producer/ technical project lead, on all things Unity related, with special emphasis on Unity development. When Lars isn't helping out at ScienceAtHome, he's making a game about zombies.

Louise Kindt

Coordinator of Educational Outreach

Louise has a Ph.D. in experimental ultra cold physics and a large didactics experience as a high school teacher. She is the project leader of all educational outreach and performs research within the learning process through game experience. She spends her free time being a mom and teaches her kids about quantum mechanics through our games.

Jens Jakob Sørensen

Coordinator of Technical Development, PhD Student in Theoretical Physics

Jens Jakob is a PhD student in theoretical physics. Jens Jakob studies the problems, which are solved by the players in Quantum Moves and compares the players to numerical optimization algorithms. He also leads the development of the quantum simulation code behind the quantum games and works on bringing new and even crazier physics into the games. Jens Jakob also spends his time researching which new types of physics we can expect to observe in group's experiment in the basement.

Jonathan Satchell

Design Director

Jonathan is responsible for developing the visual identity for ScienceAtHome. He has many years of experience as a designer and illustrator based in London. Jonathan has also managed digital & marketing teams in the not-for-profit and energy sectors both in the UK and Denmark.

Scientific staff

Mads K. Pedersen

Coordinator of Data Science

Mads is the Head of the Data Science unit at ScienceAtHome with a background in physics. He is studying how games can be used to investigate otherwise abstract and hard science, such as how humans formulate strategies to explore complex search problems.

Robert Heck

Postdoctoral researcher in Experimental Physics

Robert is an experimental physicist and works as a postdoc at ScienceAtHome. At the moment, he is working mainly in the lab in order to run, extend and maintain the experiment. That means he is one of the guys creating the ultracold clouds of Rubidium atoms, taking the data and analysing it. Besides, he is also working on smaller theory projects.

Ottó Elíasson

PhD Student in Experimental Physics

Ottó is a PhD student in Physics, working mainly in the lab on the experiment itself. The lab work is to a great extent focused on maintaining and extending the running experiment, and then operating it. Besides, Ottó also does some theoretical work and communicates our science to the public.

Oana Vuculescu

Social scientist/ data scientist

Oana is working on understanding how humans solve problems, why they can do some things better than algorithms and how can we design the problem-solving process (i.e. game) in such a way that humans find it easy and fun to solve some of the most complex problems currently out there.

Carlos M. Díaz

Cognitive & Media Psychologist

Carlos is a polymath psychologist focused on media psychology, particularly on how playing video games influence our cognitive skills and vice versa. For this reason, he made a Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences studying the use of Scientific Reasoning in commercial games. He is the cognitive scientist of SAH games and the current head of Skill Lab. His aim is to improve how people learn and to unfold science to all people. In his free time, you can find him playing RPGs, board games, or crocheting amigurumi.

Jens S. Laustsen

PhD Student in Experimental Physics

Jens did his bachelor project at ScienceAtHome and has continued afterwards as a Ph.D. student. His everyday work is operating and extending the experiment. When he is not in the basement there is a good chance that he is out climbing, or sitting in a kayak.

Carsten Bergenholtz

Associate Professor at Department of Management

Carsten is a social scientist, studying how humans individually and in collaboration with others search for information and solve problems. Within experimental social science, there is often a focus on studying how individuals solve fairly simple problems, while Carsten is interested in how citizen scientists can solve very complex physics problems, such as cooling down atoms or moving quants.

Klaus Mølmer

Professor

Klaus Mølmer is a theoretical physicist and co-founder of the ScienceAtHome project–when it could still fit in a shoe box. Klaus develops solutions for quantum computing and he is beginning to get both excited and nervous that the assistance from all the players will bring him and his theory colleagues out of business.

Rajiv V. Basaiawmoit

Ph.D., MBA, Head of Sci-Tech Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Rajiv is also an Entrepreneurship Educator and gamification architect. In SAH he is interested in understanding the science behind collaboration and especially identifying "gaming traits" that can be linked to your personality and to your entrepreneurial skills both through his own game and the Skill Lab games. He is also helping gamify the SAH platform and increase player engagement on the platform. In his spare time, he designs & plays board games and tries solving some of the most pressing social problems of the world today with games and has won several awards for his innovative approaches.

Jesper Hasseriis Mohr Jensen

PhD Student in Theoretical Physics

Jesper is PhD student in theoretical physics, working on the development and application of quantum optimal control theory to exciting problems within physics. He also has an interest in machine learning and looks forward to integrating it into his project. He joined ScienceAtHome as a student programmer in the summer of 2015 and has been around ever since.

Shaeema Z. Ahmed

PhD Student

Shaeema has earned her M.Sc. in Physics, specialized in Astrophysics at the University of Delhi. She is passionate about communicating science to a more general audience. She is discovering new horizons and opportunities in Denmark.

Janet Rafner

Coordinator of International Education

Ms. Rafner is an incoming doctoral researcher in hybrid intelligence.  She was formerly a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, with degrees in physics and studio art. Her current research includes theoretical and phenomenological turbulence, Human Computer Interfaces, Research through Design, and Research-Enabling Game-Based Education. She is also the international coordinator for the ScienceAtHome activities associated with the global educational initiative, Think Like a Scientist.

Developers

Anders Lund

Unity Developer

With a masters degree in computer interaction and an engaged interest in scientific advancement, the combination of game development and quantum physics is for Anders the perfect match. In his spare time coffee roasting, photographing and digital art are other projects he is equally passionate about.

Timo von Eitzen

Web Developer

Timo is our lead web developer at ScienceAtHome. He has extensive experience working with front- & back-end technologies as well as content management systems. Timo loves working with PHP & JavaScript, enjoys developing REST APIs and is a MySQL database wizard, however his most important skill is that he enjoys baking us cakes.

Daniel S. Christensen

Backend Developer

Daniel is a proficient game developer with a rare passion for data security, server connectivity, and backend programming. At ScienceAtHome his mixed expertise has made him a link between our game developers and data scientists, where he works on improving our data collection from how it's implemented into the games to how it reaches our scientists. In his spare time, he struggles with the conundrum most common to game developers: "Should I make games, or should I play games?"

Mette Jakobsen

Unity Developer

Mette is a developer with a strong passion for mechanics with meaning. She wrote her Master's in video game narrative and therefore double as the team's narrative designer whenever the situation calls for it, like a superhero... that writes. Her secret mission is to have the coder office swarmed by origami flowers.

Till Heinzel

Scientific Backend Developer

Till did his Master’s degree in theoretical physics with ScienceAtHome and got stuck. Having learned quite some programming through the scientific method (do stuff, see what happens), he is now the main developer on the numerical simulations underlying the games and theoretical research. His spare time is spent with books, overly complicated games and running.

Tonni Tingholm

Game Designer

Tonni has a background in character animation with experience in both traditional and digital artwork creation. He has directed short films with both 2D and 3D animations and has recently worked on his first 3D feature. Tonni has been working with ScienceAtHome to improve the visual aspects of our games, mostly working on Quantum Moves our flagship game.

Florian M. Korsakissok

Software developer

Florian is the main developer working on Quantum Composer, a quantum physics simulation tool. He has a Master’s degree in computer science and uses this knowledge to display cool stuff on computer screens (for example, quantum physics!). He likes programming, games, programming games, and various other stuff.

Project assistants

Patrícia Z. Tóth

Community Coordinator

Patrícia helps to strengthen ScienceAtHome social media presence and engage online communities. She is busy with developing the online marketing strategy, monitoring activities and creating content for all SoMe channels. After long working hours, she relaxes her mind with sport: heading straight to the nearest gym or ice rink.

Toni V. Genov

Video Content Manager

Toni is responsible for creating video content for ScienceAtHome on a weekly basis. He has experience producing and directing music videos, event aftermovies and promotional videos for companies all around Denmark. His main goal as a video content manager is to create fun and engaging scientific videos for the wider audience.

Lærke L. Nielsen

Didactics Student Assistant

Lærke is currently doing her master in Physics at Aarhus University.  Alongside her studies, she is working for ScienceAtHome as a part of the didactic team. Here, she is developing learning material for our games where she contributes with her background in physics alongside with her experience in our laboratory.  When not in the office or in the lab, you can find her in the Friday bar, discussing philosophy with a twist of physics.

Stefan Vidovic

Didactics Student Assistant

Stefan is a first-year master student who works as a student helper in the didactic department. His job is to create educational content that helps high school students getting into the world of quantum mechanics. He likes playing learning games like Potential Penguin or Quantum Moves and using them as teaching tools. In his spare time, he spends a lot of time working out, watching movies and playing video games.

Simon H. Albrechtsen

IFA Challenge Track Student

Simon is a second-year physics student, who is working on the Quantum Composer as an extracurricular activity. He is working on the educational material for the website, so the new users can start building intuitions about quantum-mechanics right away. Helping to make science accessible for a broader audience excites him, and in his free time, he helps to organize a physics summer camp.

Plamen Petkov

Multimedia Designer

Plamen is multimedia designer with a background in Digital and Fine Arts. At ScienceAtHome, his responsibilities are improving the visual aspect of the games, including interface design and creating graphic design material for outreach.

Collaborators

Andreas Lieberoth

Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology and Media Psychology

Andreas studies the psychology of play, games and gamification as well as the more general effects that media use can have on people. His knowledge and ideas have been involved in the development of many scienceathome.org games, which he tests the impact of using a variety of techniques from psychological testing and behaviour data to eye tracking technology.

Andrew Mao

Postdoc at Microsoft Research

Andrew is a computational and experimental social scientist interested in using citizen science to push the boundaries of research on collective behavior. While working with ScienceAtHome, he's become a budding physicist too. He also loves cooking, specifically roasting chickens and baking sourdough bread, as well as tinkering with gadgets, playing table tennis, skiing, and scuba diving.

Jana Jarecki

Research fellow at the Economic Psychology Lab at the University Basel, Switzerland.

Research fellow at the Economic Psychology Lab at the University Basel, Switzerland.

Scott Leinweber

Computational Designer

Scott is a computational designer and creative technologist exploring the digital-physical dialog of craftsmanship today. He works with artists, product designers, and architects to realize projects as diverse as interactive art and sculpture, product design, video, information mapping, and architectural spaces. While all of these use technology, the end goal is always the human experience behind them.

Zoran Grujic

Professor of Mathematics, University of Virginia

Zoran Grujic
Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
University of Virginia

 

ScienceAtHome alumni

Pinja Haikka

Former Head of Outreach, Postdoctoral Researcher in Theoretical Physics

Pinja got her PhD in theoretical quantum physics in Finland in and soon thereafter decided to move down south to enjoy warmer climates. She landed in Denmark (a small improvement!) and worked as the Head of Outreach and PR at Science At Home. Pinja spends her time doing physics research, data analysis and learning all about machine learning methods. Her perfect world is full of sun, coffee and cats.

Beata Biskupicova

Former Designer

Bea helps to push pixels around and her admiration for science, visualization, and technology makes it an easy fit for ScienceAtHome. You can see some of her work here.
In her free time, she likes to relax her mind somewhere in the mountains, but as living in flat Denmark makes that challenge hard - bouldering and picture hunting sound like equally good free time activities.

Romain Müller

Former Postdoctoral researcher in Experimental Physics

Romain is a PostDoc, working in the lab and setting up the trapping and imaging of single atoms. This will open the doors towards interesting experiments using the quantum nature of ultracold Rubidium atoms. If he is not hiding from the sun in the basement where the experiment is located, he gets easily distracted by the Aarhusian life.

Birk Skyum

Former IT Consultant

Birk is using his experience as a software engineering to assist us when new challenges arrive, and educated technical decisions have to be made. He can help us map out requirements and design solutions whether they involve cloud services, real-time synchronization, code testing, databases or software architecture. With a deep insight of modern development is he introducing tools and improving workflows to make our team more efficient.

Mario Napolitano

Former Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Physics

Mario joined the experimental team in 2014 after he completed his PhD in the field of quantum metrology at the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona. He is worked on the imaging technique for the ultra-cold rubidium cloud, to achieve sensitive and nondestructive ways of probing the atoms at the level of their quantum fluctuations.

Aske Thorsen

Former Research assistant in Experimental Physics, Master in Physics

Aske developed the control system called "ALICE" for the quantum computer experiment. The control system is made in Labview as an easy to learn and flexible solution to control more than hundred events that are required to cool the atoms in the experiment. A large part of his job was to program new control software to be added to ALICE in order to expand the capability of the experiment.

Aukse Tamosiune

Former Community Manager

Aukse is a Master student of Human Security at AU. Her main responsibility is making ScienceAtHome voice heard: together with her colleagues, she is working on marketing strategies, content creation, and social media management. When she is not working for ScienceAtHome, she shares her ideas as a freelance journalist and travels the world looking for "Little Prince" books in every foreign language.

Kristian Bak

Former Unity Developer

Kristian is a game developer and programmer with a passion for efficient, iterative development and experimental interaction. When the sudden opportunity to get involved in real world physics presented itself, he was swooped away from a blooming career as a freelancer, grasping the chance to apply his skills to the mind boggling world of cutting edge science. Fun fact: His sister is named after the particle accelerator in the basement of Aarhus University.

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