Laser Labs is a small scale developer for educational apps. Our aim is
to promote science using well designed and fun apps.
Our endeavour can be traced back to the Gravitational
Wave Group at the University of Birmingham where we
developed our first applications, from
simple simulations to arcade-style games.
These were soon used at science fairs by ourselves and by other scientists around the world.
The apps work well for attracting an audience and for providing talking points
to introduce specific research topics.
Our applications became an important element in a highly ranked impact case study
for the REF 2014, a regular process for assessing the quality of research in UK higher
Laser Labs Games CIC, or Laser Labs for short, was founded to provide the legal structure
for bringing our applications to the well known app stores. We are now recreating our applications
for modern devices and technologies, and continue to work with research
groups to discuss new ideas and to develop new apps to help bringing science to the masses.
To promote science, to increase the public's scientific literacy,
and to facilitate public engagement with research and university
To design and develop educational apps for the general public
and make these available in popular app stores.
To work with and advise university research groups to create new applications promoting their
research projects and scientific outputs.
Our community interest
Laser Labs is a community interest company (CIC). A CIC is a not-for profit, limited company
and a social enterprise, i.e. a business that benefits the community, rather than just the owners or
employees. A regulator annually reviews that the activities of a CIC are
indeed carried out for the benefit of the community. You can find
out more about CIC companies
Founder and director
Andreas is an experimental physicist who spends most of his time designing gravitational wave detectors.
He has been an enthusiastic contributor to outreach activities in Birmingham and for
the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Andreas is also the founder and editor in chief of the
Founder and director
Daniel is the lead programmer at Laser Labs. Prior
to this Daniel developed many of structural and technical aspects of the apps
used by the Gravitational Wave Group in Birmingham and developed the financial education games
at Fortune and Venture.
Nutsinee is currently an operations specialist at LIGO Hanford. When
not fighting with the detector at night she likes to draw!
Philip is a PhD student in physics at the University of Birmingham,
who enjoys programming and games. While not busy studying,
Phil spends his time tinkering with technology,
3D modelling and cooking.
After completing her physics degree at the
University of Birmingham, Isobel continues to pursue her
passions for programming and gravitational waves as a PhD
student at the University in Melbourne. Isobel likes
to draw, run and look after Herschel, her giant African land snail.
Studying physics at the University of
Birmingham was Roshni's first step into a career
combining physics with politics and sustainability. In her
spare time she loves listening to music, reading, and smashing
Game development advice
Working in the games industry since 2008, Katie is an experienced
games designer having worked at studios such as Frontier Developments
and Sony London Studio. She has been developing titles from mobile and
console to augmented reality. Now Creative Director at her own studio,
Triangular Pixels, she partners directly with industry leaders such as
Oculus, Google, and Sony, to produce ground breaking and refreshing
game play for virtual reality.
Artwork and music
Paul is a physicist at the University of Florida who is
currently researching optical techniques for gravitational
wave detectors, by means of lab experiments and
simulations. Paul also plays and records music, and likes to
draw and paint in his spare time.
Code and design
Ludovico is a former instrument scientist of gravitational wave
detectors and now R&D physicist at ASML, developing sensors for
lithography machines for the semiconductor industry.
Laser Labs Games CIC trading as Laser Labs is a limited, not-for-profit
Community Interest Company, registered in England & Wales, No. 09935041
Registered Office: The Apex, 2 Sheriffs Orchard, Coventry, CV1 3PP, UK.