I am Shaeema Zaman Ahmed from India, and I am a PhD student in the Quantum Measurement and Manipulation Group (QMMG) at Aarhus University led by Prof. Jacob Friis Sherson.

I graduated in M.Sc. Physics from the University of Delhi, India where I specialized in astrophysics. I have also worked for a few years at one of India’s science communication agencies, Zlife Education where I got the opportunity to experiment with my ideas of teaching and communicating physics through citizen science projects, science festivals, and educational workshops. I moved to Denmark in the pursuit of exploring new research opportunities. Currently, my primary research area is in the field of visualization and gamification of complex quantum control tasks. In a nutshell, my PhD will focus on building gamified interfaces and tools for assisting researchers in performing quantum control optimization techniques in ultra-cold, many-body experiments. I am also interested in investigating the use and impact of quantum games and simulation tools for research, education, and outreach, which will be explored through the PhD project as well. Additionally, I am involved in conducting the outreach training sessions for QuSCo as well.


  1. S. Zaman Ahmed, C. Weidner, J. H. M. Jensen, J. F. Sherson, and H. J. Lewandowski, ”Student engagement and learning with Quantum Composer”, Submitted to the Physical Review Physics Education Research journal; Available on arXiv:2104.13260 (2021)
  2. S. Zaman Ahmed, A. Hjorth, J. F. Rafner, C. A. Weidner, G. Kragh, J. H.M. Jensen, J. Bobroff, K. H. Nielsen, and J. F. Sherson, “A training programme for early-stage researchers that focuses on developing personal science outreach portfolios”, Submitted to the SAGE Science Communication journal; Available on arXiv:2103.03109(2021)
  3. S. Zaman Ahmed, J. H. M. Jensen, C. A. Weidner, J. J. Sørensen, M. Mudrich, J. F. Sherson “Quantum Composer: A programmable quantum visualization and simulation tool for education and research” American Journal of Physics 89, 307 (2021); arXiv:2006.07263
  4. C. A. Weidner, S. Zaman Ahmed, J. H. M. Jensen, J. F. Sherson, and H. J. Lewandowski, ”Investigating student use of a flexible tool for simulating and visualizing quantum mechanics”, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020
  5. J. H. M. Jensen, M. Gajdacz, S. Zaman Ahmed, J. H. Czarkowski, C. A. Weidner, J. F. Rafner, J. J. Sørensen, K. Mølmer, J. F. Sherson “Crowdsourcing human common sense for quantum control”, Physical Review Research 3, 013057 (2021); arXiv:2004.03296
  6. O. Elíasson, C. A. Weidner, J. F. Rafner, and S. Zaman Ahmed, “A man-machine mind meld for quantum computing: Can an online game that combines human brainpower with AI solve intractable problems?,” in IEEE Spectrum, vol. 56, no. 11, pp. 37-41, Nov. 2019, doi: 10.1109/MSPEC.2019.8889971.

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