Dan Underwood

I am a research associate based in the Computer Laboratory. I am currently involved in the Isaac Physics Project, where I am interested in data-driven research to facilitate outreach and engagement of school students learning physics, as well as on-going development of the online web platform.

My background is in Physics. I have a PhD from University College London, in which the main focus of my research was the high-performance computation and analysis of spectroscopic data for molecular species of terrestrial and (exo)planetary interest.

My research interests span multiple areas of Physics and Computer Science, particularly in those that focus on a statistical, data-driven approach, as well as high-performance computation. Examples of my interests include:



Currently my main focus is on the development of a technology-enhanced learning platform: www.isaacphysics.org. This project is concerned with the effective delivery of educational content to school students with the aim of facilitating and improving physics education in schools. Through leveraging state-of-the-art web technologies and data-driven research techniques, our aim is to continuously improve the platform in order to achieve this goal.


My previous research at UCL involved high performance computation and analyses of spectroscopic data for molecular species: www.exomol.com. This work focused the construction of large data sets via computational methods for use by experimental atmospheric and astrophysical studies, and made use of the HPCS and COSMOS services here at Cambridge.


You can view my PhD thesis here.

Contact Details

Dr Daniel Underwood
Email: du220@cam.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 1223 763573
Office number: SN14
Postal address:
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD
United Kingdom