Arnau Quera-Bofarull

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Oxford


Room 243

Wolfson Building

15 Parks Rd

Oxford, OX1 3QD


Hello! I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Oxford. I’m also a research fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a research affiliate at MIT Media Lab.

My background is mainly in theoretical physics; I read Physics and Mathematics at the University of Barcelona, followed by an MSc in Physics at the University of Heidelberg. I later obtained a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Durham.

I’m interested in any kind of problem that requires large computational resources to understand. During my PhD, I developed new numerical methods to simulate active galactic nuclei (AGN) feedback in the form of radiative winds. I’m also one of the lead developers of JUNE, a one-to-one epidemiological agent-based model of England.

Lately, I’m interested in how we can leverage machine learning tools to improve the way agent-based models (ABM) are designed, calibrated, validated, and verified.


Apr 19, 2024 I will be attending AAMAS 2024 in New Zealand presenting a tutorial on differentiable ABMs and two recent publications one two.
Nov 2, 2023 I will be visiting the MIT Media Lab for the whole month of November. Give me a shout if you want to meet!
Nov 2, 2023 I will be presenting at the International Conference on AI in Finance in New York a paper on calibrating differentiable financial agent-based models.
Jul 27, 2023 Presenting some recent work on differentiable agent-based models calibration at the Differentiable Almost Everything at ICML 2023.
Jun 6, 2023 I’m presenting at the BioInference 2023 Conference in Oxford.

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