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.


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.
May 29, 2023 I’m presenting at AAMAS 2023 in London.

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