About us

Our Team

Jaime Sevilla

Jaime is a researcher focused on statistics and technological forecasting. Besides his role at Epoch, he is a research affiliate of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University and the cofounder of Riesgos Catastróficos Globales.

Tamay Besiroglu
Associate director

Tamay is the associate director at Epoch. His work focuses on the economics of computing and big-picture trends in machine learning. Previously, he was a researcher at the Future Tech Lab at MIT, led strategy for Metaculus, consulted for the UK Government, and worked at the Future of Humanity Institute.

David Owen
Senior Researcher

David is a researcher with a background in computer vision and machine learning. He is interested in analysing and predicting model capabilities, and using empirical data to explore AI deployment in the real world. Before joining Epoch, David worked in an industrial research lab developing AI models for surgical video.

Pablo Villalobos
Staff Researcher

Pablo has a background in Mathematics and Computer Science. After spending some time as a software engineer, he decided to pivot towards AI. His interests include the economic consequences of advanced AI systems and the role of algorithmic improvements in AI progress.

Anson Ho
Staff Researcher

Anson is a researcher and writer for Epoch. His research interests are in interpretability, theoretical AI alignment, and ensuring safe AI development through governance and strategy. Prior to this, he completed his BSc in physics at the University of St Andrews.

Matthew Barnett
Staff Researcher

Matthew received a degree in computer science from UC Berkeley. He’s currently interested in getting a clearer picture of how AI will impact the world in the next few decades.

Ben Cottier
Staff Researcher

Ben’s research interests include the diffusion of AI capabilities among actors, and measuring the effects of different inputs to AI progress. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at Rethink Priorities, and spent time as a software engineer. Ben has a background in Machine Learning.

Ege Erdil
Staff Researcher

Ege is an undergraduate student at Middle East Technical University. He has interests in mathematics, statistics, economics and forecasting.

Robi Rahman
Data Scientist

Robi manages the databases for Epoch’s hardware and machine learning datasets, and collects data on new AI systems.

Robi is also a contributor to the Stanford AI Index Report and a volunteer for his local effective altruism chapter.

Before joining Epoch, Robi received a master’s degree in data science from Harvard University.

Edu Roldán
Software Engineer

Edu does some programming.

María de la Lama
Special Projects Coordinator

María is a Special Projects Coordinator at Rethink Priorities, Epoch’s fiscal sponsor. She manages operations at Epoch, along with Rethink’s core operations team. She has a background in philosophy. Previously, María co-founded a communications consultancy after having worked in publishing and journalism.

Lennart Heim
Strategy Specialist

Lennart supports Epoch’s research and strategy. He extracts the strategy and policy implications of Epoch’s investigation for the AI governance community.
In his primary role, Lennart is a researcher at the Centre for the Governance of AI in Oxford, focusing on Compute Governance. His research interests include the role of compute in the production of AI, the compute supply chain, forecasting emerging technologies, and the security of AI systems. His time is split into the strategic and technical analysis of the compute governance domain and active policy engagement with GovAI’s policy team.

Marius Hobbhahn
Research Fellow

Marius builds models for AI timelines and takeoff using historical trends and his best understanding of the future.

Advisory Board

Daniela Amodei

Leadership Advisor

Daniela Amodei is Co-Founder and President of Anthropic. She was previously at Stripe and OpenAI, and has also served as a congressional staffer.

Tom Davidson

Research Advisor

Tom is a senior research analyst at Open Philanthropy. He’s currently working on assessing arguments that transformative AI might be developed relatively soon. Prior to joining Open Philanthropy, Tom worked as a Data Scientist for education technology startup BridgeU and taught science at a UK comprehensive school. He has a Masters in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Neil Thompson

Research Advisor

Neil is an Innovation Scholar at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Initiative on the Digital Economy where he leads the FutureTech Project. He is also an Associate Member of the Broad Institute.