Manuel Davila Delgado

Manuel Davila Delgado

Professor in Applied AI and Business Transformation

Birmingham City Business School

Professor Manuel Davila is responsible for delivering high-impact research at the intersection of key digital technologies that enable digital transformation.

He is an expert in developing novel digital solutions for smart infrastructure and digital engineering. His interests and expertise lie at the intersection of Digital Twins, Machine Learning, and Immersive Technologies.

He has over 16 years of experience applying research in varied areas of digital engineering. He has a PhD in computational mechanics, topology optimisation, and evolutionary structural optimisation. He has carried out research at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, the National University of Singapore, the University of Cambridge, UK, and the University of the West of England, UK.

He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed international publications and secured research grants from Innovate UK and the Centre for Digital Built Britain in excess of £3.6 million (PI: £840K, Co-I: 2.83 million). His research has helped top companies in the UK (e.g. Balfour Beatty, Costain, Airbus) to adopt novel emerging technologies and develop digital solutions that enable data-driven decision-making.

In 2019, he was the winner of the J. James R. Croes Medal, awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), for the article “Structural Performance Monitoring Using a Dynamic Data-Driven BIM Environment”. The award recognises the most notable contribution to engineering research in terms of the practical value of the research and its impact on engineering practice.

Areas of Expertise
Postgraduate Supervision
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