Manuel David Morales

  • CONACYT Post-doctoral Fellow in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy, University Center of Exact Sciences and Engineering (CUCEI) at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

  • Formerly Data Scientist, State Council of Public Safety, Jalisco State Government, Mexico.


Dr. Manuel David Morales is a Chilean astrophysicist, currently working as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Universidad de Guadalajara, funded by the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) in Mexico. Manuel researches about artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for gravitational-wave (GW) astronomy, actively collaborating in the Mexican GW Data Analysis Group; a pioneer Latin American research group in this emergent field. Previously, he worked as data scientist in the Jalisco State Government, Mexico, advising AI projects for criminology and biometric recognition. Manuel has a significant experience interacting with scientists of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in the search and characterization of gravitational wave signals, and also with industry professionals of the Saturdays.AI global community in the developing of social impact AI prototypes.

Manuel received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computational Physics from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Mexico. Before, he completed his B.Sc. in Applied Physics in the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. As a collateral pathway, he is one of the pioneers of the science and religion dialogue among Latin American Evangelicals. In 2009, Manuel founded Razón y Pensamiento Cristiano, an independent theological journal informed by sciences, from an Ecumenical and Evangelical perspective. Because of this work, he was invited to the seminal Templeton Workshop "Science and Religion in Latin America", held in the University of Oxford, England (2013). Later, he was co-organizer of the pioneering "Ibero-American Meeting for Science and Faith" in Mexico City (2015), as honorary member of the Centre for Science & Faith in Spain, with a grant of BioLogos.

Recently, Manuel have started to collaborated with the Center for Open & Relational Theology, in USA. He also is founder-member of the Realidad y Proceso; a pioneer Spanish-speaking trans-disciplinary research group about process thought.

Academic biography

Research topics

  • Gravitational-wave astronomy
    • Feature detection in GW signals emitted by Core-Collapse Supernovae.
    • GW data analysis automation through AI techniques
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence
    • Explainable AI, open the AI "black boxes"
    • AI ethics: How develop responsible AI algorithms?
  • Science and Religion
    • Rethinking traditional Christian understanding of God and Nature, in context of science, technology, and process/relational thought.
  • Open Educational Publishing
    • How to understand and to promote open science?

Contributions to

Virtues / Physical & Biological Sciences (Preview Response)
Discipline(s): Physical & Biological Sciences
Theology: Virtues