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Research interests

  • Modelling of shallow compaction of fine-grained sediments in the deep-water basins.
  • Flow modelling and upscaling in presence of multi-scale heterogeneous sedimentary structures and mechanic deformational features (e.g. faults, fractures, sand injection) for reservoirs and seal characterisation.
  • Developing numerical methods for better simulation of coupled behaviours of fluid flow and mechanical deformation of geo-materials, for applications of well stimulation shale gas.
  • Multi-scale pore-space characterisation of porous materials.
  • Pore-scale lattice Boltzmann and pore network modelling of liquid and gas fluid flow in micro to nano pores for hydrocarbon recovery, including heavy oil and shale gas.
  • Applications of computational intelligence in geosciences, e.g. machine learning for well-log analysis.  

Jingsheng Ma’s research focuses on developing mathematical models and computational techniques for better addressing scientific and engineering problems concerning the petroleum industry and others. He has been involved in and has led several projects. His recent projects include:

  • Pore-Scale Study of Gas Flows in Ultra-tight Porous Media; EPSRC; 2015-2019; PI, with Prof Zhang at Strathclyde Univ.
  • Digital Core Analysis (DCA) for Challenging Oil/Gas Reservoir Rocks; Industry; 2014-2017; PI
  • Heavy Oil Recovery Techniques; Industry; 2013-2014; PI
  • Classification of Digital Rocks by Machine Learning to Discover Micro-to-Macro Relationships and Quantify Their Uncertainty, NERC, 2010 – 2011; PI


Jingsheng Ma received his BSc degree from Lanzhou University, China, in computational mathematics, MSc degree in computing from Beijing Institute of Computer and Simulation Technology in China, and PhD in Geographical Information System from Sheffield University, UK. He joined the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, UK, in 1997.

Roles & Responsibilities

Associate Professor in Multi-Physics Modelling in Porous Media

Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator

Member of the Senate

Member of the Senate Information Services Committee

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Research Output 1998 2019

Automatic migration velocity estimation for prestack time migration

Dong, C., Wang, S., Zhang, J., Ma, J. & Zhang, H., May 2019, In : Geophysics. 84, 3, p. U1-U11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Curve fitting
least squares method

Effects of supercritical CO2 on micropores in bituminous and anthracite coal

Liu, S., Sang, S., Ma, J., Wang, T., Du, Y. & Fang, H., 15 Apr 2019, In : Fuel. 242, p. 96-108 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

aliphatic hydrocarbon
coal rank

Pore-scale simulation of shale oil flow based on pore network model

Yang, Y., Wang, K., Zhang, L., Sun, H., Zhang, K. & Ma, J., 18 Apr 2019, In : Fuel. 251, p. 683-692 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Shale oil
Biological materials
Flow patterns
Pore size

Pore-scale simulations of rarefied gas flows in ultra-tight porous media

Ho, M. T., Zhu, L., Wu, L., Wang, P., Guo, Z., Ma, J. & Zhang, Y., 28 Mar 2019, In : Fuel. 249, p. 341-351 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

gas flow
porous medium
pore space

Three-dimensional digitalization modeling characterization of pores in high-rank coal in the southern Qinshui basin

Liu, S., Sang, S., Ma, J., Wang, X., Du, Y. & Wang, T., Feb 2019, In : Geosciences Journal. 23, 1, p. 175–188 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

three-dimensional modeling
coal rank

Activities 2012 2018

Fluid Flow Modelling in Multiscale Porous Media – Needs, Challenges and Solutions

Jingsheng Ma (Speaker)
7 Nov 20189 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Digital Rock Physics for Petro-physical Analysis of Reservoir Rocks: Challenges and Opportunities

Jingsheng Ma (Speaker)
8 Jul 201811 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

 9th International Conference on Porous Media & Annual Meeting

Jingsheng Ma (Organiser)
8 May 201711 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Pore-fracture network of high-rank coal based on the three-dimensional digitalization modeling

shiqi liu (Speaker), Shuxun Sang (Contributor), Xin Wang (Contributor), Jingsheng Ma (Contributor)
9 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Pore-scale modelling of gas flow in porous media

Minh-Tuan Ho (Speaker), Lei Wu (Contributor), Yonghao Zhang (Contributor), Jingsheng Ma (Contributor)
9 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation