Personal profile

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 2017

2 Citations

FIB-SEM and X-ray CT characterization of interconnected pores in high-rank coal formed from regional metamorphism

Liu, S., Sang, S., Wang, G., Ma, J., Wang, X., Wang, W., Du, Y. & Wang, T. Jan 2017 In : Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 148, p. 21–31 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

coal rank

Initiation of Stimulation Treatments Depends on Wellbore Mechanical Responses During Drilling

Alruwaili, K., Couples, G. D. & Ma, J. Jun 2017 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

1 Citations

Locally informed Gravitational Search Algorithm

Sun, G., Zhang, A., Wang, Z., Yao, Y., Ma, J. & Couples, G. D. 15 Jul 2016 In : Knowledge-Based Systems. 104, p. 134–144 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Pore-Scale Characterization of Gas Flow Properties in Shale by Digital Core Analysis

Ma, J. 2016 Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources Handbook : Evaluation and Development. Ma, Y. Z. & Holditch, S. A. (eds.). Elsevier, p. 127-150 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

core analysis
pore space
gas flow

3D simulation of fluid-pressure-induced fracture nucleation and growth in rock samples

Lisjak, A., Mahabadi, O. K., Tatone, B. S. A., Alruwaili, K., Couples, G. D., Ma, J. & Al-Nakhli, A. 2015 49th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2015. American Rock Mechanics Association, Vol. 2, p. 1168-1175 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

fluid pressure
numerical method

Activities 2012 2013

  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 2 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

12th National Conference on Fluid Flow in Porous Media

Ma, J. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
8 Aug 201310 Aug 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Internation Petroleum Technology Conference

Ma, J. (Speaker)
26 Mar 201329 Mar 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Marine and Petroleum Geology (Journal)

Ma, J. (Peer reviewer)
5 Dec 2012

Activity: Publication peer-review

International Workshop on Digital Core Analysis Technology

Ma, J. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
7 Jun 20129 Jun 2012

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Journal of Geophysics and Engineering (Journal)

Ma, J. (Peer reviewer)
14 Dec 2012

Activity: Publication peer-review