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 2018

A general method for simulating reactive dissolution in carbonate rocks with arbitrary geometry

Liu, P., Couples, G. D., Yao, J., Huang, Z., Song, W. & Ma, J. 26 Apr 2018 In : Computational Geosciences. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

carbonate rock
Ordinary differential equations

A Pore-Skeleton-based Method for Calculating Permeability and Capillary Pressure

Li, X., Ma, J. & Wang, X. 2 Jun 2018 In : Transport in Porous Media.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A pore structure based real gas transport model to determine gas permeability in nanoporous shale

Song, W., Yao, J., Ma, J., Li, Y. & Han, W. 11 May 2018 In : International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 126, Part A, p. 151-160

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Extending a Gray Lattice Boltzmann Model for Simulating Fluid Flow in Multi-Scale Porous Media

Zhu, J. & Ma, J. 11 Apr 2018 In : Scientific Reports. 8, p. 1-19 19 p., 5826

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
fluid flow

Grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations of pore structure influence on methane adsorption in micro-porous carbons with applications to coal and shale systems

Song, W., Yao, J., Ma, J., Li, A., Li, Y., Sun, H. & Zhang, L. 1 Mar 2018 In : Fuel. 215, p. 196-203 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Activities 2012 2017

Pore-scale modelling of gas flow in porous media

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

Activity: Oral presentation

 9th International Conference on Porous Media & Annual Meeting

Ma, J. (Organiser)
8 May 201711 May 2017

Activity: Participation 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), Ma, J. (Contributor)
9 May 2017

Activity: Invited talk

Internation Petroleum Technology Conference

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

Activity: Participation in conference

12th National Conference on Fluid Flow in Porous Media

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

Activity: Participation in conference