Jan-Dirk's research domain is the use of systems and control theory for influencing and optimizing subsurface flow and mechanics. For many years he focused on oil and gas production but more recently he has become increasingly interested in geothermal energy applications and production- or injection-induced seismicity.
Numerical reservoir simulation, recovery optimization, production optimization, history matching, data assimilation, model-order reduction, induced seismicity
Control and optimization of sub-surface flow (Keynote speech at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 25 February - 1 March 2013)
Model-based optimization of oil and gas production (Tutorial presented at the Long Program on Computational Issues in Oil Field Applications, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), University of California Los Angles (UCLA), 20 March - 9 June 2017)
Smart wells and smart fields (Website)