James S. Welsh received a B.E. degree (Hons. I) in electrical engineering from the University of Newcastle in 1997 and his PhD in 2004, both from the University of Newcastle, Australia. His PhD thesis analysed ill-conditioning problems arising in system identification. He spent more than 15 years working in industry before taking up his current position with the University of Newcastle, where, since 2004 he has been employed as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During the last several years, he has been actively involved in research projects which include, Powertrain Control, Model Predictive Control and System Identification. He is a program leader within the Priority Research Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control at the University of Newcastle. His research interests include auto-tuning, system identification, and process control.