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Dr James Welsh

Senior Lecturer

School of Electrical Engineering and Computing (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Welsh completed a PhD in the area of system identification in 2004. Specifically, his PhD thesis studied ill-conditioning that arises in numerous aspects of system identification. He also proposed several novel techniques and methods to avoid the problems that are associated with this ill-conditioning. Dr Welsh has over ten years of experience as an engineer working in industry. This work focused on control engineering. Frequently in this work, he used system identification methods to obtain appropriate models. This dual background gives Dr Welsh an important perspective of systems research. In particular, his goal is to emphasize strong theoretical contributions which have genuine practical relevance.

Research Expertise
I have a strong interest in both fundamental and applied research in the areas of control system design and system identification. More recently, I have become involved with research on experiment design for dynamic systems.

Teaching Expertise
My teaching experience covers the areas of control systems, system identification, electronics and electrical circuit theory.





Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Experiment Design
  • System Identification

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation 90
010499 Statistics not elsewhere classified 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
United States

Awards

Honours

Year Award
1997 Spruson & Ferguson Prize in Electrical / Computer Engineering
University of Newcastle
1997 Dean's Medal
Unknown

Recognition

Year Award
1997 The National Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Automation, Control and Instrumentation
Unknown

Research Award

Year Award
2003 2003 CDC Best Student Paper Award.
Unknown
2003 Best Research Paper Published by a Research Postgraduate Student in a Peer Reviewed Int. Journal
Unknown
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 27
Total funding $8,399,983

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20172 grants / $437,585

The HAMI Study: Exploring Hamstring and Adductor Myotendinous Injury Risk Factors in Basketball$387,585

Funding body: NBA and GE Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration

Funding body NBA and GE Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration
Project Team Doctor Suzi Edwards, Dr Tania Pizarri, Doctor James Welsh, Associate Professor Suzanne Snodgrass, Mr Michael Drew, Dr Ebonie Rio, Associate Professor Nicholas O'Dwyer, Doctor Adrian Schultz, Mr Luke Donnan
Scheme Myotendinous Injuries Call for Proposals
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1601104
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

Intelligent Intramedullary Implant for Limb Lengthening$50,000

Funding body: ATSE (Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering)

Funding body ATSE (Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering)
Project Team Doctor James Welsh, Mr Jian Ping Chai
Scheme Global Connections Fund: Bridging Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701299
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20161 grants / $7,000

Remote powering, communication and control of a intramedullary medical implant$7,000

Funding body: ATSE (Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering)

Funding body ATSE (Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering)
Project Team Doctor James Welsh, Joseph Chai
Scheme Priming Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600987
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20151 grants / $241,064

Portable motor rehab device to improve arm movement after stroke$241,064

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Doctor James Welsh, Professor Michael Nilsson, MELISSA Knight, Professor Irene Hudson, Mr Jeffrey Julian, Mr Luke Simmons
Scheme Development Grants
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400746
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20141 grants / $1,500

Conference on Decision and Control (CDC2014), Los Anglese, USA, 14-17 December 2014$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor James Welsh
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401352
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20132 grants / $11,250

2013 International Visitor - Wahlberg$9,750

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Welsh, Professor Bo Wahlberg
Scheme DVCR International Visitor Support
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301113
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

American Control Conference, Washington USA, 17-19 June 2013$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor James Welsh
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300653
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20125 grants / $616,912

Facility for Characterization of Engineered Microelectromechanical Systems$300,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Reza Moheimani, Professor Erich Kisi, Scientia Professor Ian Petersen, Professor Gursel Alici, Dr Elanor Huntington, Dr Sam Behrens, Associate Professor Charles Harb, Dr Hermanshu Pota, Associate Professor Weihua Li, Doctor James Welsh, Doctor Terrence Summers
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100803
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Facility for Characterization of Engineered Microelectromechanical Systems$200,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Reza Moheimani, Professor Erich Kisi, Doctor James Welsh, Doctor Terrence Summers
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100690
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Facility for Characterization of Engineered Microelectromechanical Systems$53,621

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team Professor Reza Moheimani, Professor Erich Kisi, Scientia Professor Ian Petersen, Professor Gursel Alici, Dr Elanor Huntington, Dr Sam Behrens, Associate Professor Charles Harb, Dr Hermanshu Pota, Associate Professor Weihua Li, Doctor James Welsh, Doctor Terrence Summers
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200708
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Facility for Characterization of Engineered Microelectromechanical Systems$53,291

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Reza Moheimani, Professor Erich Kisi, Scientia Professor Ian Petersen, Professor Gursel Alici, Dr Elanor Huntington, Dr Sam Behrens, Associate Professor Charles Harb, Dr Hermanshu Pota, Associate Professor Weihua Li, Doctor James Welsh, Doctor Terrence Summers
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200709
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Development of a prototype to measure arm coordination$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Doctor James Welsh, Professor Irene Hudson
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200699
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $25,000

A Computationally Efficient Approach to Robust Experiment Design$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Welsh
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1001039
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $220,000

Robust Dynamical System Identification$220,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor James Welsh, Doctor Juan Carlos Aguero
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G0190092
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20092 grants / $280,000

Novel time-frequency techniques for analysing and modeling nonstationary physical and engineering data$260,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor James Welsh, Professor Peter Schreier
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G0188748
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Fault Detection in Electricity Networks$20,000

Funding body: Ausgrid

Funding body Ausgrid
Project Team Doctor Steve Mitchell, Doctor James Welsh, Associate Professor Jose De Dona
Scheme Sponsorship Agreement
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0900082
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20085 grants / $5,993,084

Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control$5,400,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Laureate Professor Graham Goodwin, Professor Minyue Fu, Professor Reza Moheimani, Doctor Julio Braslavsky, Dr GREG Adams, Associate Professor Jose De Dona, Doctor Maria Seron, Doctor James Welsh, Doctor Andrew Fleming, Associate Professor Tristan Perez, Doctor Damian Marelli, Associate Professor Brailey Sims, Conjoint Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Professor A Pettitt, Dr R Reeves, Professor Ian Turner, Dr Salvatore Crisafulli, Dr M Downey, Mr J Lee, Mr P Stone, Conjoint Professor John Rayner
Scheme ARC Centres of Excellence
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0188623
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control$323,084

Funding body: NSW Department of State and Regional Development

Funding body NSW Department of State and Regional Development
Project Team Emeritus Laureate Professor Graham Goodwin, Professor Minyue Fu, Professor Reza Moheimani, Doctor Julio Braslavsky, Dr GREG Adams, Associate Professor Jose De Dona, Doctor Maria Seron, Doctor James Welsh, Doctor Andrew Fleming, Doctor Damian Marelli, Associate Professor Brailey Sims, Conjoint Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Professor A Pettitt, Dr R Reeves, Professor Ian Turner, Dr Salvatore Crisafulli, Dr M Downey, Mr J Lee, Mr P Stone
Scheme ARC Centres of Excellence Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0189187
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

CDSC Sub-Account: Distributed Sensing and Control$215,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Laureate Professor Graham Goodwin, Doctor James Welsh
Scheme ARC Centres of Excellence
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2010
GNo GS090007
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Robust Autonomy$45,000

Funding body: Boeing Defence Australia Ltd

Funding body Boeing Defence Australia Ltd
Project Team Doctor James Welsh, Associate Professor Tristan Perez
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189787
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Application of System Identification to Parameter Estimation in the Power Industry$10,000

Funding body: Connell Wagner Pty Ltd

Funding body Connell Wagner Pty Ltd
Project Team Doctor James Welsh
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189292
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20073 grants / $411,700

Robust Experiment Design for Dynamical System Identification$400,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor James Welsh, Emeritus Laureate Professor Graham Goodwin
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0186348
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Parameter estimation of synchronous machines - a review of results and methods of generator parameter estimation for Bayswater - Project No 24496-001$10,000

Funding body: Connell Wagner Pty Ltd

Funding body Connell Wagner Pty Ltd
Project Team Doctor James Welsh
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188041
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

European Control Conference 2007, Kos Greece, 2/7/2007 - 5/7/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Welsh
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187735
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20062 grants / $141,888

New System Identification Techniques Utilising Misspecified Models$140,388

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor James Welsh
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0185314
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

2006 American Control Conference 14-16 June 2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Welsh
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186472
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $13,000

Large Dynamic Range System Identification: Inconsistencies Between Time and Frequency Domain Estimation$13,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Welsh
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184905
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed9
Current8

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.25
PhD3.8

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Robust Dynamical System Identification PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Locomotion Control of Humanoid Robots in Natural Gaits PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD System theory approach to stroke rehabilitation PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Nonlinear System Identification PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Refinement of Time-Frequency Analysis of EMG Signals for use in an Active Rehabilitation System PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Development of a Brain Controlled Walking Assistant PhD (Computer Science), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Multi-Objective Optimisation of an Integrated Sugar Mill for Economic Enhancement PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2011 Masters Condition Monitoring of Power Transformers M Philosophy(Elec Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Enhanced Methods for System Identification employing Instrumental Variables, Regularization and Useful Redundancy PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD MEMS-Based Nanopositioning for On-Chip High-Speed Scanning Probe Microscopy PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Multiple Hypothesis Methods for Robot Self Localisation PhD (Computer Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Control and Estimation Techniques for High-Bandwidth Dynamic Mode Atomic Force Microscopy PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD A Probabilistic Framework for the Assessment of Robust Autonomy in Unmanned Aircraft Systems PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Online Constrained Receding Horizon Control for Astronomical Adaptive Optics PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Improved Humanoid Robot Movement through Impact Perception and Walk Optimisation PhD (Computer Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Power Transformer Modelling to Support the Interpretation of Frequency Response Analysis PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2008 PhD Robust Experiment Design PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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News

Global collaborations receive funding

August 23, 2017

Two UON researchers will have their work funded thanks to the Global Connections Fund, which provides initial funding support to promote Australian researchers and Small to Medium Enterprises collaboration.

Dr James Welsh

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Details

Email james.welsh@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6087
Fax (02) 4921 6993

Office

Room EAG31
Building Engineering A Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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