Rabab Kreidieh Ward

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Engineer, Professor, Scientist, Researcher, Consultant

Contact information (work)

University of British Columbia
Fred Kaiser Bldg., 5500 - 2332 Main Mall
Postal code: 
V6T 1Z4
British Columbia
00 1 604 822 9428
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Doctorate degree, Electrical Engineering, 1972, University of California (Berkeley), United States of America.
Master's degree, Electrical Engineering, 1969, University of California (Berekely), United States of America.
Bachelor degree, Electrical Engineering, 1966, University of Cairo, Egypt.

Areas of Expertise

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Signal Processing
Medical Imaging
Multimedia Research

Work history

Professor, 1979 - present, University of British Columbia.

Science and Engineering Research Coordinator, 2008 - present, Office of the Vice-President Research and International, University of British Columbia.

Director of the Institute for Computing, 1996 - 2007, Information & Cognitive Systems, University of British Columbia.

Senior Lecturer, 1975 - 1979, University of Zimbabwe.

Honorary office and memberships

General Chair of the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (IEEE ICASSP), 2013.

General Chair of the International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (IEEE MMSP), 2012.

Member of the University of British Columbia (UBC) three-people delegation that visited Saudi Arabia to strengthen research and collaboration between Saudi Universities and UBC, April/May, 2010 & 2011.

Member of a 15 scientists committee to advise Qatar Foundation headed by Her Heighness Sheika Mozah on how to establish and promote scientific research in Qatar, 2006-2008.

General Chair of IEEE Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology (IEEE ISSPIT), 2006.

Member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Jan 2006 - 2008.

Associate Editor of the Journal of Electronic Imaging, 2001 - 2006.

Vice - Chair of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (IEEE ISCAS), 2004.

Vice - President of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society, 2003 - 2005.

Member of the University of British Columbia Committee to plan the Kuwait Institute for Business and Technology, 2001- 2004.

General Chair of IEEE Conference on Image Processing (IEEE ICIP), 2000.

Chief Scientist of Ward Laboratories Inc., 1993 - 2006.

Co- founder of the Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology, 1981 - present.


Publications highlights: 

Majumdar, A., & Ward, R. K. (2010, October). Robust classifiers for data reduced via random projections. IEEE Trans. Systems, Man and Cybernetics (Part:B), 40(5), 1359 – 1371.

Du, S., & Ward, R.K. (2010, September). Adaptive region-based image enhancement method for robust face recognition under variable illumination conditions. IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, 20(9), 1165 - 1175.

Majumdar, A., & Ward, R. K. (2010, December). Compressed sensing of color images. Signal Processing, 90(12), 3122 - 3127.

Majumdar, A., & Ward, R. K. (2010, October). Improved group sparse classifier. Pattern Recognition Letters, 31(13), 1959-1964.

Majzoub, S., Saleh, R., Wilton, S. J.E., & Ward, R. K. (2010, May). Energy optimization for many-core platforms: Communication and PVT aware voltage-island formation and voltage selection algorithm. IEEE Trans. Compter Aided Design, 29(5), 816-829.

Pourazad, M. T., Nasiopoulos, P., & Ward, R. K. (2010). Generating the depth map from the motion information of H.264-encoded 2D video sequence. EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing, 2010, 1 - 13. doi:10.1155/2010/108584.

Ersahin, K., Cumming, I. G., & Ward., R. K. (2010, January). Segmentation and classification of polarimetric SAR data using spectral graph partitioning. IEEE Trans. Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 48(1), 164 - 174.

Majumdar, A., & Ward, R. K. (2010). Compressive classification for face recognition. In
M. Oravec (Ed.), Face recognition, state of the art in cognitive and computational processes, (pp. 47-64). Croatia: Intech Publishers.

Sameti, M., Ward, R. K., Morgan-Parkes, J., & Palcic, B. (2009, February). Image feature extraction in the last screening mammograms prior to detection of breast cancer. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, 3(1), 46 - 52.

Faradji, F., Ward, R.K., & Birch, G. E. (2009, June). Plausibility assessment of a 2-state self-paced mental task-based BCI using the no-control performance analysis. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 180 (2), 330 - 339.

Majumdar, A., & Ward, R. K. (2009). Multiresolution methods in face recognition”. In M. S. Bartlett, K. Delac & M. Grgic, Face recognition, state of the art in cognitive and computational processes (Eds.) (pp. 79-96). Vienna: I-Tech Education and Publishing.

Major achievements: 
  • Publishing around 400 referred journal and conference papers and chapters in books related to signal processing and its applications to cable TV, HDTV, image coding, stellar images, medical images, brain computer interfaces and biomedical applications including early detection of cancer from mammographic images and finding the level of a baby's distress from his/her cry signals, that have won nine best paper awards, 1978 - present.
  • Holder of 6 active patents related to cable television:
    - Du, J., Li, X., Shi, P., and Ward, R.K., "Noise Reduction for Video Signals," U.S. Patent registration number 6,061,100, issued May 9, 2000.
    - Ward, R.K., "System for Non-Intrusive Measurements of Noise Impairments in Cable TV," U.S. Patent registration number 5,661,529, issued February 27, 1997.
    - Ward, R.K., Shi, P. and Xie, Q., "System for Reducing Beat Type Impairment in a TV Signal," U.S. Patent registration number 5,585,859, issued Dec.17, 1996.
    - Zhang, Q. and Ward, R.K., "Automatic Signal-to-Noise Ration Assessment of TV Pictures," U.S. Patent registration number 5,329,311, issued July 12, 1994.
    - Shi, P. and Ward, R.K., "Cancelling Composite Triple Beats in Cable TV Pictures," U.S. Patent registration number 5,323,239, issued June 21, 1994.
    - Zhang, Q. and Ward, R.K., "Cable Television Signal Quality Monitoring System," U.S. Patent registration number 5,221,967, issued June 22, 1993., PCT #92908960, Japan #HEI 4-508,411, Canada #2,102,404, held in 1993.
  • Advising 41 M.A.Sc. and 37 Ph.D. students: 12 of the Ph.D. students have been appointed as professors, 7 had their Ph.D. dissertations nominated for prizes and some have started new companies in Canada and China.
  • First woman professor to be appointed to the Engineering Faculty at University of British Columbia, 1979.
  • First woman professor to be appointed to the Engineering Faculty in Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, 1975.
  • First woman to become a member of the Lebanese Professional Engineering Society.
  • Consultant for the following organizations:
    - AdvancedIO Systems Inc., since 2007
    - WebTech Wireless,telematics, 1999-2005
    - R.F.I.D., Passport photograph compression, November 1996-1999.
    - Hewlett-Packard (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Non-intrusive measurements of cable TV parameters.
    - Vision Systems Inc. Building a computer vision system for grading lumber, 1989.
    - The Whitsun Foundation of Rhodesia, building a computer model for Agrarian Reform, 1978.
Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Invited Speaker, Graduate School Information Night for Undergraduate Students in Engineering and Science , April 2010, Undergraduate Engineering Student Association.
  • Invited keynote speaker, Inspirational Speaker Night, Women in Engineering Society in collaboration with Society of Women in Science and Technology, April 26, 2009.
  • Invited guest speaker of the California Lebanese Ladies Society’s Gala, Los Angeles, May 2004.
  • Guest speaker at the Research Mentoring Dinner, organized by the UBC VP Research office and St. John’s College, entitled “Research Topics, Students, Publishing and Multi-disciplinarity”, November 20, 2002.
  • Gave a lecture entitled “In Praise of Engineering” at a Public Science Forum organized by the Canadian Academy for the Advancement of Science at Mulgrave High School, West Vancouver, November 18, 2002.

Awards and Distinctions

Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) Woman of Distinction Award, 2008.

“ Society Award “ of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society, 2008.

R.A. McLachlan Award of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British
Columbia, 2007.

Co-recipient of the prestigious “Excellence in Neural Engineering Best Paper Award” from the IEEE-EMBS Neural Engineering Conference and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research Global and IEEE-EMBS, 2005.

Co-Recipient of 12 Best paper Awards.

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, since 2001.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, since 1999.

Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), since 1998

Recipient of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Killam Research Prize, 1998.

Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, since 1997.