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.
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.
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.
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
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.