WIE(VR) - Women in Engineering (Vancouver Region)

“Networking across workplaces, engineering fields and universities.”

Inspirational Speaker Night

- an event for engineering women of all levels in the profession: students, professionals, looking for work and foreign trained engineers!

Come listen to Dr. Ward, successful engineer, professor and mother, give a presentation on Life, Career and Family: Challenges and Opportunities.
Dr. Ward has received numerous very prestigious awards but in addition to those she has also received this recognition from the YWCA, the 2008 Woman of Distinction award.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Networking after the talk.

Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Time: 6:30-9:30pm, Doors open at 6:30pm, talk begins at 7pm

Place: Scotia Bank Tower Boardroom 34th floor, Downtown Vancouver (650 West Georgia Street)

Cost: $8

Online registration: here

Note: Registration is REQUIRED in order to attend since security needs advance notice for access to the room.

Dr. Rabab K Ward Bio

Dr. Rabab K. Ward is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. She is presently appointed in the Office of the Vice-President Research Office as the natural sciences and engineering research coordinator for UBC. She ensures that initiatives are developed to support research and scholarship in engineering and the natural sciences and that the relevant information is disseminated. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Canadian Academy of Engineers and the Engineering Institute of Canada. She has received British Columbia's top engineering award "the RA McLachlan Memorial Award", the IEEE Signal Processing Society top award "the Society Award" and a Killam Research Prize.

Dr Ward's research interests are mainly in the areas of signal, image and video processing. She has made contributions in the areas of signal detection, image encoding, compression, recognition, restoration and enhancement, and their applications to cable TV, HDTV, medical images, infant cry signals and brain computer interfaces . She has published over 100 journal and 200 conference papers and holds six patents related to cable television picture monitoring, measurement and noise reduction. Applications of her work have been transferred to U.S. and Canadian industries. She is the inventor of the non-intrusive measurement methods for cable TV video impairments (licensed to Hewlett-Packard) and co-inventor of a non-interfering video system for measuring size and biomass of fish in cages and Tanks (licensed to J.B Thompson and Associates).

She was Vice President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and presently serving on this Society's Board of Governors. She was the General Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing 2000, the Vice Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits & Systems 2004, chair of the IEEE Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology and is the co-chair of I CASSP 2013.

She was the Principal Investigator of the $22.2 million CFI/BCKDF award which resulted in a new building at UBC that houses the most modern equipment in all areas related to human centered Technologies.

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WIE(VR). Last updated March 3rd, 2009.