Teaching

I have taught a large number of courses on a variety of subjects in Electrical and Computer Engineering. These include digital signal processing, digital image processing, communication theory, coding, control theory, discrete structural design, optimization, operations research, numerical computations, electromagnetic theory, computer programming, electrical machines, and electronics.

Graduate Students Supervised

I have supervised 42 Ph.D. students and around 50 Research Master students. All these graduates are presently employed both in Canada and across the world. Thirteen of them hold faculty jobs in universities.

The Ph.D. theses of 7 of my Ph.D. students were nominated by UBC for best doctoral thesis award.

Rey, Claudio

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 01/86

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Deputy Director Reference Design & Standards at Intel Corporation, USA.

Ting, Roger

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 12/86

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Financial services, private consultant.

Revelant, Ivan

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 04/87

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Nasiopoulos, Panos

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/88

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Professor, Electrical & Computer Eng, Dept., UBC, and Director of ICICS, UBC.

Guan, Ling

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 01/89

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Poon, Steven

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/89

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Senior Systems Engineer, STEMCELL Technologies Inc. Vancouver , Canada

Chi, Lau Meng

M.Eng.

Graduation date: 04/90

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: V. Leung

Current Position: Currently in Hong Kong

Shi, Pingnan

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 04/90

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Director of System Engineering at JDS Uniphase Corporation and Director at Overcome Depression Ministry, Indiana, USA

Burge, Ray

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/90

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Consultant at Brown Electronics, Squamish

Lam, Edward

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/90

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Smayra, Michael

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/92

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Foster, Michael

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 06/1993

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: M. Ito

Current Position: Client Platform at Telecommunication Systems (formerly Networks In Motion).

Xie, Qiaobing

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 09/1993

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: C. Laszlo

Current Position: Distinguished technologist at Adara Networks, Chicago, USA

Shi, Xiaotian

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 10/1993

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Gresseth, Reider

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 11/1993

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Nasiopoulos, Panos

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 04/1994

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Professor at the University of British Columbia and Director of ICICS

Darwish, Mohammad

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/1994

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: Seger

Current Position: CEO of AdvancedIO., Vancouver

Aghdasi, Farzin

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 01/1995

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Director of Innovation at Schneider Electric, California, USAPreviously , Professor at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa

Lau, Albert

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 07/1995

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Nesbitt, Daniel

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/1995

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Principal Architect at MobilQuest Systems Inc.

Black, John

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/1997

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: C. Laszlo

Current Position: Director - Client Service Management at TELUS

Archer, Katerina

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/1997

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: D. Forsey

Current Position: At Gener8 Digital Media, Vancouver

Poon, Steven

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 12/1997

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: At StemCell technologies Inc. Previously with BC Cancer Agency Research

Barzykina, Ekaterina

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 04/1998

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: P. Nasiopoulos

Current Position: Manager, Investment Research at CPP Investment Board, Toronto

Lee, Yuen-Wen

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 04/1998

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: F. Kossentini

Current Position: Technical leader at Cisco Inc., San Francisco, USA

Koo, Irene

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/1998

Principal Supervisor: P. Nasiopoulos

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft

Sameti, Mohammed

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 11/1998

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Senior Project Manager at Motion Metrics, Vancouver, Canada

Lou, Ying

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/1999

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: At AMD Canada, Toronto

Ahmed, Maher

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 08/1999

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada

Shirani, Shahram

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 04/2000

Principal Supervisor: F. Kossentini

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Ismail, Ismail

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 08/2000

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: F. Kossentini

Current Position: Principal Video Codec Engineer Magnum Semiconductor, Waterloo, Canada

Murad-agha, Abdul

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 11/2000

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Sr Principal Engineer at Broadcom, Vancouver. Prviously with UBVideo Inc, Vancouver

Shi, Hongjian

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 09/2001

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Senior Research Scientist at Danaher, USA. Editor of Advances in Mathematics

Mousavi, Parvin

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 09/2001

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Associate Professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Li, Lilijun

M.Eng.

Graduation date: 11/2001

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: At EATON, Guangzhou

Duncan, Tracey

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 02/2002

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Ops Specialist – WIND

Hussein, Faten

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 03/2002

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: N.Kharma

Current Position: At IBM, Egypt

Paquet, Alexandre

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/2002

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Director, Advance Engineering at Bombardier Transportation

Subh, Amer

M.Eng.

Graduation date: 08/2002

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: Adams, Michael

Current Position: Ph.D.

Xiaoli, Li

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 12/2002

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: CEO, Baustem Broadband Technologies, Ltd.Previously, co-founder of Roxus Inc, Vancouver

Arya, Ali

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 04/2004

Principal Supervisor: B. Hamidzadeh

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Associate Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Azimi, Mehran

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 04/2004

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: P. Nasiopoulos

Current Position: Microsoft, Redmond, Washington

Ugur, Kemal

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/2004

Principal Supervisor: P. Nasiopoulos

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Research Leader at Nokia, Findland

Wang, Thomas

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/2004

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Avanaki, Alireza

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 10/2004

Principal Supervisor: B. Hamidzadeh

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Sr. Software Engineer at Barco, Portland, USA. Prviously , Assist prof at Amir Kabir University, Tehran

Fu, Bin

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 10/2004

Principal Supervisor: M. Beddoes

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Guangzhou, China

Khojasteh, Mehrnoush

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 12/2004

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Biomedical Imaging Specialist at Stemcell Technologies, Vancouver, Canada

Farahmand, Fazel

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 01/2005

Principal Supervisor: Z. Moussavi

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Sr Controls Engineer at Capstone Turbine Corporation

Wang, Qing

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 04/2005

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: At Sigma Designs Inc, Toronto

Deng, Hui Qun

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 04/2005

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Dolby, Beijing,China

Su, Weizhong

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/2005

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: TI engineer, UBC, Fac. of Medicine

Abdel-Hadi, Marwa

M.Eng.

Graduation date: 04/2007

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: RA, Qatar University

Gadala, Marwa

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 05/2007

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: J. Wang

Current Position: Lecturer at King Abdulaziz University

Mai, Zicong

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/2007

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Research Engineer at Point Grey Research, Vancouver

Wasniewski, Flavio

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/2007

Principal Supervisor: Ian Cumming

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, Vancouver

Bashashati, Ali

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 09/2007

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: G. Birch

Current Position: Research Fellow at BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada

Fatourechi, Mehrdad

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 01/2008

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: G. Birch

Current Position: Chief Technology Officer at BroadbandTV Corp, Vancouver

Mendoza, Lino Coria

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 04/2008

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: P. Nasiopoulos

Current Position: Research Engineer at BroadbandTV Corp, Vancouver, Canada. Previously , Assoc. Professor ITESO Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Mexico. Also he is founder of Dos Tres Media, Vancouver

Du, Shan

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 11/2008

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Research Scientist at Intellview Technologies, Calgary, Canada

Majumdar, Angshul

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 07/2009

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Indraprastha Institute of Technology, India

Ersahin, Kaan

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 11/2009

Principal Supervisor: I. Cumming

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: At ASL Environmental Sciences, Victoria, BC. Previously with MDA, Vancouver

Tang, Qiang

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 04/2010

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: P. Nasiopoulos

Current Position: Research Engineer at Point Grey Research, Vancouver, Canada

Paurazad, Mahsa

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 06/2010

Principal Supervisor: P. Nasiopoulos

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Research Scientist at TELUS and Systems Consultant at ICICS, UBC, Vancouver, Canada

Saab, Rayan

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 06/2010

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: O. Yilmaz

Current Position: Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego, USA

Souhaib, Majzoub

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 08/2010

Principal Supervisor: R. Saleh

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Assistant Professor at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Sun, Ning

M.A.Sc. (p/t)

Graduation date: 12/2011

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Computer Software Professional

Chiu, Tommy Tzu Chan

M.A.Sc. (p/t)

Graduation date: 04/2012

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Stantec consulting ltd., Vancouver

Atkins, Robin

M. A.Sc. (p/t)

Graduation date: 04/2012

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Dolby California

Gu, Jia

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 04/2012

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Avanade (Accenture and Microsoft)

Faradji, Farhad

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 06/2012

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: G. Birch

Current Position: Assistant professor at KN Toosi University in Iran

Mai, Zicong

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 07/2012

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: P. Nasiopoulos

Current Position: Research Engineer at Point Grey Research, Vancouver, Canada

Majumdar, Angshul

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 08/2012

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Indraprastha Institute of Technology, India

Yong, Xin Yi

Ph.D. (p/t)

Graduation date: 08/2012

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: G. Birch

Current Position: Metafore Software, Vancouver

Naseri, Ghazal

B.M.E

Graduation date: 09/2012

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Biomedical Engineer, MEng. Program

Khojasteh, Mehrnoush

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 12/2012

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: C. MacAulay

Current Position: Biomedical Imaging Specialist at Stemcell Technologies, Vancouver, Canada

Malekesmaeili, Mani

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 07/2013

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Rigid Robotics Inc, Vancouver

Nezhadarya, Ehsan

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 07/2013

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Research Engineer, Magna Inc., Toronto

Vahedi, Ehsan

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 08/2013

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: I. Blake

Current Position: Research Engineer at BroadbandTV, Vancouver, Canada

Guha, Tanaya

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 09/2013

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow at University of California, as of October 2013

Aida Chehrazi

M.Eng.

Graduation date: 09/2013

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Biomedical Engineer, MEng. Program

Fauvel, Simon

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 11/2013

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Now working as a Research Engineer at Nanyang Technological University

Rmeily, Patrick

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/2014

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Pipeline Technical Director, Nitrogen Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Hiba Shahid

M. A. Sc.

Graduation date: 12/2015

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Software Engineer at NetApp, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Karimi, Davood

Ph.D

Graduation date: 07/2016

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Post Doctoral Fellow, UCLA, California, USA

Mahrous, Hesham

M.A.Sc.

Graduation date: 08/2016

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Data Scientist, SAMSUNG Research, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Palangi, Hamid

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 2017-04-01

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position: Microsoft, Deep Learning Research Scientist

Valizadeh, Sima

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 2017-06-01

Principal Supervisor: P. Nasiopoulos

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Bashashati, Hossein

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 2017-04-01

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Sheikhzadeh, Fahimeh

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 2018-04-01

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: Martial Guillaud

Current Position:

Rouf, Nasa

Ph.D.

Graduation date: 2018-06-01

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Hussein, Ramy

Ph.D.

Ongoing

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: Z. Jane Wang

Current Position:

Aejalalai, AbdelMalik

Ph.D.

Ongoing

Principal Supervisor: v. Leung

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Dana Bazazeh

M.Sc.

Ongoing

Principal Supervisor: R. Ward

Co-Supervisor: Z. Jane Wang

Current Position:

JIanzhe Lin

Ph.D.

Ongoing

Principal Supervisor: Z. Jane Wang

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Yongwei Wang

Ph.D.

Ongoing

Principal Supervisor: Z. Jane Wang

Co-Supervisor: R. Ward

Current Position:

Supervision of other highly qualified people

Post Doctoral Fellows:

  • Shi, Pingnan, May 1991 ‑ April 1992
  • Zhang, Qin, September 1990 ‑ June 1992
  • Xie, Qiaobing, September 1993 ‑ August 1995
  • Shi, Xiaotian, March 1995 ‑ May 1997
  • Docef, Alen, September 1997 - June 1999
  • Kharma, Nawwaf, January 1998 - July 1999
  • Ma, Liying, August 2002 ‑ January 2003
  • Wang, Qing, September 2005 - September 2006
  • Ghazel, Mohsen, September 2004 - October 2006
  • Fatourechi, Mehrdad, March 2008 – December 31, 2011
  • Coria, Lino, June 2009 – Dec. 31, 2010
  • Joyce Chiang, October 2012 till December 2014
  • Xin Yi Yong, November 2012 till Feb 2013
  • Xun Chen, June 2014 till March 2015
  • El-Gendi, Mohamed, June 2016 – Present

Research Engineers Employed:

  • Dr. Pingnan, Shi, 1992‑1995
  • Dr. Zhang, Qin, 1992‑1995
  • Dr. Qiling Qin, Visiting Scholar, 1994-1995
  • Dr. Kossentini, Faouzi, July 1995‑December 1995
  • Darwish, Mohammed, August 1995‑August 1996
  • Xu, Mei, May 1996‑February 1997
  • Ng, Andrew, September 1997‑February 1998
  • Du, Julong, November 1992‑December 1998
  • Barzykina, Ekaterina, May 1998‑August 1999
  • Dr. Aghdasi, Farzin, August 2000- February 2001
  • Li, Xiaoli, January 1995‑February 2002
  • Dr. Shadaydeh, Maha, Maha, August 2007- January 2008
  • Xiong, Victor, July 2007- February 2008

I have also supervised and employed a large number of undergraduate Students (around 35) as Research Students in my lab.

External Ph.D. thesis examiner

  • External examiner of Kemal Ugur, Ph.D. dissertation ,Tampere University of Technology, Finland, July 2010
  • External Examine for Mr. Diego Sorrentino, Univ of Victoria, July 2009
  • External examiner of Dr. Jun Cheng. Ph.D. dissertation, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2007.
  • External examiner of Dr. Naga Mudigonda - Ph.D. dissertation, University of Calgary, Nov., 2001.
  • External examiner of Dr. Mahmoud El-Sakka, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Waterloo, April 1997.
  • External examiner of Dr. Jianping Li - Ph.D. dissertation, University of Victoria, Sep. 1996.
  • External examiner of Dr. Peter Jones - Ph.D. dissertation, Queen's University, Feb. 1993.
  • External examiner of Dr. Aziz Qureshi - Ph.D. dissertation, Queen's University, Dec. 1991.
  • External examiner of Dr. Salah G. Foda - Ph.D. dissertation, University of Victoria, July 1988.