Aaron Yi DING,  PhD

Assistant Professor, TU Delft
Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki
Cyber-Physical Intelligence (CPI) Lab

Email: Aaron.Ding (at) tudelft.nl
Address: P.O. Box 5015, ESS, TU Delft
Jaffalaan 5, 2600GA Delft, Netherlands


Aaron Ding is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Services (ESS) at TU Delft and Adjunct Professor (Dosentti) in Computer Science at University of Helsinki. He is leading the Cyber-Physical Intelligence (CPI) Lab at ESS with over 12 years of R&D experience (full-time employment) across EU, UK and USA. Prior to TU Delft, he has worked at TU Munich with Jörg Ott, at Columbia University with Henning Schulzrinne, at University of Cambridge with Jon Crowcroft. He obtained undergrad MSc and PhD with distinctions (5/5) from the Department of Computer Science (Birthplace of Linux) at the University of Helsinki. His PhD is supervised by Prof. Sasu Tarkoma and Prof. Jon Crowcroft at Cambridge. Funded by the Nokia Foundation, part of his PhD programme was completed at University of Cambridge and at Columbia University in New York.

Aaron has been leading and participating in many R&D projects (H2020, Marie Curie ITN, German DAAD, EIT and Tekes Finland) in tight collaboration with industrial companies such as Nokia, Ericsson, Intel, Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile, Telia, Elisa, NEC and F-Secure. His research focuses on edge computing, edge AI, and data-driven IoT services. Being an active member of ACM, IEEE and IETF, Aaron is the founder of ACM EdgeSys and Associate Editor for IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. He has co-chaired IEEE HotPOST and ACM MobiSys PhD Workshop, and served on the Board of IEEE ComSoc YP, on Executive Committee of IEEE Finland, and on IETF NomCom, responsible for nominating and selecting the IETF leadership for global Internet standardization. For the contributions to mobile and edge computing, his work was awarded the Best Paper of ACM EdgeSys, the ACM SIGCOMM Best of CCR and PhD fellowships from the Academy of Finland and University of Helsinki. He was also awarded "Staff Member of the Year" by the Department of Computer Science at University of Helsinki. As the co-founder of FCN, he jointly initiated the series to promote collaborations between top European and Asian research institutes, including Cambridge, Delft, Helsinki, Leuven, London, Munich, Oslo, Stockholm, Vienna, EPFL, MPI, IMDEA, HKUST, Tsinghua, Peking, Fudan, and Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). Aaron is a two-time recipient of the esteemed Nokia Foundation Scholarships.


 Recent Publications

 Publication List  &  Google Scholar Profile 

 Travel Agenda

Research Interests

 "If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research." -- Albert Einstein

  • Edge Computing and Artificial Intelligence (Edge AI) for IoT
  • Data Analytics for Socio-Technical Systems
  • IoT Communication and System Services
  • Protocol Design and Standardization for 6G

Academic Appointments

Awards and Honors

 ** Nokia Foundation Scholarship can be granted at most 2 times to the same person

 Full List of Awards

Advised Students

 Very proud to work with them

 Interested in joining us? Check the openings of CPI Lab.

Delft is Cool

After moving to Delft, my wife and I have discovered a lot of fun here. Comparing to Munich and Helsinki (both we really love), Delft is cozy, discreet, artistic and culture dignifying. It features many bridges, river passages, and a soothing atmosphere, very much like Cambridge. While comparing with New York City, Delft is relatively quiet and peaceful, but of no less energy -- thanks to all the young and entrepreneurial students in this famous university town.

Some of my photo collections:  Life at TU Delft