Aaron Ding, PhD

Assistant Professor, TU Delft
Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki
Cyber-Physical Intelligence

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


Dr. Aaron Ding is leading the Cyber-Physical Intelligence (CPI) Lab in the Department of Engineering Systems and Services at TU Delft. He is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at TU Delft and Adjunct Professor (permanent) in Computer Science at University of Helsinki 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 all 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. As funded by the Nokia Foundation, vital part of his PhD programme was completed at University of Cambridge and at Columbia University in New York.

Aaron has been leading several international/national R&D projects (H2020, Marie Curie ITN, German DAAD, EIT Digital, Tekes Finland) in tight collaboration with industrial companies such as Nokia, Ericsson, Intel, Deutsche Telekom, Broadcom, 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, Editorial Board for IEEE OJ-ITS and MTI. For the contributions to mobile edge computing, his work has received best paper awards and recognitions from ACM SIGCOMM, ACM EdgeSys, ACM SenSys CCIoT, and IEEE INFOCOM. He was also awarded "Staff Member of the Year" in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. As a co-founder of FCN, he initiated the series to promote collaborations between top European and Asian research institutes, including Cambridge, Delft, Helsinki, London, Munich, Berlin, MPI, EPFL, Tsinghua, Peking, Fudan, HKUST, and CAS. Aaron is a two-time recipient of the esteemed Nokia Foundation Scholarships.


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Research Interests

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

  • Edge Computing and Analytics (Edge AI) for IoT
  • Approximate Edge Intelligence
  • IoT Security and Networking Services
  • Protocol Design and Standardization for 6G

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Awards and Honors

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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