Dr. A.Y. (Aaron) Ding


Dr. Aaron Ding is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Services at TU Delft. He has over 12 years of R&D experience across EU, UK and USA. Prior to joining TU Delft, he has worked at TU Munich with Jörg Ott in Germany, at Columbia University with Henning Schulzrinne in USA, at University of Cambridge with Jon Crowcroft in UK, and at University of Helsinki in Finland. He obtained his MSc and PhD both with distinction from the Department of Computer Science (Birthplace of Linux) at University of Helsinki. His PhD was supervised by Prof. Sasu Tarkoma and Prof. Jon Crowcroft at University of Cambridge.

Aaron is the founder of ACM EdgeSys and an Associate Editor for IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems (OJ-ITS) responsible for areas of mobile edge computing and 5G for smart vehicles. Being active in ACM, IEEE and IETF, he is on the Organizing Committee for ACM MobiCom and ACM MobiSys of 2020 and is co-chairing IEEE INFOCOM EINSTEIN workshop in Beijing. Besides co-chaired IEEE INFOCOM HotPOST and ACM MobiSys PhD Workshop, he has served on the Board of IEEE ComSoc YP, Executive Committee of IEEE Finland, and on the IETF NomCom (to nominate and select IETF leadership for the Internet standardization). He is also the co-founder of FCG workshop series, a joint initiative to promote active 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). 

At TU Delft, Aaron serves on the Executive Committee of Power Web Institute and also on the University Works Council of Research & Education Committee. Since 2018, he is the ICT Master Graduation Coordinator.


Aaron is currently leading the Cyber-Physical Intelligence Lab (CPI Lab) in the Department of Engineering Systems and Services (ESS) at TU Delft. His research at CPI Lab focuses on serverless edge solutions for cyber-physical systems in smart energy and mobility domains. Through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research across science, engineering and design disciplines, he has been developing system solutions for the emerging large-scale IoT deployment, smart vehicles, and augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) services. Different from cloud-centric approach, his work investigates how to harness and consolidate the power of distributed computing resources that are deployed at the network edge to reinforce cyber-physical systems in terms of performance, security, energy efficiency, and quality of experience for users. For his contributions to mobile and edge computing, he was awarded the Best Paper of ACM EdgeSys, ACM SIGCOMM Best of CCR, and PhD fellowships from the Academy of Finland and University of Helsinki. He is also a two-time recipient of the esteemed Nokia Foundation Scholarships and awarded the "Staff Member of the Year" by the Department of Computer Science at University of Helsinki.

For new publications and project updates, please check his homepage at TU Delft.

Aaron Yi Ding

Assistant Professor

Engineering Systems and Services

Information and Communication Technology

Jo-Ann Karna

Research interests:
Edge Computing
IoT Architecture