Dr. A.Y. (Aaron) Ding


Dr. Aaron Ding is leading the Cyber-Physical Intelligence (CPI) Lab in the Department of Engineering Systems and Services at TU Delft. He is currently Asst Professor at TU Delft with BKO, and Adjunct Professor (permanent) in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki with over 12 years of R&D (full-time employment) across EU, UK and USA. Prior to TU Delft, he has worked at TU Munich with Joerg Ott, at Columbia University with Henning Schulzrinne, at University of Cambridge with Jon Crowcroft. He obtained undergrad MSc and PhD all with distinctions 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 is completed at University of Cambridge and at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Ding is the founder of ACM EdgeSys: the successful EdgeSys series are gathering substantial community contributions in terms of keynotes, panels, TPC and technical papers from North America, Europe, and Asia, including Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft Research, Facebook, IBM, Siemens, MIT, Berkeley, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Toronto, Cambridge, Oxford, MPI, Tsinghua, Peking and Fudan. He is on the Journal Editorial Board for IEEE OJ-ITS and Multimodal Technologies and Interaction. To drive new research agenda in the Edge AI domain, he is hosting the internationally renowned Dagstuhl and Lorentz Workshops in 2021 to lead the future development of Edge Intelligence.

At TU Delft, Dr. Ding serves on the Executive Committee of Power Web Institute, and on the University Works Council's Research & Education Committee. Since 2018, he is the Faculty Master Graduation Coordinator for ICT.


Dr. Ding has been leading several international/national projects including H2020, EIT, German DAAD and Tekes Finland in tight collaboration with industrial companies such as Nokia, Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Telia, NEC and F-Secure since 2007. His research at CPI Lab focuses on Edge AI solutions for cyber-physical systems in smart health, mobility and energy domains. Through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research across science, engineering and design disciplines, he has been developing system solutions for the emerging large-scale AIoT deployment, smart vehicles, augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) and analytic services. Different from the cloud-centric approach, his work investigates how to harness and consolidate the power of the distributed computing resources that are deployed at the network edge to reinforce cyber-physical systems in terms of performance, trust, energy efficiency, security, resilience, and quality of experience for users.

As the Principal Investigator of TU Delft for the prestigious Horizon Marie Curie ITN project (4M budget 2020-2024), his group is joining force with strong consortium of IBM, UvA, KTH, TU Wien, Politec Milano to develop innovative technologies for optimizing energy efficiency in AI algorithm processing. Besides ITN, he is awarded personal/seeding grants of 225k EUR till 2020. For his contributions to mobile and edge computing with 50+ peer reviewed journal and conference publications, his work has won the Best Paper Award of ACM EdgeSys, ACM SIGCOMM Best of CCR, and Best Presentation Award of IEEE INFOCOM. He is a two-time recipient of the esteemed Nokia Foundation Scholarships.

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Aaron Yi Ding

Assistant Professor

Engineering Systems and Services

Information and Communication Technology

Laura Bruns

Research interests:
Edge Computing 
Edge AI
IoT Security & Services
Data Analytics