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 currently serves on the Journal Editorial Board for IEEE OJ-ITS and Multimodal Technologies and Interaction. To lead new research agenda in the Edge AI domain, he is hosting the internationally renowned Dagstuhl and Lorentz Workshops to drive the future development of Edge Intelligence. Dr. Ding is also 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, Facebook, IBM, Siemens, Nokia, Ericsson, MIT, Berkeley, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Toronto, Cambridge, Oxford, MPI, EPFL, Tsinghua, Peking and Fudan.

At TU Delft, Dr. Ding serves on the Executive Committee of Power Web Institute, and on the TU Works Council's Research and Education Committee. He has served as the Faculty Master Graduation Coordinator for ICT (10.2018-03.2021).

Research & funding

Dr. Ding is awarded and managing EU funding as Consortium Director (€5M) and Principal Investigator (€1.1M) by leading several international and 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 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, and edge analytic services. Different from the cloud-centric approach, his research 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, energy efficiency, trust, usability, security and resilience.

In his newly awarded H2020 SPATIAL (2021-2024) and Marie Curie ITN (2020-2024) projects, his group is joining force with strong consortium of IBM, Fraunhofer, Telefonica, F-Secure, UvA, EUR, UCD, KTH, TU Wien to develop innovative technologies for sustainable and trustworthy Edge AI. For his contributions to mobile edge computing with 50+ peer reviewed journal and conference publications, Dr. Ding's work has received best paper awards and recognitions from ACM SIGCOMM, ACM EdgeSys, ACM SenSys CCIoT, and 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