Prof. Aaron Ding

Prof. Aaron Ding is working with Prof. Jörg Ott at BMW endowed Chair of Connected Mobility in TU Munich since 2016 with over 12 years of R&D across EU, UK and USA. He obtained his undergrad MSc and PhD all with distinctions from the University of Helsinki. His PhD was 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.

Aaron's research focuses on edge computing, edge AI, and data-driven IoT services. He is currently leading the Cyber-Physical Intelligence (CPI) Lab at TU Delft as tenure-track Assistant Professor, and Adjunct Professor (Dosentti) in Computer Science at University of Helsinki. He is awarded the ACM SIGCOMM "Best of CCR 2014" and three-year PhD fellowships (2012-2014) from the Academy of Finland and University of Helsinki. He is also a two-time recipient of the esteemed Nokia Foundation Scholarships * in 2012 and 2013.

As a member of ACM, IEEE and IETF, Aaron is the founder of ACM EdgeSys, co-chaired MobiSys PhD Workshop, served on the Board of IEEE ComSoc YP (04.2016-04.2018) and Executive Committee of IEEE Finland (01.2014-12.2015). He has been serving on IETF NomCom, responsible for nominating and selecting IETF leadership. He is also the co-founder of FCN workshop, striving to strengthen collaborations between top European and Chinese universities, including Cambridge, Munich, Helsinki, Tsinghua, and Peking University.

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



Academic Appointments:

  • Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, DE 
    • 2016 - present
    • Project Lead, Postdoc, Guest Fellow
  • University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FI 
    • 2007 - present
    • Adjunct Professor, Postdoc, Project Manager, Researcher
  • Columbia University, New York, USA
  • University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK


 "The Principle of Science" -- Richard Feynman


Point Guard (PG) since age 10. PG role model John Stockton

German language level B1 - Certificate 2017

"Juggling" in my academic family @ Cambridge

Promotion and conferment moment -  full video 

Photos, Links@Dagstuhl, @FCG, @MobiSys, @SIGCOMMwith friends, with Linus Torvalds


  • Email: aaron.ding [at]


 "Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever" -- Mahatma Gandhi

 "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts" -- Winston Churchill