Prof. Aaron Ding

Prof. Aaron Ding is working with Prof. Jörg Ott at BMW endowed Chair of Connected Mobility since 2016 with over 14 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 in New York.

Prof. Ding's research focuses on edge computing, edge AI, and data-driven IoT services. He is leading the Cyber-Physical Intelligence (CPI) Lab as Tenured Faculty at TU Delft and Associate Professor in Computer Science at University of Helsinki. For 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 is also awarded "Staff Member of the Year" in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. Prof. Ding is a two-time recipient of the esteemed Nokia Foundation Scholarships *.

As a member of ACM, IEEE and IETF, he is the founder of ACM EdgeSys, Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (TIOT), IEEE OJ-ITS and MTI, Board of IEEE ComSoc YP (04.2016-04.2018) and Executive Committee of IEEE Finland (01.2014-12.2015). He has served on the IETF NomCom, responsible for nominating and selecting IETF leadership. He is the co-founder of FCN workshop, striving to strengthen collaborations between top European and Chinese universities, including Cambridge, Munich, Helsinki, Tsinghua, Peking & Fudan.

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



Academic Appointments:

  • Technical University of Munich, Munich, DE 
    • 2016 - present
    • Project Lead, Postdoc, Guest Fellow
  • University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FI 
    • 2007 - present
    • Associate Professor, 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