Dr. Aaron Yi DING

Aaron was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the BMW endowed Chair of Connected Mobility in TU Munich, working with Prof. Jörg Ott since 2016. He has over 11 years of R&D work experience in EU, UK and USA. He obtained his MSc and PhD both with distinction from the University of Helsinki. His PhD was supervised by Prof. Sasu Tarkoma at University of Helsinki and Prof. Jon Crowcroft at University of Cambridge.

Aaron's research focuses on mobile edge computing, IoT security, and system networking. Prior to TUM appointment, he's employed by University of Helsinki as Postdoc, PhD and project researcher, respectively. He has been working at the Columbia University of Ivy League (New York, USA) in 2014, advised by Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, and also at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK) in 2013 under Prof. Jon Crowcroft.

Aaron 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 a two-time recipient of the highly competitive Nokia Foundation Scholarships * in 2012 and 2013, and awardee of the “Staff Member of the Year” by the Department of Computer Science at University of Helsinki. Aaron has received ACM grants from CoNEXT, MobiSys, EuroSys, SenSys, and Middleware.

As a member of ACM, IEEE and IETF, Aaron is the Co-Chair for ACM EdgeSysMobiSys 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 Finland-China-Germany 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:


 "The Principle of Science" -- Richard Feynman

Selected Publications:

 "Originality, Significance, Rigour - pick 3." -- Jon Crowcroft

  • "Flutes vs. Cellos: Analyzing Mobility-Traffic Correlations in Large WLAN Traces", IEEE INFOCOM 2018  [BibTeX - PDF]
  • "Consolidate IoT Edge Computing with Lightweight Virtualization", IEEE Network 2018  [BibTeX - PDF]
  • "Security and Privacy in Device-to-Device (D2D) Communication: A Review", IEEE Communications Surveys 2017  [BibTeX - PDF]
  • "FADES: Fine-Grained Edge Offloading with Unikernels", ACM SIGCOMM HotConNet 2017  [BibTeX - PDF]
  • "Securebox: Toward Safer and Smarter IoT Networks", ACM CoNEXT CAN 2016  [BibTeX - PDF]
  • "Vision: Augmenting WiFi Offloading with An Open-source Collaborative Platform", ACM MobiCom MCS 2015  [BibTeX - PDF]
  • "Reflections on Middlebox Detection Mechanisms in IPv6 Transition", IAB SEMI 2015  [BibTeX - PDF]
  • "Bridging the Gap Between Internet Standardization and Networking Research", ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review (CCR) 2014  [BibTeX - PDF]  SIGCOMM Best of CCR Award
  • "Software Defined Networking for Security Enhancement in Wireless Mobile Networks", Computer Networks 2014  [BibTeX - PDF]
  • "Enabling Energy-Aware Collaborative Mobile Data Offloading for Smartphones", IEEE SECON 2013  [BibTeX - PDF]
  • "Toward Network Controlled IP Traffic Offloading", IEEE Communications Magazine 2013  [BibTeX - PDF]
  • "Effect of Competing TCP Traffic on Interactive Real-Time Communication", PAM 2013  [BibTeX - PDF]

Publication list; on Google Scholar

Selected Awards and Honors:

  • Best Paper Award - ACM SIGCOMM "Best of CCR" 2014 (featured on ACM Computing Review)
  • "Staff Member of The Year" Award - Computer Science Department, Univ. Helsinki, 2013
  • Nokia Foundation Scholarships (10k EUR), 2012 and 2013
  • PhD Fellowships (60k EUR) - Academy of Finland and Univ. Helsinki, 2012 -- 2014
  • Graduate School Grants (26k EUR) for research visits and conference trips, 2010 -- 2015 
  • Chancellor's Grants (4k EUR) - Univ. Helsinki, 2010, 2012, 2014
  • Columbia IRT Alumni, since 2014
  • Cambridge NetOS Alumni, since 2013
  • ACATIIMI Cover Story - the national magazine of Finnish academy, 2013
  • ISOC Grant - IAB SEMI at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Hecse Grant - ACM MobiCom at Paris, France
  • FIGS Grant - ACM SIGCOMM at Chicago, USA
  • SIGMOBILE Sponsorship - ACM MobiSys at Bretton Woods, USA
  • SIGCOMM Grant - ACM CoNEXT at Nice, France
  • UBICITEC Grant - ACM SenSys at Rome, Italy
  • SIGOPS Grant - ACM EuroSys at Bern, Switzerland
  • USENIX Grant - ACM Middleware at Lisbon, Portugal
  • Full list

Research Visits and Hosting:


  • University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland (02.2018) - hosted by Dr. Xiang Su
  • RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany (12.2017) - hosted by Dr. Oliver Hohlfeld
  • University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (11.2017) - hosted by Prof. Jon Crowcroft and Dr. Richard Mortier
  • Queen Mary University of London, London, UK (11.2017) - hosted by Prof. Steve Uhlig
  • HKUST SyMLab, Hong Kong (07.2017) - hosted by Prof. Pan Hui
  • University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (03.2016) - invited by Prof. Jon Crowcroft
  • Peking University, Beijing, China (09.2015) - hosted by Prof. Chenren Xu
  • China Mobile, Beijing, China (09.2015) - hosted by Dr. Hui Deng
  • Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (09.2015) - hosted by Dr. Pei Zhang
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong (07.2014) - hosted by Prof. Pan Hui
  • Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK (07.2013) - hosted by Dr. Paolo Costa
  • Imperial College London, London, UK (07.2013) - hosted by Prof. Peter Pietzuch
  • Deutsche Telekom Labs, Berlin, Germany (10.2012) - hosted by Prof. Pan Hui
  • University of Padova, Padova, Italy (12.2008) - hosted by Prof. Luigi Beghi


  • Prof. Chenren Xu (Peking University, China), 2017
  • Prof. Sasu Tarkoma (Helsinki University, Finland), 2016
  • Lic. Hannu Flinck (Nokia Bell Labs), 2016
  • Prof. Jon Crowcroft (Cambridge University, UK), 2010 and 2015
  • Prof. Yong Li (Tsinghua University, China), 2014
  • Prof. Pan Hui (Deutsche Telekom/HKUST, Germany), 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Prof. Luigi Beghi (Padova University, Italy), 2010
  • Prof. Glenn Luecke (ISU, USA), 2008

Supervised Students:

  • Thomas Paul: at TU Munich, working on transport security for QUIC
  • Ibbad Hafeez: at University of Helsinki, awarded 4-year PhD scholarships (2017-2020)
  • Yanhe Liu: now at Sina Weibo Beijing, the dominant online social networks (aka Facebook) in China
  • Lauri Suomalainen: now at Nebula Helsinki, working on NFV
  • Emad Nikkhouy: at ICE AB/GmbH Berlin, working on NFV
  • Noora Joensuu: at Softability Helsinki
  • Tomi Ronimus: at HiQ Helsinki, one of the most historic companies in Finnish IT sector
  • Peng Liu: at Tuxera Helsinki, working on smarthome multimedia systems
  • Yonghao Li: at a cool startup company (check the review from The Verge)

Supervised Funded Theses:

  • "A Platform for Safer and Smarter Networks", funded by CloSe Project
  • "Securing High Speed Data Center Communications - A Measurement Study", funded by SSICLOPS project
  • "Monitoring Service Chains in the Cloud", funded by Nokia VirNe project
  • "An SDN Platform for Traffic Offloading", funded by EIT SDN project
  • "Aviqa: A VoIP Softphone for Analyzing Speech and Video Quality", funded by Ericsson


  • Distributed Systems (invited lecture series), University of Oulu, 2018
  • Master Seminar: Edge Computing and Communication, TUM, 2017
  • Do-It-Yourself Networking, Advanced Practical Course, TUM, 2016
  • Protocol Design, TUM, 2016
  • Pro-Seminar: Internet for All, TUM, 2016
  • University of Helsinki Pedagogy Training - "Practical Teaching Skills", 2015
  • University of Helsinki Pedagogy Training - "Effective Small Group Teaching", 2014
  • Network Programming (in C, Linux & Unix), UH, 2013

Software Implementations:

  • SoftOffload: Open Platform for Mobile Offloading
  • MADNet: Energy-aware offloading for smartphones
  • Linux kernel and P-GW/GGSN modules for NAO
  • GNU C library implementation for NAT64/DNS64 heuristic discovery and address prioritization
  • DNS BIND9 patch for EDNS0 IPv6 address synthesis extension
  • Linux netlink patch for IPv6 address label manipulation
  • ns-2 modules for EAP fast authentication protocol
  • Virtualization-based migration framework for flexible on-demand VoIP services

Source code repositories

Academic Services:

  • Co-Chair for ACM EdgeSys '18, Munich, Germany
  • Co-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM HotPOST '18, Honolulu, USA
  • Co-Chair for Finland-China-Germany Workshop '17, Munich, Germany
  • Co-Chair for Helsinki-HKUST-Tsinghua Workshop '16, Helsinki, Finland
  • Co-Chair for ACM MobiSys '14 PhD Workshop (sponsored by Google, Microsoft, Brocade), USA
  • Organizing Chair for Helsinki-HKUST-Tsinghua Workshop '15, Beijing, China
  • Organizing Chair for Helsinki-HKUST-Tsinghua Workshop '14, Hong Kong
  • Registration Chair and Treasurer for ACM MobiSys '18, Munich, Germany
  • Publicity Chair for IEEE PerCom PerCrowd '18, Athens, Greece
  • Publicity Chair for IEEE INFOCOM GI '16, San Francisco, USA
  • Local Organizer for Pervasive '10 (now ACM UbiComp), Helsinki, Finland
  • Technical Program Committee for ACM SIGCOMM MECOMM '18, Budapest, Hungary
  • Technical Program Committee for ACM CoNEXT Student Workshop '18, Crete, Greece
  • Technical Program Committee for IEEE ICPADS '18, Singapore
  • Technical Program Committee for IJCAI AI4IoT '18, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Technical Program Committee for ISOC NDSS DISS '18, San Diego, USA
  • Technical Program Committee for EAI MobiCASE '18, Osaka, Japan
  • Technical Program Committee for ACM SIGCOMM MobiArch '17, Los Angeles, USA
  • Technical Program Committee for ACM CoNEXT Student Workshop '17, Seoul, South Korea
  • Technical Program Committee for IEEE ICDCS HotPOST '17, Atlanta, USA
  • Technical Program Committee for IJCAI AI4IoT '17, Melbourne, Australia
  • Technical Program Committee for HotSpatial '17, Beijing, China
  • Technical Program Committee for ICA3PP '17, Helsinki, Finland
  • Technical Program Committee for IFIP Networking '16, Vienna, Austria
  • Shadow Technical Program Committee for ACM CoNEXT '15, Germany
  • Shadow Technical Program Committee for ACM EuroSys '15, France
  • Journal Referee for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWC)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking (TOCCN)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Communications Magazine (COMMAG)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Network (NETMAG)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Wireless Communications (WCM)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Pervasive Computing (PC)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Communications Letters (CL)
  • Journal Referee for IEEE Access
  • Journal Referee for ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review (CCR)
  • Journal Referee for Elsevier Journal on Computer Networks (COMNET)
  • Journal Referee for Elsevier Journal on Computer Communications (COMCOM)
  • Journal Referee for Elsevier Journal on Pervasive and Mobile Computing (PMC)
  • Journal Referee for Elsevier Journal on Ad Hoc Networks (ADHOC)
  • Journal Referee for Springer Journal on Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET)
  • Journal Referee for Springer Journal on Wireless Networks (WINE)
  • Journal Referee for Open Transactions on Communication Systems (OTCS)
  • Invited Reviewer for IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM)
  • Invited Reviewer for IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom)
  • Invited Reviewer for IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
  • Invited Reviewer for IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)
  • Invited Reviewer for IFIP Networking Conference (Networking)

Professional Services:


Jon Crowcroft, Henning Schulzrinne, Sasu Tarkoma, Jörg Ott, Pan Hui, Aravind Srinivasan, Ahmed Helmy, Vassilis Kostakos, Raimo Kantola, Valtteri Niemi, Jukka Manner, Yong Li, Yu Xiao, Dirk Kutscher, Jouni Korhonen, Bo Han, Jose Costa-Requena, Zhen Cao, Hannes Tschofening, Petteri Nurmi, Laila Daniel, Huber Flores, Kai Zhao, Xiang Su, Markku Antikainen, Nicklas Beijar, Hannu Flinck, Markku Kojo, Teemu Savolainen, Markus Isomäki, Samuli Hemminki, Ilpo Järvinen, Aki Nyrhinen, Seppo Hätönen, Vittorio Cozzolino, Michael Haus, Leonardo Tonetto, Roberto Morabito, Babak Alipour, Roozbeh Ketabi


Aaron is from Changsha, the capital city of Hunan (of similar size and population to UK)

  • Citizenship: China
  • Married
  • EU Green Card Holder (permanent resident)

Point Guard (PG) since age 10, representing high school and faculty of science. PG role model John Stockton

German language level B1 - Certificate 2017

"Juggling" in the Academic Family @ Cambridge

Promotion and conferment moment, plus full video @ Helsinki

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


  • Email: aaron.ding [at] tum.de
  • Phone: +49-89-289-18654
  • Office: 01.05.042
  • Post Address: 

    Dr. Aaron Yi Ding
    Technical University of Munich, Chair of Connected Mobility
    Boltzmannstr. 3, 85748 Garching bei München
    Bayern, Germany


 "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