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Dr.-Ing. Alexander Willner


IIoT Group Manager & Lecturer

Room 425
Einsteinufer 25
10587 Berlin



Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Alexander Willner is the head of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Center at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and the head of the IIoT research group at the chair of Next Generation Networks (AV) at the Technical University Berlin (TUB). In joint collaboration with the Berlin Center of Digital Transformation (LZDV) he is working with his groups in applying standard-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to industrial domains. With a focus on moving towards the realization of interoperable communication within the Industry 4.0, the most important research areas include industrial real-time networks (TSN), middleware systems (OPC UA), distributed AI (Digital Twins) and distributed Cloud Computing (Edge Computing) including management and orchestration.

Prior research positions include the University Bonn, he holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in computer science from the University Göttingen and the Technical University Berlin respectively. His research interests are on distributed information systems, linked data, communication middleware and service-oriented architectures. He is active in relevant standardization activities and alliances and gives a corresponding lecture at the Technical University Berlin; and in the past at the Humboldt University of Berlin as well.

At various occasions Dr. Willner also acts as ambassador for the science capital Berlin.

Tips for Students and Researchers


von Pilchau, Wenzel Pilar and Gowtham, Varun and Gruber, Maximilian and Riedl, Matthias and Koutrakis, Nikolaos-Stefanos and Tayyub, Jawad and Hähner, Jörg and Eichstädt, Sascha and Uhlmann, Eckart and Polte, Julian and Frey, Volker and Willner, Alexander (2020). An Architectural Design for Measurement Uncertainty Evaluation in Cyber-Physical Systems. 15th Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS)

Vij, Deepak and Bernstein, David and Morsey, Mohamed and Grosso, Paola and Magedanz, Thomas and Willner, Alexander (2015). Software defined Bearer Intercloud networks semantic-based network exchange for the IEEE P2302 Intercloud approach. 12th International Conference on Electrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology (ECTI-CON). IEEE, 1–6.

Vandenberghe, Wim and Vermeulen, Brecht and Demeester, Piet and Willner, Alexander and Papavassiliou, Symeon and Gavras, Anastasius and Quereilhac, Alina and Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Lobillo, Felicia and Velayos, Celia and Vico-oton, Albert and Androulidakis, Georgios (2013). Architecture for the Heterogeneous Federation of Future Internet Experimentation Facilities. Future Network and Mobile Summit (FNMS). IEEE, 1 – 11.

Vandenberghe, Wim and Baron, Loïc and Bermudo, Carlos and Vico, Albert and Stavropoulos, Donatos and Larabi, Mohamed Amine and Odizzio, Lucia Guevgeozian and Quereilhac, Alina and Rakotoarivelo, Thierry and Papagianni, Chrysa and Androulidakis, Georgios and Kapoukakis, Aggelos and Schreiner, Florian and Willner, Alexander (2013). Detailed specifications for first cycle ready.

Tran, Quang Thanh and Medhat, Ahmed M and Elmangoush, Asma and Carella, Giuseppe and Willner, Alexander and Covaci, Stefan and Magedanz, Thomas (2016). Enabling Future Internet Testbeds with Open Source Software. European Conference on Networks and Communications 2016, 407–409.

Tenschert, Axel and Kübert, Roland and Battré, Dominic and Wäldrich, Oliver and Willner, Alexander (2009). Architektur des SLA-Frameworks und Integration.

Stumpp, Barbara and Willner, Alexander (2019). Edge und Cloud im Clinch. AUTOMATION & DIGITALISIERUNG, 22–35.

Schröder, Tizian and Willner, Alexander and Diedrich, Christian (2020). Semantische Interoperabilität in Cyber-physischen Produktionssystemen. Semantische Datenintelligenz im Einsatz

Sachs, Joachim and Thrybom, Linus and Farkas, Janos and Bahr, Michael and Wang, Kun and Wuesteney, Lukas and Cao, Hanwen and Rost, Peter and Willner, Alexander (2020). White Paper: Integration of 5G with Time-Sensitive Networking for Industrial Communications.

Rentschler, Markus and Rohrmus, Dominik and Loewen, Ulrich and Graf Gatterburg, Andreas and Vojanec, Bernd and Willner, Alexander (2020). Standardization of Edge Configuration. 25th Annual Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA)

Rentschler, Markus and Rohrmus, Dominik and Löwen, Ulrich and Graf Gatterburg, Andreas and Vojanec, Bernd and Willner, Alexander (2020). Standardization of Edge Communication and Protocols. International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA)

Rennoch, Axel and Willner, Alexander (2020). Edge Computing Standardisation and Initiatives. 5th GI/ACM I4.0 Standardization Workshop on Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS). GI/ACM, 1–5.

Quereilhac, Alina and Willner, Alexander and Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Tranoris, Christos and Becue, Pieter and Sercu, Vincent and Auge, Jordan and Rakotoarivelo, Thierry and Gulyas, Andras and Biczok, Gergely and Chrysa, Papagianni (2012). Experimental plane - Experiment Controllers.

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