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Dr.-Ing. Alexander Willner


IIoT Group Manager & Lecturer

Room 425
Einsteinufer 25
10587 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 314 21451
Phone: +49 30 3463 7116

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


IndustryAgents GmbH (2020). Edge Computing – Technology trends and future markets. The Quintessence

Neubacher, Andreas and Kraft, Andreas and Willner, Alexander and Reich, Johannes and Wende, Jörg and Lieske, Matthias and Steinke, Ronald and Grieß, Stefan and Usländer, Thomas (2020). Vorschlag zur systematischen Klassifikation von Interaktionen in Industrie 4.0 Systemen. , 1––50.

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

Labs Network Industrie 4.0 (2020). LNI 4.0 Testbed Edge Configuration. , 1–10.

Hamm, Andrea and Willner, Alexander and Schieferdecker, Ina (2019). Edge Computing: A Comprehensive Survey of Current Initiatives and a Roadmap for a Sustainable Edge Computing Development. 15th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik

Willner, Alexander (2019). Weit verteilt. iX, 50–55.

Willner, Alexander (2019). Interview: Das Netz der Dinge erobert die Industrie. IT Director

Willner, Alexander (2019). Edge Computing in der Produktion. Computer & AUTOMATION - Sonderheft TSN & OPC UA

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

Willner, Alexander (2019). Edge Computing in der Produktion. Computer&AUTOMATION Sonderheft TSN & OPC UA

Knorr, Kaspar and Willner, Alexander and Schütt, Jonathan and Strahlhoff, Julia and Kroschewski, Theresa and Siegl, Stefan and Werner, Uta and Eckert, Klaus-Peter and Wolf, Armin and Lämmel, Philipp and Hasse, Peter (2019). Weiße Flecken in der Digitalen Vernetzung der Energiewirtschaft.



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