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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


Mueller, J. and Vlad, V. (2013). SDN and Openflow Impacts on EPC Evolution. 3rd ETSI Future Networks Workshop. ETSI.

Elmangoush, Asma and Coskun, Hakan and Wahle, Sebastian and Magedanz, Thomas (2013). Design Aspects for a Reference M2M Communication Platform for Smart Cities. 2013 9th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology (IIT). IEEE, 204–209.

Figuerola, Sergi and Grasa, Eduard and Garcia-Espin, Joan Antoni and Riera, Jordi Ferrer and Reijs, Victor and Kenny, Eoin and Lemay, Mathieu and Savoie, Michel and Campbell, Scott and Ruffini, Marco and O'Mahony, Donal and Willner, Alexander and Arnaud, Bill St. (2013). Bringing Optical Network Control to the User Facilities: Evolution of the User-Controlled LightPath Provisioning Paradigm. Cross-Layer Design in Optical Networks. Springer, 291–323.

del Castillo, Juan Angel Lorenzo and Mallichan, Kate and Al-Hazmi, Yahya (2013). OpenStack Federation in Experimentation Multi-cloud Testbeds. 2013 IEEE 5th International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science. IEEE, 51–56.

Garcia-Pérez, David and del Castillo, Juan Ángel Lorenzo and Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Martrat, Josep and Avoussanakis, Konstantinos and Hume, Alastair C. and Velayos López, Celia and Landi, Giada and Wauters, Tim and Gienger, Michael and Margery, David (2013). Cloud and Network Facilities Federation in BonFIRE. Federative and interoperable cloud infrastructures, Aug 2013, Aachen, Germany. Euro-Par 2013: Parallel Processing Workshops, 8374, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 126–135.

Mwangama, Joyce and Willner, Alexander and Ventura, Neco and Elmangosh, Asma and Pfeifer, Tom and Magedanz, Thomas (2013). Testbeds for Reliable Smart City Machine-to-Machine Communication. South African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC). Open Access, 339–344.

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.

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.

Coskun, Hakan and Pfeifer, Tom (2013). Time Division Configration Multiplexing of Wireless Interfaces. 38th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN 2013

Pfeifer, Tom and Covaci, Stefan (2013). Active Protection of Patient Data by Reverse Cloud Approach. 15th IEEE International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application and Services, IEEE Healthcom 2013

Covaci, Stefan and Pfeifer, Tom and Schneider, Armin and Jell, Thomas (2013). Aktiver Schutz von Patientendaten in mobilen e-Health Clouds. 18. ITG/VDE Fachtagung Mobilkommunikation (Mobilkomtagung 2013), 15-16 May 2013, ITG-Fachbericht No 242, VDE-Verlag Berlin

Corici, M. and Mueller, J. and Vingarzan, D. and Magedanz, T. (2013). Part I: History and perspectives on the telecom standardized assets - 1. Network and Control Platforms. Evolution of Telecommunication Services: The Convergence of Telecom and Internet: Technologies and Ecosystems. Bertin, E. and Crespi, N. and Magedanz, T., 339.

Blum, N. and Mueller, J. and Schreiner, F. and Magedanz, T. (2013). Part I: History and perspectives on the telecom standardized assets - 2. Telecom Applications, APIs and Service Platforms. Evolution of Telecommunication Services: The Convergence of Telecom and Internet: Technologies and Ecosystems. Bertin, E. and Crespi, N. and Magedanz, T., 339.

Mueller, J. and Wierz, A. and Vingarzan, D. and Magedanz, T. (2013). Elastic Network Design and Adaptive Flow Placement in Software Defined Networks. Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN), 2013 22nd International Conference. IEEE, 1-6.

Thu Huong-Truong and Nguyen Huu Thanh and Nguyen Tai Hung and Mueller, J. and Magedanz, T. (2013). QoE-aware resource provisioning and adaptation in IMS-based IPTV using OpenFlow. Local Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN), 2013 19th IEEE Workshop, 1-3.



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