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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


Willner, Alexander and Diedrich, Christian and Younes, Raed Ben and Hohmann, Stephan and Kraft, Andreas (2017). Semantic Communication between Components for Smart Factories based on oneM2M. International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA). IEEE.

Hoque, Saiful and de Brito, Mathias and Willner, Alexander (2017). Towards Container Orchestration in Fog Computing Infrastructures. International Workshop on Fog Computing and Networking (FCN). IEEE.

Mukudu, Nyasha and Steinke, Ronald and Carella, Giuseppe and Mwangama, Joyce and Corici, Andreea and Ventura, Neco and Willner, Alexander and Magedanz, Thomas and Barroso, Maria and Gavras, Anastasius (2017). TRESCIMO: Towards Software-Based Federated Internet of Things Testbeds. Building the Future Internet through FIRE. River Publishers, 693–714.

Diedrich, Christian and Bieliaiev, Alexander and Bock, Jürgen and Gössling, Andreas and Willner, Alexander and Koziolek, Heiko and Kraft, Andreas and Pethig, Florian and Niggemann, Oliver and Reich, Johannes and Schröder, Tizian and Vialkowitsch, Jens and Vollmar, Friedrich and Wende, Jörg (2017). Sprache für I4.0-Komponenten. Automation. VDI.

Willner, Alexander (2017). OpenIoTFog: Eine anbieterunabhängige Verwaltungsschale für Industrie-4.0-Komponenten. „Tagung Berliner und Brandenburger Industrie 4.0“ Safety und Security – Mit Sicherheit gut vernetzt. Beuth-Verlag.

de Brito, Mathias and Hoque, Saiful and Magedanz, Thomas and Steinke, Ronald and Willner, Alexander and Nehls, Daniel and Keil, Oliver and Schreiner, Florian (2017). A Service Orchestration Architecture for Fog-enabled Infrastructures. 2nd International Conference on Fog and Mobile Edge Computing (FMEC). IEEE.

de Brito, M.S. and Hoque, Saiful and Steinke, Ronald and Willner, Alexander and Magedanz, Thomas (2017). Application of the Fog computing paradigm to Smart Factories and cyber-physical systems. Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies. Wiley, e3184.

Figura, Richard and Willner, Alexander (2017). Das Linked Open Data Warehouse.

Hassan, Ahmed Mohamed Medhat; Carella, Giuseppe; Pauls, Michael; Magedanz, Thomas (2017). Orchestrating Scalable Service Function Chains in a NFV Environment.. In 3rd IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft)

Pauls, Michael; Carella, Giuseppe; Hassan, Ahmed Mohamed Medhat (2017). A Network Function Virtualization framework for Network Slicing of 5G Networks. In 22 VDE-ITG-Fachtagung Mobilkommunikation

Hassan, Ahmed Mohamed Medhat; Mwangama, Joyce; Magedanz, Thomas; Ventura, Neco and Covaci, Stefan (2017). QoS-aware Delivery of VoIP Service through Dynamic Service Function Chaining in 5G Networks.. In SATNAC, pages 180–185

Mwangama, Joyce; Hassan, Ahmed Mohamed Medhat; Ventura, Neco; Magedanz, Thomas (2017). Performance Improvement of EPC VNFs Utilising Bare Metal Provisioning.. In SATNAC, pages 186–191

Hassan, Ahmed Mohamed Medhat; Carella, Giuseppe; Pauls, Michael; Magedanz, Thomas (2017). Extensible Framework for Elastic Orchestration of Service Function Chains for 5G Networks.. In 3rd IEEE Conference on Network Functions Virtualization and Software Defined Networking (IEEE NFV-SDN 2017)

Francisco Gortázar; Micael Gallego; Boni García; Giuseppe Antonio Carella; Michael Pauls; Ilie-Daniel Gheorghe-Pop; (2017). ElasTest — An open source project for testing distributed applications with failure injection. 2017 IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks (NFV-SDN). IEEE.

Mohan Krishna (Technical University of Berlin), Benjamin Reichel (Technical University of Berlin), Marius Corici (Fraunhofer FOKUS), Thomas Magedanz (Fraunhofer FOKUS) (2017). Data Plane Programmability Solution for Telecom Protocols.. All in Proceedings of the 20th Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC), Freedom of the Seas, Barcelona, September 3 - 10, 2017, www.satnac.org.za, 142-147.



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