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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


Figura, Richard and Radtke, Norman and Willner, Alexander and Martin, Michael (2018). Presentation: Applying Linked Data Paradigms for Regional Weather Data Reanalysis.

Zielinski, Erich and Beierle, Felix and Bitzer, Hans-Werner and Drachsler, Knut and Holfeld, Bernd and Klaus, Harald and Mormul, Mathias and Müller, Andreas and Saatkamp, Karoline and Schellenberger, Christian and Schulz-Zander, Julius and Stanczak, Slawomir and Sutedjo, Edwin and Wieland, Matthias and Willner, Alexander and Zeiger, Florian and Zimmermann, Marc (2018). White Paper: Building Blocks for a Secure Real-Time Communication and Computing Infrastructure for Industry 4.0.

Gortázar, F and Gallego, M and Donato, M and Pages, E and Edmonds, A (2018). The ElasTest Platform: Supporting Automation of End-to-End Testing of Large Complex Applications.

Willner, Alexander (2018). The Industrial Internet of Things. Internet of Things A to Z: Technologies and Applications. IEEE-Wiley, 293––318.

Willner, Alexander and Legat, Christoph and Barnstedt, Erich and Wende, Jörg and Grieß, Stefan and Zehl, Sven and Usländer, Thomas (2018). Diskussionspapier: Domänenübergreifende Kommunikation interoperabel gestalten.

Ante, Angela and Bennemann, Helmut and Blöcher, Christoph and Engelhart, Markus and Fitzke, Bernd and Geißen, Sven-Uwe and Hauswirth, Manfred and Kozariszczuk, Matthias and Leonhäuser, Johannes and Rother, Elmar and Sagawe, Gerd and Schließmann, Ursula and Track, Thomas and Willner, Alexander and Ziemer, Christian (2018). Industriewasser 4.0. , 1––36.

Willner, Alexander and Giatili, Mary and Grosso, Paola and Papagianni, Chrysa and Morsey, Mohamed and Baldine, Ilya (2017). Using Semantic Web Technologies to Query and Manage Information within Federated Cyber-Infrastructures. Data (MDPI)

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.

Diedrich, Christian and Bieliaiev, Alexander and Willner, Alexander and Koziolek, Heiko and Pethig, Florian and Niggemann, Oliver and Schröder, Tizian and Vialkowitsch, Jens and Usländer, Thomas and Wende, Jörg (2017). Semantic Interoperability for Asset Communication within Smart Factories. 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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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