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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.

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Guest Editorial
Citation key Stefan Covaci 2018-3
Author Tomaso de Cola; Ana Perez-Neira; Ravishankar Channasandra; Stefan Covaci
Pages 6-8
Year 2018
DOI 10.1109/MNET.2018.8473414
Journal IEEE Network ( Volume: 32 , Issue: 5 , September/October 2018 )
Month September 2018
Publisher IEEE
Abstract The articles in this special section are devoted to the integration of satellite networks and the evolution of wireless terrestrial networks toward the fifth generation of cellular networks, universally known simply as 5G. The articles focus on the role that satellite communications will play in the next generation of telecommunication networks in order to complement or extend the features that are expected from the evolution of cellular networks. Specifically, it is worth remarking that although 5G inherently refers to the fifth generation of cellular networks, its shape will actually be that of an ecosystem comprising multiple verticals and transport technologies, among which satellite will also be part of this broad picture. This convergence process is importantly enabled by the standardization activities carried out within the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), which are aimed at issuing Release 16 by the end of 2019, which will contain important system design recommendations regarding the non-terrestrial network components (satellite. HAPs, etc.).
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