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Dr.-Ing. Alexander Willner


IIoT Group Manager & Lecturer

Room 425
Einsteinufer 25
10587 Berlin



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


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.

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.

Andree, Bert and García Espín, Joan Antoni and Figuerola, Sergi and Sánchez, Angel and Prins, Antoon and de Waal, Christian and Willner, Alexander (2008). Definition and development of the Service Layer within the Middleware.

Demchenko, Yuri and Willner, Alexander (2008). GAAA toolkit pluggable components and XACML policy profile for ONRP.

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 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.

Figuerola, Sergi and Garcia-Espin, Joan Antoni and Ferrer, Jordi and Willner, Alexander (2009). Scalability Analysis and Evaluation of the Multi-domain, Optical Network Service Plane in Harmony. IEEE.

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.

Willner, Alexander and Nehls, Daniel and Magedanz, Thomas (2015). FITeagle: A Semantic Testbed Management Framework. Proceedings of the 10th EAI International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities. ACM, 1–6.

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.

Willner, Alexander and Barz, Christoph and Garcia Espin, Joan Antoni and Ferrer Riera, Jordi and Figuerola, Sergi and Martini, Peter (2009). Harmony - Advance Reservations in Heterogeneous Multi-domain Environments. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Springer, 871–882.

Al-hazmi, Yahya and Willner, Alexander and Pickering, Brian and Alloush, Alaa and Magedanz, Thomas and Cretti, Silvio (2015). Creating a Sustainable Federation of Cloud-Based Infrastructures for the Future Internet - The FIWARE Approach. 10th EAI International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities (TRIDENTCOM). IEEE, 1––10.

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

von Pilchau, Wenzel Pilar and Gowtham, Varun and Gruber, Maximilian and Riedl, Matthias and Koutrakis, Nikolaos-Stefanos and Tayyub, Jawad and Hähner, Jörg and Eichstädt, Sascha and Uhlmann, Eckart and Polte, Julian and Frey, Volker and Willner, Alexander (2020). An Architectural Design for Measurement Uncertainty Evaluation in Cyber-Physical Systems. 15th Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS)


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