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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


Magedanz, Thomas and Steinke, Ronald and Weber, Andreas and Willner, Alexander (2014). Das Internet der Dinge und Maschine-zu- Maschine-Kommunikation als Rückgrat für Smart Citys. OBJEKTspektrum, 13––17.

Martino, B. Di and Cretella, Giuseppina and Esposito, Antonio and Willner, Alexander and Alloush, Alaa and Bernstein, David and Vij, Deepak and Weinman, Joe (2015). Towards an Ontology-Based Intercloud Resource Catalogue – The IEEE P2302 Intercloud Approach for a Semantic Resource Exchange. International Conference on Cloud Engineering. IEEE, 458–464.

Morsey, Mohamed and Willner, Alexander and Loughnane, Robyn and Giatili, Mary and Papagianni, Chrysa and Baldin, Ilya and Grosso, Paola and Al-Hazmi, Yahya (2016). DBcloud: Semantic Dataset for the cloud. 2016 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops (INFOCOM WKSHPS). IEEE, 207–212.

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.

Mwangama, Joyce and Orimolade, Joseph and Ventura, Neco and Elmangoush, Asma and Steinke, Ronald and Willner, Alexander and Corici, Andreea and Magedanz, Thomas (2014). Prototyping Machine-to-Machine Applications for Emerging Smart Cities in Developing Countries. Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC). Roy Volkwyn (Telkom), 383––388.

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.

Mwangama, Joyce and Ventura, Neco and Willner, Alexander and Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Carella, Giuseppe and Magedanz, Thomas (2015). Towards Mobile Federated Network Operators. 1st Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft). IEEE, 1–6.

Neubacher, Andreas and Kraft, Andreas and Willner, Alexander and Reich, Johannes and Wende, Jörg and Lieske, Matthias and Steinke, Ronald and Grieß, Stefan and Usländer, Thomas (2020). Vorschlag zur systematischen Klassifikation von Interaktionen in Industrie 4.0 Systemen. , 1––50.

Pilz, Markus and Barz, Christoph and Bornhauser, Uli and Martini, Peter and de Waal, Christian and Willner, Alexander (2008). ARGON: Reservation in Grid-enabled Networks. 1. DFN-Forum on Communication Technologies. Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI), 75––84.

Quereilhac, Alina and Willner, Alexander and Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Tranoris, Christos and Becue, Pieter and Sercu, Vincent and Auge, Jordan and Rakotoarivelo, Thierry and Gulyas, Andras and Biczok, Gergely and Chrysa, Papagianni (2012). Experimental plane - Experiment Controllers.

Rennoch, Axel and Willner, Alexander (2020). Edge Computing Standardisation and Initiatives. 5th GI/ACM I4.0 Standardization Workshop on Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS). GI/ACM, 1–5.

Rentschler, Markus and Rohrmus, Dominik and Loewen, Ulrich and Graf Gatterburg, Andreas and Vojanec, Bernd and Willner, Alexander (2020). Standardization of Edge Configuration. 25th Annual Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA)

Rentschler, Markus and Rohrmus, Dominik and Löwen, Ulrich and Graf Gatterburg, Andreas and Vojanec, Bernd and Willner, Alexander (2020). Standardization of Edge Communication and Protocols. International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA)

Sachs, Joachim and Thrybom, Linus and Farkas, Janos and Bahr, Michael and Wang, Kun and Wuesteney, Lukas and Cao, Hanwen and Rost, Peter and Willner, Alexander (2020). White Paper: Integration of 5G with Time-Sensitive Networking for Industrial Communications.

Schröder, Tizian and Willner, Alexander and Diedrich, Christian (2020). Semantische Interoperabilität in Cyber-physischen Produktionssystemen. Semantische Datenintelligenz im Einsatz

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