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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


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)

Willner, Alexander (2019). Weit verteilt. iX, 50–55.

Willner, Alexander (2019). Interview: Das Netz der Dinge erobert die Industrie. IT Director

Willner, Alexander (2019). Edge Computing in der Produktion. Computer&AUTOMATION Sonderheft TSN & OPC UA

Stumpp, Barbara and Willner, Alexander (2019). Edge und Cloud im Clinch. AUTOMATION & DIGITALISIERUNG, 22–35.

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 (2018). The Industrial Internet of Things. Internet of Things A to Z. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 293–318.

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.

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

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