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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


Willner, Alexander and Gowtham, Varun (2020). Towards a Reference Architecture Model for Industrial Edge Computing. IEEE Communications Standards Magazine, 1–10.

Willner, Alexander (2020). Cloud-Computing bekommt Gesellschaft. Berliner Wirtschaft (IHK), 56––58.

Willner, Alexander and Gowtham, Varun (2020). Towards a Reference Architecture Model for Industrial Edge Computing. IEEE Communications Standards Magazine

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.

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)

Hamm, Andrea and Willner, Alexander and Schieferdecker, Ina (2020). Edge Computing: A Comprehensive Survey of Current Initiatives and a Roadmap for a Sustainable Edge Computing Development. Proceeding of WI2020. GITO Verlag, 694–709.

Barth, Alexander (2020). Configurable mapping of EtherCAT field devices to OPC UA. Technische Universität Berlin

IndustryAgents GmbH (2020). Edge Computing – Technology trends and future markets. The Quintessence

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)

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.

Eichinger, Joseph and Block, Dimitry and Kärcher, Bernd and Länsisalmi, Atte and Essigmann, Kurt and Spini, Marco and Willner, Alexander (2020). White Paper: Alignment of the Industrie 4.0 Architecture and 3GPP Architecture.

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

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.

Labs Network Industrie 4.0 (2020). LNI 4.0 Testbed Edge Configuration. , 1–10.


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