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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


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

Figura, Richard and Willner, Alexander (2017). Das Linked Open Data Warehouse.

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

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.

Hamm, Andrea and Willner, Alexander and Schieferdecker, Ina (2019). Edge Computing: A Comprehensive Survey of Current Initiatives and a Roadmap for a Sustainable Edge Computing Development. 15th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik

Hogrefe, Dieter and Soltwisch, Rene and Meyer, Fabian and Lessner, Dirk and Willner, Alexander and Neumann, Niklas (2004). A Survey on Network Security.

Hoque, Saiful and de Brito, Mathias and Willner, Alexander (2017). Towards Container Orchestration in Fog Computing Infrastructures. International Workshop on Fog Computing and Networking (FCN). IEEE.

Kerschbaumer, Florian and Uhlik, Julia (). Zukunftsbild Digitales Österreich 2040 - 2050.

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.

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.


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