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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


International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) (2017). Edge Intelligence. , 1––134.

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

Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Willner, Alexander and Ozpehlivan, Ozan O. and Nehls, Daniel and Covaci, Stefan and Magedanz, Thomas (2014). An automated health monitoring solution for future Internet infrastructure marketplaces. 26th International Teletraffic Congress (ITC). IEEE, 1–6.

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.

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.

Andree, Bert and García Espin, Joan Antoni and Figuerola, Sergi and Sánchez, Angel and de Waal, Christian and Willner, Alexander (2008). Planning and report on functional tests, and protoype for NRPS, Grid GMPLS control plane and Middlewate interoperability.

Andree, Bert and Garcia Espin, Joan Antoni and Figuerola, Sergi and Hommes, Ferdinand and Sánchez, Angel and de Waal, Christian and Willner, Alexander (2007). Requirements and specifications of interfaces architecture for interoperability between NRPS, GMPLS, Middleware.

Ante, Angela and Bennemann, Helmut and Blöcher, Christoph and Engelhart, Markus and Fitzke, Bernd and Geißen, Sven-Uwe and Hauswirth, Manfred and Kozariszczuk, Matthias and Leonhäuser, Johannes and Rother, Elmar and Sagawe, Gerd and Schließmann, Ursula and Track, Thomas and Willner, Alexander and Ziemer, Christian (2018). Industriewasser 4.0. , 1––36.

Boehme, Christian and Ehlers, Tim and Engelhardt, Jan and Félix, Andreas and Haan, Otto and Kálmán, Tibor and Schwardmann, Uwe and Sommerfeld, Dietmar and Willner, Alexander (2007). Instant-Grid - A Toolkit for Demonstration, Test and Development of Grid-Infrastructure. German e-Science Conference. Max Planck Digital Library, 10.

Boehme, Christian and Ehlers, Tim and Engelhardt, Jan and Félix, Andreas and Haan, Oswald and Kálmán, Tibor and Schwardmann, Ulrich and Sommerfeld, Dietmar and Willner, Alexander (2007). Grid-Demonstration und Schulung mit Instant-Grid. 21. DFN-Jahrestagung. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 211–218.

Boniface, Michael and Calisti, Monique and Serrano, Martin and Willner, Alexander and Petrioli, Chiara and Facca, Federico M. and Moerman, Ingrid and Friedman, Timur and Figuerola, Sergi and Ziegler, Sebastien and Martrat, Josep and Walters, Tim (2016). Next Generation Internet (NGI) Experimentation - Drivers Transforming Next Generation Internet Research and Experimentation.

Brzozwski, Pawel and Campbell, Scott and Coulouarn, Tangui and Demchenko, Yuri and Dijkstra, Freek and Giertych, Michal and García Espin, Joan Antoni and Grasa, Eduard and Guok, Chin and van der Ham, Jeroen and Krzywania, Radek and Kudoh, Tomohiro and Lemay, Mathieu and Takefusa, Atsuko and Willner, Alexander and Xin, Yufeng (2012). On-Demand Infrastructure Services Provisioning Best Practices.

Ciulli, Nicola and Belter, B and Figuerola, Sergi and Bogacki, W and Volbrecht, John and Binczewski, Artur and Karmous-Edwards, G and Krzywania, R and Kudoh, T and Lake, A and Przywecki, M and Reijs, V and Sevasti, A and Simeonidou, D and Stroinski, M and Vicant-Blanc, P and Willner, Alexander (2009). Where are we going with Bandwidth on Demand Systems. Workshop on the Terena Networking Conference. Terena Networking Conference.

Ciulli, Nicola and Garcia Espin, Joan Antoni and Figuerola, Sergi and Escalona, Eduard and Willner, Alexander (2009). NSP Interfaces to G2MPLS.

Cristea, Mihai Lucian and Strijkers, Rudolf and García Espín, Joan Antoni and Demchenko, Yuri and de Laat, Cees and Haleplidis, Evangelos and Willner, Alexander and Riera, Jordi Ferrer (2009). Supporting Communities in Programmable Grid Networks: gTBN.


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