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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


Corici, Marius and Coskun, Hakan and Elmangoush, Asma and Kurniawan, Agus and Mao, Tong and Magedanz, Thomas and Wahle, Sebastian (2012). OpenMTC : Prototyping Machine Type Communication in Carrier Grade Operator Networks. 4th International IEEE Workshop on Open NGN and IMS Testbeds (ONIT 2012) @ GLOBECOM 2012. IEEE, 1735 – 1740.

Corici, Andreea and Elmangoush, Asma and Steinke, Ronald and Magedanz, Thomas and Mwangama, Joyce and Ventura, Neco (2014). Utilizing M2M Technologies for Building Reliable Smart Cities. 2014 6th International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS). IEEE, 1–5.

Corici, Andreea Ancuta and Shrestha, Ranjan and Carella, Giuseppe and Elmangoush, Asma and Steinke, Ronald and Magedanz, Thomas (2015). A solution for provisioning reliable M2M infrastructures using SDN and device management. 2015 3rd International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICoICT). IEEE, 81–86.

Coskun, Hakan and Pfeifer, Tom (2013). Time Division Configration Multiplexing of Wireless Interfaces. 38th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN 2013

Coskun, Hakan and Pfeifer, Tom and Elmangoush, Asma and Al-Hezmi, Adel (2013). Open M2M data - Position paper. 38th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks - Workshops. IEEE, 904–911.

Covaci, Stefan and Gavras, Anastasius (2015). Contributing to the Development of a Competitive European Healthcare Innovation Market. The Parliament Magazine, pp 17, 4 May

Covaci, Stefan and Pfeifer, Tom and Schneider, Armin and Jell, Thomas (2013). Aktiver Schutz von Patientendaten in mobilen e-Health Clouds. 18. ITG/VDE Fachtagung Mobilkommunikation (Mobilkomtagung 2013), 15-16 May 2013, ITG-Fachbericht No 242, VDE-Verlag Berlin

Tomaso de Cola; Ana Perez-Neira; Ravishankar Channasandra; Stefan Covaci (2018). Guest Editorial. IEEE Network ( Volume: 32 , Issue: 5 , September/October 2018 ). IEEE, 6-8.

Adam Kapovits; Marius-Iulian Corici; Ilie-Daniel Gheorghe-Pop; Anastasius Gavras; Frank Burkhardt; Thomas Schlichter; Stefan Covaci; (2018). Satellite communications integration with terrestrial networks. China Communications ( Volume: 15 , Issue: 8 , Aug. 2018 ). IEEE, 22-38.

Cristea, Mihai Lucian and Demchenko, Yuri and Gommans, Leon and Haleplidis, Evangelos and Willner, Alexander (2007). AAA Technologies for Optical Networks: Overview and Architecture selection.

Cristea, Mihai Lucian and Demchenko, Yuri and Gommans, Leon and Willner, Alexander (2007). AAA Architectures for multi-domain optical networking scenario's.

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. Poster on the Terena Networking Conference. Terena Networking Conference.

de Brito, Mathias and Hoque, Saiful and Magedanz, Thomas and Steinke, Ronald and Willner, Alexander and Nehls, Daniel and Keil, Oliver and Schreiner, Florian (2017). A Service Orchestration Architecture for Fog-enabled Infrastructures. 2nd International Conference on Fog and Mobile Edge Computing (FMEC). IEEE.

de Brito, M.S. and Hoque, Saiful and Steinke, Ronald and Willner, Alexander and Magedanz, Thomas (2017). Application of the Fog computing paradigm to Smart Factories and cyber-physical systems. Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies. Wiley, e3184.

de Brito, Mathias and Hoque, Saiful and Steinke, Ronald and Willner, Alexander (2016). Towards Programmable Fog Nodes in Smart Factories. 1st International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*W). IEEE, 236–241.


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