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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


García Espín, Joan Antoni and Figuerola, Sergi and Prins, Antoon and Savoie, Michel and de Waal, Christian and Willner, Alexander (2007). Definition and development of the Network servie Plane and northbound interfaces development.

García Espín, Joan Antoni and Riera, Jordi Ferrer and de Waal, Christian and Willner, Alexander (2008). NSP Enhancements.

García Espin, Joan Antoni and Riera, Jordi Ferrer and Willner, Alexander (2009). Interoperability with GÉANT2 JRA3 and other related projects.

Garcia Espin, Joan Antoni and Figuerola, Sergi and Hommes, Ferdinand and Savoie, Michel and Sánchez, Angel and de Waal, Christian and Willner, Alexander (2007). NRPS southbound interfaces for standard GMPLS control plane.

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.

Willner, Alexander (2017). OpenIoTFog: Eine anbieterunabhängige Verwaltungsschale für Industrie-4.0-Komponenten. „Tagung Berliner und Brandenburger Industrie 4.0“ Safety und Security – Mit Sicherheit gut vernetzt. Beuth-Verlag.

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

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

Willner, Alexander and Diedrich, Christian and Younes, Raed Ben and Hohmann, Stephan and Kraft, Andreas (2017). Semantic Communication between Components for Smart Factories based on oneM2M. International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA). IEEE.

Willner, Alexander (2004). Entwicklung eines Prototyps zur interaktiven Telekommunikation von Berufsinformationen für Jugendliche. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen , 1––63.

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

Willner, Alexander and Giatili, Mary and Grosso, Paola and Papagianni, Chrysa and Morsey, Mohamed and Baldine, Ilya (2017). Using Semantic Web Technologies to Query and Manage Information within Federated Cyber-Infrastructures. Data (MDPI)

Willner, Alexander and Papagianni, Chrysa and Giatili, Mary and Grosso, Paola and Morsey, Mohamed and Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Baldin, Ilya (2015). The Open-Multinet Upper Ontology Towards the Semantic-based Management of Federated Infrastructures. 10th EAI International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities (d). ACM, 10.

Willner, Alexander (2006). Entwurf und Implementierung einer Ressourcen-Datenbank für das Instant-Grid-Projekt der GWDG. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen , 1––100.

Willner, Alexander and Loughnane, Robyn and Magedanz, Thomas (2015). FIDDLE: Federated Infrastructure Discovery and Description Language. International Conference on Cloud Engineering. IEEE, 465–471.

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