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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 Nehls, Daniel (2015). Semantic-based Management of Federated Infrastructures for Future Internet Experimentation. PhD Forum at the Conference on Networked Systems (NetSys). IEEE, 2.

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.

Willner, Alexander and Magedanz, Thomas (2014). FIRMA: A Future Internet Resource Management Architecture. Workshop on Federated Future Internet and Distributed Cloud Testbeds (FIDC). IEEE Xplore Digital Library, 1––4.

Willner, Alexander and Albrecht, Stephan and Covaci, Stefan and Schreiner, Florian and Magedanz, Thomas and Avéssta, Susanna and Fdida, Serge (2014). FanTaaStic: Sustainable Management of Future Internet Testbed Federations. 6th International Workshop on Management of the Future Internet (ManFI). IEEE/IFIP.

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.

Wauters, Tim and Vermeulen, Brecht and Vandenberghe, Wim and Demeester, Piet and Taylor, Steve and Baron, Loïc and Smirnov, Mikhail and Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Willner, Alexander and Sawyer, Mark (2014). Federation of Internet experimentation facilities: architecture and implementation. European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC). Ghent University Academic Bibliography, 1–5.

Mwangama, Joyce and Orimolade, Joseph and Ventura, Neco and Elmangoush, Asma and Steinke, Ronald and Willner, Alexander and Corici, Andreea and Magedanz, Thomas (2014). Prototyping Machine-to-Machine Applications for Emerging Smart Cities in Developing Countries. Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC). Roy Volkwyn (Telkom), 383––388.

Figuerola, Sergi and Grasa, Eduard and Garcia-Espin, Joan Antoni and Riera, Jordi Ferrer and Reijs, Victor and Kenny, Eoin and Lemay, Mathieu and Savoie, Michel and Campbell, Scott and Ruffini, Marco and O'Mahony, Donal and Willner, Alexander and Arnaud, Bill St. (2013). Bringing Optical Network Control to the User Facilities: Evolution of the User-Controlled LightPath Provisioning Paradigm. Cross-Layer Design in Optical Networks. Springer, 291–323.

Mwangama, Joyce and Willner, Alexander and Ventura, Neco and Elmangosh, Asma and Pfeifer, Tom and Magedanz, Thomas (2013). Testbeds for Reliable Smart City Machine-to-Machine Communication. South African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC). Open Access, 339–344.

Vandenberghe, Wim and Baron, Loïc and Bermudo, Carlos and Vico, Albert and Stavropoulos, Donatos and Larabi, Mohamed Amine and Odizzio, Lucia Guevgeozian and Quereilhac, Alina and Rakotoarivelo, Thierry and Papagianni, Chrysa and Androulidakis, Georgios and Kapoukakis, Aggelos and Schreiner, Florian and Willner, Alexander (2013). Detailed specifications for first cycle ready.

Vandenberghe, Wim and Vermeulen, Brecht and Demeester, Piet and Willner, Alexander and Papavassiliou, Symeon and Gavras, Anastasius and Quereilhac, Alina and Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Lobillo, Felicia and Velayos, Celia and Vico-oton, Albert and Androulidakis, Georgios (2013). Architecture for the Heterogeneous Federation of Future Internet Experimentation Facilities. Future Network and Mobile Summit (FNMS). IEEE, 1 – 11.

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.

Quereilhac, Alina and Willner, Alexander and Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Tranoris, Christos and Becue, Pieter and Sercu, Vincent and Auge, Jordan and Rakotoarivelo, Thierry and Gulyas, Andras and Biczok, Gergely and Chrysa, Papagianni (2012). Experimental plane - Experiment Controllers.

Willner, Alexander and Riera, Jordi Ferrer and Garcia-Espin, J. and Figuerola, Sergi and De Leenheer, M. and Develder, Chris (2010). An analytical model of the service provisioning time within the harmony network service plane. Globecom Workshops. IEEE, 514–518.

Figuerola, Sergi and Garcia-Espin, Joan Antoni and Ferrer, Jordi and Willner, Alexander (2009). Scalability Analysis and Evaluation of the Multi-domain, Optical Network Service Plane in Harmony. IEEE.

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