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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


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.

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.

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.

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. ACM, 10.

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.

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.

Diedrich, Christian and Bieliaiev, Alexander and Willner, Alexander and Koziolek, Heiko and Pethig, Florian and Niggemann, Oliver and Schröder, Tizian and Vialkowitsch, Jens and Usländer, Thomas and Wende, Jörg (2017). Semantic Interoperability for Asset Communication within Smart Factories. International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA). IEEE.

Demchenko, Yuri and Willner, Alexander (2008). AAA scenarios and test-bed experiences.

Mwangama, Joyce and Ventura, Neco and Willner, Alexander and Al-Hazmi, Yahya and Carella, Giuseppe and Magedanz, Thomas (2015). Towards Mobile Federated Network Operators. 1st Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft). IEEE, 1–6.

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

Eichinger, Joseph and Block, Dimitry and Kärcher, Bernd and Länsisalmi, Atte and Essigmann, Kurt and Spini, Marco and Willner, Alexander (2020). White Paper: Alignment of the Industrie 4.0 Architecture and 3GPP Architecture.

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.

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

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


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