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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


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.

IndustryAgents GmbH (2020). Edge Computing – Technology trends and future markets. The Quintessence

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.

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

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

Willner, Alexander and Gowtham, Varun (2020). Towards a Reference Architecture Model for Industrial Edge Computing. IEEE Communications Standards Magazine, 1–10.

Willner, Alexander and Gowtham, Varun (2020). Towards a Reference Architecture Model for Industrial Edge Computing. IEEE Communications Standards Magazine

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

Willner, Alexander (2020). Cloud-Computing bekommt Gesellschaft. Berliner Wirtschaft (IHK), 56––58.

Stumpp, Barbara and Willner, Alexander (2019). Edge und Cloud im Clinch. AUTOMATION & DIGITALISIERUNG, 22–35.

Rentschler, Markus and Rohrmus, Dominik and Loewen, Ulrich and Graf Gatterburg, Andreas and Vojanec, Bernd and Willner, Alexander (2020). Standardization of Edge Configuration. 25th Annual Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA)

Willner, Alexander (2016). Semantic-based Management of Federated Infrastructures for Future Internet Experimentation. Technische Universität Berlin , 1–250.

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.

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.


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