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Dr.-Ing. Alexander Willner


IIoT Group Manager & Lecturer

Room 425
Einsteinufer 25
10587 Berlin



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


Rennoch, Axel and Willner, Alexander (2020). Edge Computing Standardisation and Initiatives. 5th GI/ACM I4.0 Standardization Workshop on Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS). GI/ACM, 1–5.

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

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.

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.

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.

Hamm, Andrea and Willner, Alexander and Schieferdecker, Ina (2020). Edge Computing: A Comprehensive Survey of Current Initiatives and a Roadmap for a Sustainable Edge Computing Development. Proceeding of WI2020. GITO Verlag, 694–709.

Willner, Alexander (2018). The Industrial Internet of Things. Internet of Things A to Z. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 293–318.

Diedrich, Christian and Bieliaiev, Alexander and Bock, Jürgen and Gössling, Andreas and Willner, Alexander and Koziolek, Heiko and Kraft, Andreas and Pethig, Florian and Niggemann, Oliver and Reich, Johannes and Schröder, Tizian and Vialkowitsch, Jens and Vollmar, Friedrich and Wende, Jörg (2017). Sprache für I4.0-Komponenten. Automation. VDI.

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.

Vij, Deepak and Bernstein, David and Morsey, Mohamed and Grosso, Paola and Magedanz, Thomas and Willner, Alexander (2015). Software defined Bearer Intercloud networks semantic-based network exchange for the IEEE P2302 Intercloud approach. 12th International Conference on Electrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology (ECTI-CON). IEEE, 1–6.

Schröder, Tizian and Willner, Alexander and Diedrich, Christian (2020). Semantische Interoperabilität in Cyber-physischen Produktionssystemen. Semantische Datenintelligenz im Einsatz

Figura, Richard and Radtke, Norman and Willner, Alexander and Martin, Michael (). Applying Linked Data Paradigms for Reagional Weather Data Reanalysis.

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.


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