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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


Figuerola, Sergi and Garcia, Joan A. and Sanchez, Angel and de Waal, Christian and Willner, Alexander (2008). The network service plane: An approach for inter-domain network reservations. 10th Anniversary International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON). IEEE, 13–15.

Rentschler, Markus and Rohrmus, Dominik and Löwen, Ulrich and Graf Gatterburg, Andreas and Vojanec, Bernd and Willner, Alexander (2020). Standardization of Edge Communication and Protocols. International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA)

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

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.

Willner, Alexander and Legat, Christoph and Barnstedt, Erich and Wende, Jörg and Grieß, Stefan and Zehl, Sven and Usländer, Thomas (2018). Diskussionspapier: Domänenübergreifende Kommunikation interoperabel gestalten.

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.

Tenschert, Axel and Kübert, Roland and Battré, Dominic and Wäldrich, Oliver and Willner, Alexander (2009). Architektur des SLA-Frameworks und Integration.

Kerschbaumer, Florian and Uhlik, Julia (). Zukunftsbild Digitales Österreich 2040 - 2050.

IEC (2017). Edge Intelligence. , 1––134.

Tran, Quang Thanh and Medhat, Ahmed M and Elmangoush, Asma and Carella, Giuseppe and Willner, Alexander and Covaci, Stefan and Magedanz, Thomas (2016). Enabling Future Internet Testbeds with Open Source Software. European Conference on Networks and Communications 2016, 407–409.

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

Ante, Angela and Bennemann, Helmut and Blöcher, Christoph and Engelhart, Markus and Fitzke, Bernd and Geißen, Sven-Uwe and Hauswirth, Manfred and Kozariszczuk, Matthias and Leonhäuser, Johannes and Rother, Elmar and Sagawe, Gerd and Schließmann, Ursula and Track, Thomas and Willner, Alexander and Ziemer, Christian (2018). Industriewasser 4.0. , 1––36.

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

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


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