Dr.-Ing. 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 Technical University Berlin (TUB). He is working with his groups in applying standard-based Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to industrial domains. With a focus on moving towards the realization of the Fog Computing paradigm based on semantic annotations and the orchestration of microservices, particular attention is being paid to the fields of application Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0.
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 semantics-enabled distributed information systems, linked data, the Graph of Everything, communication middleware and service-oriented architectures. He is active in relevant standardization activities and holds according course offerings at the Technical University Berlin.