Note: I am currently moving on to a new company in March 2017.
The information below refers to my current position, where I remain employed until the end of February 2017.

Work Experience

Dr. Benjamin Jurke

My current position as Head of Research at DMG MORI’s software division keeps me in direct contact to academic research. Among other things, I coordinate the majority of our software-oriented R&D projects. For example, during a four year project we investigated the feasibility of a CNC simulation and production scheduling cloud platform (it’s OWL “InVorMa” project).

This mix of both industrial and applied academic work is a very nice aspect of the job. In the context of the fourth industrial (r)evolution, cutting-edge research is applied to real world problems. This leads to novel solutions like cyber-physical production systems, the application of cloud computing in industrial environments and implementing the vision of the internet of things.

Employment history

The DMG MORI group is the world’s largest manufacturer of CNC lathes and milling machines as well as associated software solutions and services. Lathes and mills are special kinds of robots designed for the high-precision manufacturing of metal goods—like motor blocks, artificial hips, turbine components and so on. In essence, those machines represent the backbone of industrial manufacturing. The operation is carried out primarily be removing material from a stock piece using cutting tools of various shapes and sizes, though additive techniques have been introduced in recent years. Considering the progress in modern robotics and automation due to advances on the software side and exponential growth in computational power, this traditionally hardware-oriented industry is poised to make some big leaps forward within the next couple of years.



  • 10/2015: Big Machines, Big Data, Big Challenges (in German) keynote presented at the OWL Maschinenbau 13. Fachtagung in Bielefeld, Germany. See the corresponding newspaper article.


  • 09/2016: Arbeitsvorbereitung durch virtuelle Werkzeugmaschinen (in German) presented at the it’s OWL Summer School in Bielefeld, Germany.
  • 06/2016: Intelligente Arbeitsvorbereitung auf Basis Virtueller Werkzeugmaschinen (in German) final “it’s OWL-InVorMa” project presentation in Bielefeld, Germany.
  • 03/2016: public panel discussion on Industrie 4.0 / IIoT and digitalization strategies at the 13. Bielefelder Mittelstandsforum in Bielefeld, Germany.
  • 09/2015: Werkzeugmaschinen und Projekt ‘InVorMa’ (in German) presented at the it’s OWL Summer School in Bielefeld, Germany.
  • 04/2015: Digitale Arbeitsvorbereitung und intelligente Werkzeugmaschinen (in German) presented at the it’s OWL-Fachkongress in Paderborn, Germany.
  • 09/2014: Überblick Prozesskette Drehen (in German) presented at the PAZAT-Fachkolloquium ‘Innovation Drehbearbeitung’ in Dresden, Germany.
  • 05/2014: G-Code: Der CNC-Assembler im 21. Jahrhundert (in German) presented at the TNG Big Tech Day 7 in Munich, Germany.
  • 11/2013: Werkzeugmaschinen und Industrie 4.0 - Visionen und Gegenwart (in German) presented at the Norddeutsche Industrietage in Würzburg, Germany.
  • 11/2013: Industrie 4.0 und Herausforderungen für den Werker von morgen (in German) presented at the Fachforum ‘Wissen und Lernen im Innovationsprozess’ in Berlin, Germany.
  • 06/2013: Vernetzung und Zustandsüberwachung bei Werkzeugmaschinen (in German) presented at the Clusterforum Mechatronik in Bamberg, Germany.
  • 05/2013: Innovationsprojekt InVorMa (in German) presented at the Strothmann Innovation Days in Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany.
  • 01/2013: Condition Monitoring—present practice and the future presented at the CIRP 2013 Continuous Maintenance meeting in Paris, France.