Work Experience

Dr. Benjamin Jurke

I work at Beckhoff Automation in R&D and Product Management in the areas of machine learning (or artificial intelligence, whichever notion one prefers) and data analytics applied to industrial settings.

From 2012 to 2017 I managed the software focused research collaborations of the DMG MORI group (formerly known as Gildemeister AG) as Head of Research at DMG MORI’s software division, in particular the projects of the “it's OWL” research cluster. 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).

Employment history

Beckhoff Automation is one of the major industrial automation companies in the world. Instead of relying on highly customized “black-boxed” hardware, Beckhoff is build around an unified automation software running on standard x86/x64 and ARM computer architectures. This approach has enabled Beckhoff to grow and advance alongside the general technological developments of computers, CPUs and processing power during the last decades.



  • 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.