I work in R&D for Machine Learning at Beckhoff Automation, specifically in applications of ML/A.I. and data analytics to real-time industrial settings, along with some associated product management. Otherwise, I am highly interested in all‑things‑tech and science.


I joined Beckhoff Automation in 2017, one of the world’s major innovators in the area of industrial automation. Before that, from 2012 to 2017, I managed the software focused research collaborations of the DMG MORI group (formerly known as Gildemeister AG), including the projects of the “it's OWL” research cluster.

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My academic research work in the area of string theory was focused on F-theory phenomenology and related mathematical questions. I hold a PhD in theoretical physics from the LMU Munich, based on research carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Physics and continued as an NSF-funded post-doc at the Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

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Computers, electronics and fundamental science have been at the center of my interest for as long as I can remember. More recently, I have been very interested in AI research (deep learning and neural networks) and blockchain technology. When I find the time, I code tools, try to keep this website updated or write the occasional article.

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Dr. Benjamin Jurke
R&D Machine Learning

Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co.KG
Hülshorstweg 20
33415 Verl