In April 2003 Prof. Berns founded the Robotics Research Lab at the University of Kaiserslautern. The main research activities are focussed on the realisation of complex autonomous robotic systems like wheel-driven indoor- and outdoor vehicles as well as climbing robots. In the field of humanoids a robotic head is under developed in order to study human-machine interaction.
To coordinate complex robotic systems biologically motivated approaches are followed on the level of algorithmic as well as the general control architecture. The development of elaborate machines requires specific design and implementation strategies for large hardware/software assemblies. In this context we are studying innovative computer architectures and electronic concepts. The results of this work are gradually published in the RRLib (Robotics Research Library) which is a growing compendium for robotic competences initiated by the Robotics Research Lab.
Furthermore we are constantly developing and improving tools for the adequate support of the development process over the full life cycle of robotic systems.
Here you can find the fields of research of the group and our current third-party research projects.