Head of Laboratory

Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns

Phone: 0631 205-2613
Room: 48-360
Mail: bernsinformatik.uni-klde

Vita

Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns has studied computer science with a special focus on artificial intelligence at the University of Kaiserslautern (1982 to 1988). For his research on "Neural Networks for the Control of a six-legged Walking Machine" he received his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe in 1994. As head of the IDS (Interactive Diagnosis and Service Systems) department of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Karlsruhe (till 2003) he examined adaptive control concepts for different types of service robots. Since 2003 he is a full professor at the University of Kaiserslautern.

His present research activities are realization of reliable, complex autonomous robotic systems. In this regard, he and his research group are developing a robotic middleware, namely Finroc, a behavior-based control architecture, iB2C, as well as different validation and verification methodologies. The main application area is off-road robotics, in which autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles like small trucks, excavators, harvesters, tractors, and rescue robots are under development.

Prof. Berns is a frequent reviewer of several journals and robotic conferences. Furthermore, he is a member of a number of editorial boards. He also acts as a reviewer for several national and international funding organizations. He is a member of the IEEE, the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) and the CLAWAR Association. He is a member of the executive committee of the German Robotics Association (DGR) and is leader of the technical committee for robotic systems of the GI. He has also served as a Dean of the department of computer science at the University of Kaiserslautern (2007-2010). He is a member of the scientific directorate Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz Center for Informatics of the Dagstuhl Seminar. Currently, he is the spokesperson of the Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology (ZNT) at the University of Kaiserslautern.

Publications

2017

Karsten Berns, Patrick Wolf
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Autonomie in unwegsamem Gelände. Aktuelle Zwischenergebnisse des CVC-Leitprojekts zum autonomen Fahrbetrieb von Nutzfahrzeugen im Off-Road Bereich
in CVC News, vol. 2, pp. 8--11, 2017, September
Karsten Berns, Atabak Nezhadfard, Massimo Tosa, Haris Balta, Geert De Cubber
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Search and Rescue Robotics - From Theory to Practice
InTech, pp. 53-76, 2017, August 23, http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/unmanned-ground-robots-for-rescue-tasks ISBN: 978-953-51-3376-6
Djordje Urukalo, Ljubinko Kevac, Zuhair Zafar, Salah Al-Darraji, Aleksandar Rodi{\'c}, Karsten Berns
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Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics
Springer International Publishing, vol. 49, pp. 657-664, 2017, August 24, Cham, Switzerland, http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319612751 ISBN: 978-3-319-61275-1
Salah Al-Darraji, Zuhair Zafar, Karsten Berns, Djordje Urukalo, and Aleksandar Rodi{\'c}
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Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics
Springer International Publishing, vol. 49, pp. 673-680, 2017, August 24, Cham, Switzerland, http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319612751 ISBN: 978-3-319-61275-1
Thorsten Ropertz, Patrick Wolf, Karsten Berns
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Quality-Based Behavior-Based Control for Autonomous Robots in Rough Environments
Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO 2017), SCITEPRESS – Science and Technology Publications, Lda, vol. 1, pp. 513--524, 2017, July 26--28, Madrid, Spain, ISBN: 978-989-758-263-9
Alexander Köpper, Karsten Berns
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Behaviour-Based Inverse Kinematics Solver on FPGA
Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region (RAAD), Springer, Cham, vol. 49, pp. 55-62, 2017, June 21-23, Turin, Italy
Tobias Groll, Steffen Hemer, Thorsten Ropertz, Karsten Berns
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A Behavior-based Architecture for Excavation Tasks
34th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), pp. 1005-1012, International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction, 2017, June 28-July 1
Max Reichardt, Steffen Schütz, Karsten Berns
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One Fits More - On the Relevance of Highly Modular Framework and Middleware Design for Quality Characteristics of Robotics Software
First IEEE International Conference on Robotic Computing (IRC), 2017
Steffen Schütz, Atabak Nejadfard, Krzysztof Mianowski, Patrick Vonwirth, Karsten Berns
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CARL – A Compliant Robotic Leg Featuring Mono- and Biarticular Actuation
IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, 2017