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

2006

Karsten Berns, Jochen Hirth
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Control of facial expressions of the humanoid robot head ROMAN
Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 3119-3124, 2006, October 9-15, Beijing, China
Norbert Schmitz, Jan Koch, Martin Proetzsch, Karsten Berns
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Fault-Tolerant 3D Localization for Outdoor Vehicles
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 941-946, 2006, October 9-15, Beijing, China
Carsten Hillenbrand, Karsten Berns
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The Force Controlled Propulsion And Adhesion System For A Climbing Robot
9th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 158-161, 2006, September 12-14
J. Koch, D. Zuehlke, K. Berns
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Service-Roboter mit mobilen Bediengeräten steuern
in Produktion, no. 38, 2006, September 21
Daniel Schmidt, Tobias Luksch, Jens Wettach, Karsten Berns
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Autonomous Behavior-Based Exploration of Office Environments
Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), pp. 235-240, 2006, August 1-5, Set\'ubal, Portugal
Bernd-Helge Schäfer, Martin Proetzsch, Tim Braun, Jan Koch, Norbert Schmitz, Karsten Berns
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RAVON - A Robust Autonomous Vehicle for Off-road Navigation
European Land Robot Trial - ELROB, 2006, May
Norbert Schmitz, Martin Proetzsch, Karsten Berns
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Pose Estimation in Rough Terrain for the Outdoor Vehicle RAVON
Proceedings for the joint conference of ISR 2006 and ROBOTIK 2006, VDI Düsseldorf, vol. 1956, pp. 1956-1965, VDI, 2006, May 15-17, Munich, Germany
J. Albiez, T. Luksch, K. Berns, R. Dillmann
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A Behaviour Network Concept for Controlling Walking Machines
Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines, Springer Verlag, pp. 237-244, 2006
Carsten Hillenbrand, Jan Koch, Jens Wettach, Karsten Berns
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Control of an Autonomous Climbing Robot
Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Springer, 2006
Carsten Hillenbrand, Karsten Berns
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Inspection of Surfaces with a Manipulator Mounted on a Climbing Robot
37th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR), 2006
Karsten Berns, Carsten Hillenbrand, Krzysztof Mianowski
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The Mechatronic Design of a Human-like Robot Head
Proceedings of the CISM-IFToMM Symposium on Robot Design, Dynamics, and Control (ROMANSY), pp. 263-270, 2006
Bernd-Helge Schäfer, Karsten Berns
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RAVON - An autonomous Vehicle for Risky Intervention and Surveillance
International Workshop on Robotics for risky intervention and environmental surveillance - RISE, 2006, 06
Berns, K.
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Aufbau eines autonomen Gabelstaplers zur Durchführung von Transportaufgaben
Praktikumsbericht, 2006, Wintersemester 2005