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

2010

Jochen Hirth, Karsten Berns, Krzysztof Mianowski
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Designing Arms and Hands for the Humanoid Robot ROMAN
Proceedings of the International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Aerospace (ICMERA), pp. 63-67, 2010, December 2-4, Bucharest, Romania
Jens Wettach, Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Simulating Vehicle Kinematics with SimVis3D and Newton
Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Simulation, Modeling, and Programming for Autonomous Robots (SIMPAR'10), Springer-Verlag Berlin, pp. 156-167, 2010, November 15-18, Darmstadt, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-642-17318-9
Christopher Armbrust, Martin Proetzsch, Bernd-Helge Schäfer, Karsten Berns
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A Behaviour-based Integration of Fully Autonomous, Semi-autonomous and Tele-operated Control Modes for an Off-road Robot
Proceedings of the 2nd IFAC Symposium on Telematics Applications, IFAC, 2010, October 5-8, Politehnica University, Timisoara, Romania, invited paper
Syed Atif Mehdi, Karsten Berns
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Ordering of Robotic Navigational Tasks in Home Environment
Trends in Intelligent Robotics, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, vol. 103, pp. 242-249, 2010, September 15-17
Norbert Schmitz, Gregor Zolynski, Karsten Berns
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Human Head Pose Estimation using Multi-Appearance Features
33rd Annual German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI), no. 36, 2010, September 21-24, Karlsruhe, Germany
Syed Atif Mehdi, Karsten Berns
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Behaviour Based Searching of human using MDP
The European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (ECCE 2010), Mediamatica, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, no. ISBN: 978-94-90818-04-3, pp. 349--350, 2010, August 24-27, Delft, The Netherlands
T. Wahl, K. Berns
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Adaptable actuator for a human sized dynamic walker
Proceedings of the International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 648-655, 2010, August 31 - September 3, Nagoya, Japan
Marcel Jung, Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Behavior-based obstacle detection and avoidance system for the omnidirectional climbing robot Cromsci
13th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 73-80, 2010, August 31 - September 3, Nagoya, Japan
Sebastian Blank, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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A Fuzzy Approach to Low Level Sensor Fusion with Limited System Knowledge
13th International Conference on Information Fusion, 2010, July, Edinburgh, UK
Karsten Berns, Syed Atif Mehdi
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Use of an Autonomous Mobile Robot for Elderly Care
Advanced Technologies for Enhancing Quality of Life, IEEE Computer Society, pp. 121-126, 2010, July 15-19, Iasi, Romania
Tobias Föhst, Christiano Gava, Michael Arndt, Karsten Berns, Raquel Vassallo
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Off-road Place Recognition using Fused Image Features
Proceedings for the joint conference of ISR 2010 and ROBOTIK 2010, VDI Düsseldorf, pp. 151-156, 2010, June 6-9, Munich, Germany
Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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An autonomous excavator for landscaping tasks
Proceedings for the joint conference of ISR 2010 and ROBOTIK 2010, VDI Düsseldorf, pp. 819--826, 2010, June 6-9, Munich, Germany
Jens Wettach, Karsten Berns
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Dynamic Frontier Based Exploration with a Mobile Indoor Robot
Proceedings of the Joint 41st International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) and the 6th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK), VDE Verlag GmbH, pp. 28-35, 2010, June 7-9, Munich, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-8007-3273-9
Daniel Schmidt, Martin Proetzsch, Karsten Berns
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Simulation and Control of an Autonomous Bucket Excavator for Landscaping Tasks
Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2010), pp. 5108-5113 , 2010, May 3-8, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Sebastian Blank, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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A Case Study towards Evaluation of Redundant Multi-Sensor Data Fusion
Commercial Vehicle Technology 2010 - Proceedings of the 1st Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2010), Shaker Verlag, pp. 475--485, 2010, March, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Carsten Hillenbrand, Daniel Schmidt, Nureddin Bennett, Peter Bach, Karsten Berns, Christian Schindler
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Feasibility Study for the Automation of Commercial Vehicles on the Example of a Mobile Excavator
Commercial Vehicle Technology 2010 - Proceedings of the 1st Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2010), Shaker Verlag, pp. 22--31, 2010, March 16-18, Kaiserslautern, Germany, ISBN 978-3-8322-9040-5
Tim Braun, Heribert Koch, Oliver Strub, Gregor Zolynski, Karsten Berns
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Improving pesticide spray application in vineyards by automated analysis of the foliage distribution pattern in the leaf wall
Commercial Vehicle Technology 2010 - Proceedings of the 1st Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2010), pp. 539--548, 2010, March 16-18, Kaiserslautern, Germany, ISBN 978-3-8322-9040-5
Karsten Berns, Christian Schindler, Klaus Dreßler, Barbara Jörg, Ralf Kalmar, Jochen Hirth
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Commercial Vehicle Technology 2010 – Proceedings of the 1st Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2010)
Shaker Verlag, 2010, March 16-18, Kaiserslautern Germany, http://www.shaker.de/de/content/catalogue/index.asp?lang=de&ID=8&ISBN=978-3-8322-9040-5
Norbert Schmitz, Jochen Hirth, Karsten Berns
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A Simulation Framework for Human-Robot Interaction
Proceedings of the International Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (ACHI), pp. 79-84, 2010, February 10-16, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Martin Proetzsch, Tobias Luksch, Karsten Berns
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Development of Complex Robotic Systems Using the Behavior-Based Control Architecture iB2C
in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 46--67, 2010, January, doi:10.1016/j.robot.2009.07.027
T. Luksch, K. Berns
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Control of Bipedal Walking Exploiting Postural Reflexes and Passive Dynamics
IEEE International Conference on Applied Bionics and Biomechanics (ICABB), 2010
K. Berns, B. Schürmann, M. Trapp
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Eingebettete Systeme – Systemgrundlagen und Entwicklung eingebetteter Software
Vieweg+Teubner, 2010, http://www.viewegteubner.de/Buch/978-3-8348-0422-8/Eingebettete-Systeme.html
Martin Proetzsch, Fabian Zimmermann, Robert Eschbach, Johannes Kloos, Karsten Berns
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A Systematic Testing Approach for Autonomous Mobile Robots Using Domain-Specific Languages
KI 2010: Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, vol. 6359, pp. 317-324, 2010
T. Braun, G. Zolynski, H. Koch, O. Strub, K. Berns
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Visual Analysis of Vineyard Foliage Distribution
Proceedings of the International Conference of Agricultural Engineering, 2010
Karsten Berns, Daniel Schmidt
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Programmierung mit LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT
Springer, 2010, http://www.springer.com/computer/swe/book/978-3-642-05469-3
Christopher Armbrust, Tim Braun, Tobias Föhst, Martin Proetzsch, Alexander Renner, Bernd-Helge Schäfer, Karsten Berns
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RAVON – The Robust Autonomous Vehicle for Off-road Navigation
Using robots in hazardous environments: Landmine detection, de-mining and other applications, Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2010, ISBN-10: 1 84569 786 3; ISBN-13: 978 1 84569 786 0