Head of Laboratory

Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns

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


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.



Patrick Wolf, Thorsten Ropertz, Philipp Feldmann, Karsten Berns
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Combining Onthologies and Behavior-Based Control for Aware Navigation in Challenging Off-Road Environments
Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO 2019), SCITEPRESS -- Science and Technology Publications, Lda, pp. 135--146, INSTICC, 2019, July 29--31, Prague, Czech Republic
Johannes Kneip, Patrick Fleischmann, Karsten Berns
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Crop Edge Detection based on Stereo Vision
Intelligent Autonomous Systems 15 -- Proceedings of the 15th International Conference IAS-15, Springer International Publishing, vol. 867, 2019, June 18, DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-01370-7
Patrick Wolf, Thorsten Ropertz, Alexander Matheis, Karsten Berns, Peter Decker
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Distributed Coordination and Task Assignment of Autonomous Tandem Rollers in Road Construction Scenarios
36th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2019), pp. 953-960, 2019, May 21--24, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, AB, Canada, DOI: 10.22260/ISARC2019/0127
Patrick Wolf, Thorsten Ropertz, Karsten Berns, Peter Decker
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White Paper: High Quality Road Construction using 5G-AMMCOA. Autonomous Mobile Machine Communication for Off-Road Applications
in  , pp. 1--7, 2019, February, presented along the 4. International VDI Conference - Connected Off-Highway Machines, 14--15 May, 2019, Düsseldorf, Germany
Karsten Berns, Alexander Köpper, Bernd Schürmann
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Technische Grundlagen Eingebetteter Systeme: Elektronik, Systemtheorie, Komponenten und Analyse
Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, 2019, https://www.springer.com/de/book/9783658265151 ISBN-13: 978-3-658-26515-1
Atabak Nejadfard, Steffen Sch{\"u}tz, Krzysztof Mianowski, Patrick Vonwirth, Karsten Berns
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Design of the musculoskeletal leg based on the physiology of mono-articular and biarticular muscles in the human leg
in Bioinspiration \& biomimetics, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 066002, 2019
Steffen Schütz, Atabak Nejadfard, Max Reichardt, Karsten Berns
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FPGA-based Embedded System Designed for the Deployment in the Compliant Robotic Leg CARL
Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2: ICINCO,, SciTePress, pp. 537-543, INSTICC, 2019
Axel Vierling, Tanittha Sutjaritvorakul, Jakub Pawlak, Karsten Berns
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Dataset Generation Using A Simulated World
Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region (RAAD 2019), pp. 505-513, 2019
T. Groll, S. Hemer, T. Ropertz, K. Berns
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Autonomous trenching with hierarchically organized primitives
in Automation in Construction, vol. 98, pp. 214 - 224, 2019