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.



Lisa Kiekbusch, Christopher Armbrust, Karsten Berns
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Formal Verification of Behaviour Networks Including Sensor Failures
in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 74, Part B, pp. 331-339, 2015, December, DOI:10.1016/j.robot.2015.08.002
Dennis Christmann, Andreas Schmidt, Christian Giehl, Max Reichardt, Moritz Ohmer, Markus Berg, Karsten Berns, Reinhard Gotzhein, Thorsten Herfet
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Vertical Integration and Adaptive Services in Networked Production Environments
Proceedings of the ERP Future 2015, Springer, 2015, November 16, Munich, Germany
Salah Saleh, Manish Sahu, Zuhair Zafar, Karsten Berns
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A Multimodal Nonverbal Human-Robot Communication System
Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computational Bioengineering (ICCB), 2015, September 14-16, Barcelona, Spain
Tobias Groll, Steffen Hemer, Karsten Berns
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Autonomous Backhoe Loader
6. Fachtagung Baumaschinentechnik 2015: Maschinen, Prozesse, Vernetzung , FVB, vol. 49, pp. 351--366, FVB, 2015, September 16--18
Qi Liu, Jie Zhao, Steffen Schütz, Karsten Berns
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A mechanism of Particle Swarm Optimization on motor patterns in the B4LC system
18th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), 2015, September 6-9, Hangzhou, China
Jie Zhao, Qi Liu, Steffen Schütz, Karsten Berns
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A Bio-inspired Behavior Based Bipedal Locomotion Control – B4LC Method for Bipedal Upslope Walking
18th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), 2015, September 6-9
Salah Saleh, Karsten Berns
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Nonverbal Communication With a Humanoid Robot Via Head Gestures
PETRA '15: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2015, July 1-3, Corfu, Greece, ISBN 978-1-4503-3452-5/15/07
Michael Arndt, Karsten Berns
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Safe Predictive Mobile Robot Navigation in Aware Environments
Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO 2015), vol. 2, pp. 15-23, 2015, July 21-23, Colmar, France, Presented at ICINCO 2015, publication accessible via http://dx.doi.org/10.5220/0005509500150023
Max Reichardt, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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An overview on framework design for autonomous robots
in it - Information Technology, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 75-84, 2015, March, DOI: 10.1515/itit-2014-1065
Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Construction Site Navigation for the Autonomous Excavator Thor
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications, 2015, February 16-19, Queenstown, New Zealand
Qi Liu, Jie Zhao, Steffen Schütz, Karsten Berns
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Adaptive Motor Patterns and Reflexes for Bipedal Locomotion on Rough Terrain
2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015
Christopher Armbrust, Lisa Kiekbusch, Thorsten Ropertz, Karsten Berns
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Soft Robot Control with a Behaviour-Based Architecture
Soft Robotics - Transferring Theory to Application, Springer-Verlag, pp. 81--91, 2015
Matthias Jung, Songlin Piao, Thiyagarajan, Purusothaman, Xiao Pan, Thomas Kuhn, Christoph Grimm, Karsten Berns, Norbert Wehn
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Virtual Development on Mixed Abstraction Levels: an Agricultural Vehicle Case Study
Synopsys Users Group(SNUG) Germany 2015, 2015
Patrick Fleischmann, Karsten Berns
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A Stereo Vision Based Obstacle Detection System for Agricultural Applications
Proceedings of Field and Service Robotics (FSR), 2015, 24-26 June, Toronto, Canada
Karsten Berns
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Embedded Systems and Robotics
Master seminar reports , 2015, Winter semester 2014/15
Karsten Berns
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Eingebettete Systeme und Robotik
Bachelorseminarberichte, 2015, Wintersemester 2014/15