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

2001

J. Albiez, W. Ilg, T. Luksch, K. Berns, R. Dillmann
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Learning a Reactive Posture Control on the Four-Legged Walking Machine BISAM
International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2001, Oct. 23 - Nov. 3, Hawaii, USA
J. Albiez, T. Luksch, W. Ilg, K. Berns
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Reactive Reflex Based Posture Control for a Four-Legged Walking Machine
Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), FZI, 2001, September, Karlsruhe, Germany
K. Berns, J. Albiez, V. Kepplin, C. Hillenbrand
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Control of a Six-legged Robot using Fluidic Muscle
International Conference on Advanced Robotics, 2001, August, Budapest, Hungary
Bernd Gassmann, Kay-Ulrich Scholl, Karsten Berns
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Locomotion of Lauron III in rough Terrain
Proceedings on IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, vol. 2, pp. 959--964, 2001, July 8-12, Como, Italy
Karsten Berns, Rüdiger Dillmann
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4th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots From Biology to Industrial Applications
Professional Engineering Publishing Limited, vol. 1, 2001
Karsten Berns, Rüdiger Dillmann
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4th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots From Biology to Industrial Applications
Professional Engineering Publishing Limited, 2001
F. Weise, J. Köhnen, H. Wiggenhauser, C. Hillenbrand, K. Berns
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Non-Destructive Sensors for Inspection of Concrete Structures with a Climbing Robot
CLAWAR 2001, Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2001, pp. 945-952, 2001
C. Hillenbrand, K. Berns, F. Weise, J. Koehnen
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Development of a Climbing Robot System for Non-destructive Testing of Bridges
IEEE - International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice (M2VIP), HongKong, 2001
K.-U. Scholl, V. Kepplin, K. Berns, R. Dillmann
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Autonomous Sewer Inspection: Sensorbased Navigation
FSR 2001, Int. Conference on Field and Service Robotics, 2001
K. Berns, C. Hillenbrand
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RoboSense - A Climbing Robot to Examine Bridges and Dams
32nd International Symposium on Robotics (ISR), Seoul/Korea, 2001
K. Berns, R. Dillmann
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4th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots – CLAWAR 2001 From Biology to Industrial Applications
Professional Engineering Publishing, 2001
K. Berns, J. Albiez, V. Kepplin, C. Hillenbrand
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Airbug - Insect-like Machine Actuated by Fluidic Muscle
CLAWAR 2001 - Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, 2001, september 24-26