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

2016

Qi Liu, Jie Zhao, Karsten Berns
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Dynamically Stepping Over Large Obstacle utilizing PSO Optimization in the B4LC System
Advances in Cooperative Robotics: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Clawar 2016, pp. 428, 2016, September 12-14
Salah Al-Darraji, Karsten Berns, Aleksandar Rodi{\'c}
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Action Unit Based Facial Expression Recognition Using Deep Learning
Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2016, Springer International Publishing, vol. 540, pp. 413-420, 2016, July 1-2, Cham, Switzerland, http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319490571 ISBN: 978-3-319-49057-1
Aleksandar Rodi{\'c}, Djordje Urukalo, Milica Vujovi{\'c}, Sofija Spasojevi{\'c}, Marija Tomi{\'c}, Karsten Berns, Salah Al-Darraji, Zuhair Zafar
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Embodiment of Human Personality with EI-Robots by Mapping Behaviour Traits from Live-Model
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing: Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2016, Springer International Publishing, vol. 540, pp. 437-448, 2016, July 1-2, Cham, Switzerland, http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319490571 ISBN: 978-3-319-49057-1
Salah Al-Darraji, Zuhair Zafar, Karsten Berns
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Real-time Perception of Nonverbal Human Feedback in a Gaming Scenario
Proceedings of the 2016 British HCI Conference, 2016, July 11-15, Bournemouth, UK
Jens Wettach, Karsten Berns
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Experimental Evaluation of Some Indoor Exploration Strategies
13th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), pp. 280-287, 2016, July 29-31, Lisbon, Portugal
Daniel Schmidt, Fabian Göckel, Karsten Berns
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Behavior-based Collision Avoidance using a Cylinder-Coordinate Octree
Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS-14), 2016, July 3-7, Shanghai, China
Patrick Fleischmann, Thomas Pfister, Moritz Oswald, Karsten Berns
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Using OpenStreetMap for Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation
Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS-14), 2016, July 3-7, Shanghai, China, Best Conference Paper Award - Final List
Alexander Köpper, Karsten Berns
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FPGA-aided, behaviour based control of a robot manipulator
Proceedings DGR Days 2016, pp. 9, DGR, 2016, June 29-30, Leipzig, Germany, URL: http://h2t-projects.webarchiv.kit.edu/Projects/dgr2016/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/DGR_2016_Proceedings.pdf
Zuhair Zafar, Karsten Berns, Aleksandar Rodi{\'c}
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Recognizing Hand Gestures Using Local Features: A Comparison Study
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing: Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2016, Springer International Publishing, vol. 540, pp. 394-401, 2016, June 30-July 2, Cham, Switzerland, http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319490571 ISBN: 978-3-319-49057-1
Zuhair Zafar, Karsten Berns
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Recognizing Hand Gestures for Human-Robot Interaction
Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (ACHI), pp. 333-338, 2016, April 24-28, Venice, Italy
Karsten Berns, Klaus Dre{\ss}ler, Patrick Fleischmann, Rebecca Ilsen, Barbara J{\"o}rg, Ralf Kalmar, Tim Nagel, Christian Schindler, Nicole K. Stephan
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Commercial Vehicle Technology 2016 – Proceedings of the 4th Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2016)
Shaker Verlag, 2016, March 8-10, https://www.shaker.de/de/content/catalogue/index.asp?lang=de&ID=8&ISBN=978-3-8440-4229-0
Bernd Helge Leroch, Jochen Hirth, Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Sensor Data Representation A System for Processing, Combining, and Visualizing Information from Various Sensor Systems
Commercial Vehicle Technology 2016 -- Proceedings of the Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2016), pp. 71-79, 2016, March 8-10
Songlin Piao, Lisa Kiekbusch, Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns, Daniel Hering, Stefan Wirtz, Nils Hering, Jürgen Weiland
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Real-time multi-platform pedestrian detection in a heavy duty driver assistance system
Commercial Vehicle Technology 2016 -- Proceedings of the Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2016), pp. 61-70, 2016, March 8-10
Patrick Fleischmann, Karsten Berns
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Field and Service Robotics: Results of the 10th International Conference
Springer International Publishing, vol. 113, pp. 217--231, 2016, 978-3-319-27702-8
Steffen Schütz, Atabak Nejadfard, Karsten Berns
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Influence of Loads and Design Parameters on the Closed-Loop Performance of Series Elastic Actuators
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO), 2016
Steffen Schütz, Krzysztof Mianowski, Christian Kötting, Atabak Nejadfard, Max Reichardt, Karsten Berns
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RRLAB SEA – A Highly Integrated Compliant Actuator with Minimised Reflected Inertia
IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), 2016
Thorsten Ropertz, Karsten Berns, Xian Li, Klaus Schneider
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Verification of Behavior-Based Control Systems in their Physical Environment
Methoden und Beschreibungssprachen zur Modellierung und Verifikation von Schaltungen und Systemen (MBMV), University of Freiburg, pp. 128-137, 2016, Freiburg, Germany
Songlin Piao, Tanittha Sutjaritvorakul, Karsten Berns
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Compact Data Association in Multiple Object Tracking: Pedestrian Tracking on Mobile Vehicle as Case Study
9th IFAC Symposium on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles, 2016
Steffen Schütz, Atabak Nejadfard, Christian Kötting, Karsten Berns
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An Intuitive and Comprehensive Two-Load Model for Series Elastic Actuators
IEEE 14th International Workshop on Advanced Motion Control (AMC), 2016
Songlin Piao, Syed Atif Mehdi, Karsten Berns, Uwe Vollmar, Kilian Wolff
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Safeguarding of Commercial Vehicle for Autonomous Mode
Commercial Vehicle Technology 2016 -- Proceedings of the Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2016), 2016
Patrick Fleischmann, Johannes Kneip, Karsten Berns
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An Adaptive Detection Approach for Autonomous Forest Path Following using Stereo Vision
Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV 2016), 2016, November 13-15, Puket, Thailand